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How to Grow a Delicious Pizza Garden: A Slice of Gardening Fun!

Updated: Aug 25, 2023


Hello there, young green thumbs! Are you ready to embark on a journey that combines gardening with everyone's favourite food? Imagine having your very own pizza garden, where you can grow all the delicious toppings that make a pizza so scrumptious!

Today, we're going to show you how to create a vibrant and thriving pizza garden, filled with fresh veggies like spring onions, basil, tomatoes, baby spinach, and even some capsicum if you'd like.

So put on your gardening gloves and let's get started!

Firstly, choose the Perfect Spot:

Find a sunny area in your backyard or create a small space on your balcony or windowsill. Your pizza garden will need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day to flourish.


Prepare the Soil:

Good soil is the secret ingredient for a successful pizza garden. Remove any weeds or rocks from the area, then loosen the soil with a garden fork. If the soil is heavy or clay-like, mix in some organic compost or well-rotted manure to improve its texture.


Planting the Seeds:

Now comes the exciting part—planting your pizza toppings! Start by sowing the seeds or transplanting seedlings of your chosen veggies. Here are some guidelines for each topping:


Tomatoes:

Plant tomato seedlings about 18 inches apart, making sure to provide support with stakes or cages as they grow taller. Tomatoes love warm weather and will need a little extra care and water.


Basil:

Basil loves warm weather too! Sow the seeds about 6-8 inches apart, or transplant seedlings. Remember to pinch off the top leaves regularly to encourage bushier growth.


Spring Onions:

Sow the seeds or transplant seedlings about 2 inches apart. You can harvest the green leaves when they reach your desired size, or wait for the bulbs to form for a more traditional onion flavour.


Baby Spinach:

Sow the seeds or transplant seedlings about 4-6 inches apart. Make sure to keep the soil moist and provide shade during hot summer days to prevent bolting (going to seed too soon).


Capsicum (Optional):

If you'd like to add some colourful capsicum to your pizza garden, sow the seeds or transplant seedlings about 12-18 inches apart. Capsicum loves warmth, so ensure they get plenty of sunlight.


  1. Water your pizza garden regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Use a watering can or gentle spray nozzle to avoid disturbing the tender seedlings. Remember to also weed the garden regularly to prevent competition for nutrients.

  2. Watch it Grow: As the days pass, you'll notice your pizza garden transforming into a beautiful medley of greenery. Keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases, and take appropriate action to protect your plants. You can also add organic fertilizers every few weeks to provide extra nourishment.

  3. Pizza Party: once fully grown, it's time to harvest and cook!


Congratulations, young gardeners! You've successfully grown your very own pizza garden, and the satisfaction of harvesting and creating your own delicious pizzas is truly unbeatable. Remember, gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature, learn about the magic of plants, and enjoy the rewards of your hard work. So keep exploring, keep growing, and keep enjoying the beauty of nature's bounty. Happy gardening and bon appétit!


Easy and Delicious Homemade Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)

  • Pizza sauce

  • Cheese (mozzarella or any other favourite melting cheese)

  • Fresh toppings from your pizza garden:

  • Tomatoes, sliced

  • Basil leaves

  • Spring onions, chopped

  • Baby spinach leaves

  • Capsicum (optional), sliced

  • Additional toppings (optional):

  • Pepperoni, sliced

  • Olives, sliced

  • Mushrooms, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven: Follow the instructions on the pizza dough package or preheat your oven to the recommended temperature for homemade dough.

  2. Roll out the dough: Dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the pizza dough to your desired thickness. If it's store-bought dough, make sure to follow the package instructions for rolling and shaping.

  3. Spread the sauce: Using a spoon or ladle, spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.

  4. Add the cheese: Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese over the sauce. Feel free to use as much or as little cheese as you like!

  5. Add your fresh garden toppings: Arrange the sliced tomatoes, basil leaves, spring onions, baby spinach, and capsicum (if using) on top of the cheese. Get creative and design your own patterns or mix the toppings together for a vibrant and colourful pizza.

  6. Optional additional toppings: If you'd like, you can also add other toppings like pepperoni, olives, or mushrooms to enhance the flavours. Feel free to experiment with different combinations!

  7. Bake the pizza: Carefully transfer the pizza onto a baking sheet or a preheated pizza stone, and place it in the preheated oven. Ask a grown up to help. Follow the recommended baking time and temperature provided with your dough or bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

  8. Slice and serve: Once the pizza is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to slice it into kid-friendly portions. Serve hot and enjoy the delicious flavours of your homemade pizza!


 

Remember, the best part about making your own pizza is that you can customize it with your favourite toppings. Get creative, try different combinations, and have fun experimenting with flavours!

Enjoy your garden-to-table pizza, and let the delightful taste of your hard work fill your bellies and hearts. Happy cooking!



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