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Friday, December 23, 2011

VAASTU SHASTRA | KITCHEN GARDEN

The Kitchen Garden is a perfect addition to any house - it improves the atmosphere completely.  It is a place where utensil washing, grinding and preparation of food is done. 

If there is a more space, then herbs, vegetables and fruit trees are grown and it is a place for family members to sit outside and enjoy the outdoors.


 
Here are some Vaastu tips to be considered while planning your Kitchen Garden which will improve the quality of plants and thereby improve the family's health and well-being.

LOCATION OF A KITCHEN GARDEN:
  • East or Northern sides of the plot are ideal for Kitchen backyard/garden.
  • Avoid backyards in the Southern and Western sides of the plot.
  • In a West facing house, there should be a bigger backyard towards the East instead of a front garden in the West.
  • In South facing house, there should ideally be a big backyard towards the North instead of any open space in the front,  in the South.
VAASTU GUIDELINES FOR A KITCHEN GARDEN:
  • All the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) need to be balanced and in harmony in the kitchen garden for the plants to grow free from disease and stress. 
  • The disproportion of any one element-quality of the earth, quality of water, wind, sun, or the amount of space it is planted in-will inhibit the growth of the plants.
  • Each area of the kitchen garden is associated with one of the five elements.
VAASTU FOR THE FOUR CORNERS OF A KITCHEN GARDEN:
SOUTH-WEST:
  • The South-West area of the Kitchen garden is associated with the earth element which creates a sustaining and grounding force. 
  • Stabilise the South-West area of your garden with a rock garden, tall trees and even a stone statue. 
NORTH-EAST:
  • The water element should be used in the North-East part of the kitchen backyard to allow the plants to flourish.
  • Add a fountain or reflection pool or pond or swimming pool in this area to reflect this beneficial energy throughout the garden. 
  • Avoid tall trees in the North-East. Grow only low plants that will allow the flow of positive solar energy.  
SOUTH-EAST:
  • The South-East side of your garden should be devoted to the fire element so that the plants will be disease free. You can place a fire pit or an outdoors cooking fire in this corner.
  • In case you do not want to have an outdoor stove, then plant tulips, geraniums and dahlias here as red is the colour of this  direction.
NORTH-WEST:
  • Balance the air element in the North-West to encouraging cross-pollination. 
  • Use wind chimes in this corner.
  • Since blue is the colour of this area, plant bluebells, forget-me-nots and iris to enhance the influences coming from this direction.
This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Kitchen Garden. The Kitchen garden is generally adjacent to the Kitchen and Store room and leads to the Front garden and the Gate. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:
Vaastu Shastra | Kitchen 
Vaastu Shastra | Store room
Vaastu Shastra | Gates
Vaastu Shastra | Garden trees and plants

SUGGESTED READING:
Vaastu Shastra is a rational science based on facts, observations and governed by a set of principles. To understand the logic and Scientific reasoning of these Vaastu principles, go to Vastu Guidelines | Kitchen Garden.


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