How to Grow a Pizza Garden

Grow a pizza garden at home! There are many pizza toppings that come from plants you can easily grow at home. Try growing a few of these options for delicious homemade pizza!

Oregano

A pizza essential, oregano is a herb that’s easy to grow in the home garden. Oregano loses flavour after flowering, so pinch or cut off the flowers to prolong the harvest and encourage bushier growth. Native to the Mediterranean, oregano grows well in hot, sunny areas, its drought tolerant and easy to grow in containers.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an excellent choice for nearly all small gardens because they’re extremely productive. If you’re short on space, look for smaller varieties like Sweet 100, Patio, Tommy Toe or Sweet Bite.

If you’re interested in making your own marinara sauce for pizza, try growing Roma, Heirloom or Beefsteak.

Grow tomatoes in full sun and keep their soil consistently moist and feed well when fruiting begins.

Chillis

Perfect to give your pizza a spicy kick, or great mixed with tomato to create a delicious sauce for the base. Chillis like sun, so find a sunny area in your garden for them, chillis can also be planted in pots or containers. Keep well watered during the warmer months. Chillis can sometimes be a bit slow to start, but once they get going, they fruit prolifically!

Basil

Homegrown basil has so much more flavour than store-bought. Grow in full sun for the best flavour. Pinch the leaves just above a set of two large leaves to encourage further sprouting. Trim flowers to keep the plant producing leaves. Speaking of leaves, there are varieties with variegated or purple leaves for a bit of extra flair!

Thyme

This perennial herb has a lot going for it. Choose a thyme that suits your garden’s needs. ‘German Winter’ thyme is larger and bushier, while ‘Creeping’ thyme is an excellent ground cover in rock gardens. Thyme is native to the Mediterranean and prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Rocket

Rocket provides a strong, peppery taste. It is a very fast growing leafy green, taking only a few weeks to mature. Growing in two week intervals will help keep the supply going.

Rocket is one of those greens that can handle some shade as well so if you run out of space in the full sun garden, they won’t mind a shady spot.

Microgreens

Nutritious and easy to grow, microgreens are a garden goer. Microgreens add home-grown colour, texture, flavour, crunch and class. Microgreens are the perfect solution as they are cheap and easy to grow, take up little space and are usually ready in 1 – 2 weeks from sowing.

Pre-soak larger seeds in warm water for a few hours before sowing. Sprinkle your seeds evenly over the surface of the mix in large containers and press in lightly. For smaller seeds, you can apply a thin layer of soil or sieved compost over the top so they are all covered.

 

Here’s our handy pizza garden guide.

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