Pizza Garden: Fun For the Whole Family!
A Pizza Garden?
Creating a garden doesn’t have to be something you do on your own. If you pick a cool ‘theme’ for your garden, it can also become a fun activity the whole family can enjoy! Something i’ve seen online is starting a pizza garden. It seems as though everyone loves pizza, and I can’t imagine anything better than making a pizza with freshly grown ingredients straight from the garden! What a fun way to get the whole family excited about gardening!
Where to Begin…
To start, create a circular garden bed in a sunny area. The foundation to any successful garden is a good quality soil. We suggest using our Black Garden Soil as it creates a perfect growing environment and provides your vegetables with the nutrients it needs to thrive!
Next, edge the garden to give it a clean, circular look, and use rope or wood to segment the garden into ‘slices’. Next, space your plants to ensure they have enough space to grow and your garden won’t become overcrowded. Tomato plants get quite a bit larger than herbs, so also take that into consideration when planting! We suggest planting 2 or 3 tomato plants, peppers, basil, oregano and onions. In addition, you can choose a couple of fun and interesting vegetables as well! Broccoli is a great topping, and zucchini and arugula are interesting additions to a pizza! Be sure to play around with your combinations! In addition, leave some room to move around the garden for easy weeding and watering.
A fun activity for your kids is to have them make signs for each of the plants! In addition to this being a great way to get them invested in the garden, it will also help you remember what each of the plants are. Also be sure to use materials that are waterproof and can also survive a season outdoors.
Water the garden frequently, and also weed as needed. Simply harvest and enjoy your deliciously fresh pizzas all season long!
A pizza garden is great, but you can try a different garden theme if pizza isn’t your thing. So try a taco garden, and plant lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro. Or you could try a salsa garden with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and hot peppers! The possibilities are endless! Simply pick a meal that you enjoy and create a garden around it. In addition, be sure to try our easy pizza sauce recipe for a flavourful and vibrant base to your pizzas!
Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe
- 7 or 8 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic (optional)
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat your olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until soft. If using, add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Add in the tomatoes, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring these ingredients to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened to a thick, pizza sauce consistency. About 1.5-2 hours. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. At this point if it tastes too acidic or tangy add a bit of sugar.
Next, transfer your sauce to a blender, and add in the tomato paste. Next, blend the sauce until smooth. This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days, and can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Enjoy!