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Pizza Gardens

Make Your Own Pizza Garden

 

layout for a pizza garden








Pizza gardens are named not so much because they can be shaped like a pizza, but more so because all the ingredients you would need to make a great pizza pie are right there. A pizza garden can be round and divided into "slices" of varying vegetables and herbs, just like a real pizza, or they can be any shape your little heart desires.

They can also be grown in a sun drenched location in containers on a patio, terrace or window box. Most plants used for pizza gardens require full sun, they are sun-lovers, so 6-8 hours of sunlight is best not only for a high yield but also for flavor.

Once you've decide what area to allocate to your pizza garden.

1. Turn and loosen the soil to about a foot in depth, remove any weeds.

2. Add fertilizer, compost or well-rotted manure as per the needs of the particular plants in varying section or 'slices' of the garden.

3. In container gardens, be sure that the containers are large enough for the plants when they reach full maturity.

Plants grown in containers also have differing fertilizer requirements, as watering drains the nutrients more rapidly.

Recommended Plants for a Pizza Garden:

Tomatoes: "Real Italians" prefer Plum or Pompeii varieties, myself -being a counterfeit Italian prefer Beefy varieties for my sauces and I then flavor with herbs and spice. Pizza itself is not really Italian anyway, it's an American invention.

Plan on growing several varieties of tomatoes, you may also want to add some yellow and cherry tomatoes for toppings, or to use later to make sun dried tomatoes.

Garlic - Ever heard of a sauce without Garlic ? Of course not. Unfortunately Garlic should be planted in Autumn for spring/summer harvest.

You would have to plan well ahead to have Garlic in your Pizza Garden.

Onions: Onions can be planted from seeds or sets. Select red, white or yellow varieties. They are also good companion plants to tomatoes and can be mixed in with tomato plants, so long as the full grown tomato doesn't block the onions sunlight. Onions should be planted early in the season, before you'd plant tomatoes, peppers or herbs.

Arugula: Arugula, has a delicate flavor. Add as a topping to pizza just before serving, it doesn't cook well.

Oregano: Now whoever heard of a sauce without Oregano? There are many varieties, some are hotter than others. If you prefer a more mild sweeter variety try the Greek - Spicier try Italian. A good Greek variety is Dittany of Crete, it's not a big producer but has a nice flavor. The most common variety is Marjoram. Hang the harvested plants upside down in a warm {Not Hot} dark location for drying - or use a dehydrator.

Peppers: Sweet Bell Peppers in varying colors for toppings. Chile peppers are available in different levels of intensity anywhere from a mild jolt to nuclear fusion.

Basil: Basil is great companion of Tomato plants, It is said to enhance the flavor of tomatoes, not only in the garden but also in the sauce. Italian Pesto Basil is the best, for abundance, and also flavor.

Other pizza garden possibilities include parsley, thyme, and Eggplant. Anchovies !!??? No ! no anchovies ... well ok ... maybe in the compost heap .





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