Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

The whole purpose here is for me to show you that it’s not that hard to grow some fruit and veggies in your own backyard. It’s really fun and pretty easy to do.

One of the biggest reasons for choosing to grow some of your own food is that you’ll know where it comes from! You’ll also know that it’s completely free of harmful pesticides. 

When you eat fresh organic veggies and fruit that are pesticide and chemical free, your body will respond and heal in ways you didn’t know were possible. You’ll feel better and the meals will taste great!

The consumer movement to aggressively demand changes in how our food supply is grown and handled is gaining momentum every day. The evidence of that is everywhere. 

No to GMO!

People are rejecting GMO foods and seeds and starting to shop locally and organically. Organic growers are seeing higher demand than ever before. 

Eating organic food is just better in several ways. Our health is tied very closely to what we eat. When we consume clean organically foods consistently, it’s been proven over and over again to have a large impact on alleviating many of the chronic health issues we all seem to be facing in greater and greater numbers. 

Now that the massively negative consequences of mass farming with pesticides is becoming so apparent, it’s more important than ever before for each of us to know where our food is coming from.

In addition to the dangers of pesticide use, the horrific consequences of growing and consuming GMO foods is surging to the forefront and with numerous alarming reports of crop failure and devastation. That’s not to mention the plight of the honey bees. 

Think about it…why have 38 countries around the world put an outright BAN on GMO foods and everything else GMO? That’s not happened here…why not? 

When it comes to packaged foods, eat as little of these as possible. Make more of your dinners from scratch. In a lot of cases, with the proper planning, it doesn’t take that much longer…and it’s much healthier.

Back to the Garden

I recommend growing as much as you can yourself at home but at the same time it’s not reasonable that we each try to grow everything ourselves.

So for all the other fresh veggies and fruits, I recommend purchasing from local veggie markets and other organic farmers in your area. They’ll usually have plenty of very high quality, pesticide free fruits and vegetables. 

What’s Easy?

To begin with it’s pretty easy to get started growing some carrots, potatoes, peas, beans and even berries. They are all quite low maintenance. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with it can be done pretty easily. 

It can actually be inexpensive to get your own little food garden started right outside your back door using the different types of creative growing methods available. 

Creative Growing

Efficient use of the space at hand is all that’s needed and sometimes that doesn’t even require ground area. Vertical planters and hanging planting systems are easy to buy or build and come in hundreds of different sizes and designs.

Wall mounting systems are great for small rooted plants such as radishes, Tom Thumb carrots, lettuce, spinach and other greens. 

Most fruits and veggies are adaptable and will be happy growing in a container. These include bell peppers, hot peppers, carrots, beans, peas, peppers, cucumbers and many more.

This is handy since a lot of people are living in apartments, smaller homes or condos and most have limited yard space if any at all.

The easiest veggies to grow are carrots, potatoes, beans, lettuce and peas. The easiest fruits I’ve found to grow so far are blueberries and all kinds of raspberries.

The bountiful harvest of sweet, delicious, pesticide free fruit and veggies that can be grown in containers huge. It has amazing taste and is rewarding to grow.

A Delicious Harvest of Mixed Raspberries

Raspberries

My number one favourite fruit has to be raspberries, all types of raspberries.

This picture to the right is a real image of a pile of red, yellow, black and purple raspberries from my garden in late August last year.

There is a brief time each year that all of the raspberry varieties are producing at once. This is the most delicious time of year.

The Beginning

When I started gardening, I learned on my own and no one told me that I couldn’t do gardening this way…so I did!

I figured that a plant + soil in a container = a garden…right?? No problem!

It was about 5 years into successfully “learn as I go” container food gardening that I started reading books on gardening.

I found out from these books that none of my plants would tolerate growing in a container or small space. The books said that my food plants would struggle to thrive, I would have poor harvests and eventually die.

Really?

I wondered as I looked out over my mature lush, green garden full of fruit and veggies. I guess no one told them they couldn’t grow like that!

If you want to learn how you can do it too, stick with me and read on. The options to create a beautiful garden that suits your space and available budget are numerous, even if the funds are a bit low.

The Kitchen GardenYoung Indoor Basil Enjoying a Sunny Afternoon Outside

The kitchen garden is a great way to get warmed up to a little bit of gardening right on your window sill or patio. It’s quite inexpensive to do this.

Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. It’s fast growing and tastes good in so many recipes.

Oregano, thyme, sage, hot peppers and bell peppers are all good in a kitchen garden too.

Teach the Kids

Kids are eager to learn anything and everything they can, so teaching them about gardening and how to grow food is perfect!

It’s fantastically important to pass on the knowledge and love of gardening on to our next generations of kids. Food is pretty important to our survival!
Pea Seed Sprout

Gardening gives kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about growth and caring for a plant, which in turn teaches them about life itself.  

They’ll gain great satisfaction from sprouting seeds or growing young plants into delicious food they can eat.

The first time they sprout a seed and grow it into food they can eat, they’ll be amazed and so proud of themselves. 

If you have children of any age, definitely involve them in the planting activities too. Learn as you go – together.

Soil has a calming effect on kids and grounds them in really good ways. Playing in the soil and gardening has been shown to reduce stress and hyperactivity in both kids and adults.

Include the Little Kids Too

Even really young kids and toddlers can get into the digging and planting. Just make it age and ability appropriate but not too restrictive at the same time.

Give kids the room to learn and discover what soil feels like and even tastes like if they want…a bite of good old fashioned dirt won’t kill them!

Let them get dirty and most of all let them have fun. They might even surprise you with what they understand and are capable of doing. You might even plant the seed of a life long passion for them.

It may not be tidy, they might spill some seeds and soil, but they’ll love it and learn so much. Enjoy that time with them, it’s priceless. 

I hope you like the site, spend some time here and most of all I hope you become inspired to grow some of your favourite fruits and veggies in your own backyard or small space. 

Even if you only have room for one or two containers, then still do it. It’s easier than you might think. The harvest is uniquely delicious and well worth the effort.

Thank you for visiting!
Leave a comment below and let me how I can help you get started.

Stacy
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  1. You know I’ve always said this looks like alot of work but considering the chemicals, additives and preservatives I deliver every day which goes into our foods, I think I might have to look past that and maybe start planting my own veggies. If anything it might even relax me. Alot of people say it does.

    • It’s a very valid motivation, there are far too many things in and on our food that we don’t realize. Gardening doesn’t have to be a lot of work, it all depends on how you approach it and how much space you are working with.

      Try some of the vertical growing systems that are available and it’ll stay pretty low effort. Even if you warm up to it slowly and start with just a few easy seeds or veggies like carrots and lettuce, it’ll become easier and more familiar as time goes along.

      Gardening is oddly relaxing and very peaceful. It’ll provide benefits for you that you didn’t know you needed! It’s worth learning, for sure. Let me know if you need help getting started.

  2. Stacy, we live in the mountains in the Southwest USA and our growing season is way too short. Any suggestions for vegetables that we could extend our season by moving in a few at night or would the change in climate be too much of a shock to them. Our kids are 9 and 11, they could help with the moving. Missy

    • Hi Missy

      I apologize for the delay in my response. Thanks for asking.

      I think you are right, the temperature shock would be too much for them if you moved them in and out each day.

      Do you have room for a greenhouse? If you can, using a greenhouse (of any size) will extend your season significantly.
      Stacy

      • Hi Stacy, I think we are out of luck on this. Our front and back yard are pine trees. Wonderful to live in but not great for a garden (no sun). Sunday we are suppose to be down to 36 at night. We did have greenhouses when I was a kid but I don’t think one would do anything here? I will keep a look out this winter for a location. That would be a great experience for the family. Missy

        • Hi Missy
          I see, the pine trees make a huge difference. I agree, they are beautiful but not helpful for gardening. 🙂 I have a lot of trees around too but there is a gap in them (thankfully) and I have everything set out exactly in the areas of the sun that get through.

          Your area gets cold sooner in the year than here, we’re still in the low 50’s at night. “Frost cover” fabric can help the veggies get through the chilly nights. It should be easy to find in a nursery nearby.

          Carrots actually taste a little better when they get chilled and putting mulch on top of them will extend their time to grow even further. Carrots are so easy to grow and there are many colors available to make it even more interesting for the kids. Choose a smaller variety with a mature length of 6″ or so for a faster harvest time and sweeter flavor. Lettuce and most leafy veggies prefer shady spots and broccoli and peas are also suitable for cool weather.

          I hope this helps a bit!
          Stacy

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