Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

We as consumers are beginning to aggressively demand changes in how our fresh food supply is grown and handled. The reports and evidence of that is everywhere.

Eating local organic food is better in many ways. Our health is tied closely to what we eat. Consuming pure organic foods consistently have been shown to have a large impact on alleviating many ‘so-called’ chronic diseases. 

We want to know where our food is coming from and we want to understand the ingredients of what we eat like never before.

Now that the intensely 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.

The horrific consequences of GMO foods is a whole separate conversation.

I recommend purchasing from local veggie markets and other organic farmers through the “farmers’ markets” in your area. They usually showcase very high quality, pesticide free, locally grown, healthy food. 

Or if you have a little space of your own then grow some of your own fruit and vegetables at home.

If you have no options at home at all, then see if you have a community garden in your neighbourhood. Stop by and ask if there is any space to rent and get your garden going that way.

Growing carrots, potatoes or berries is pretty easy and quite low maintenance. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with it can be done very easily. The options are numerous and growing a bit of your own food at home isn’t that difficult.

It’s actually quite easy and inexpensive to get your own little food garden started right outside your back door using different types of creative growing methods. 

Efficient use of the space available is all that’s needed and sometimes that doesn’t even require ground area. This is a beautiful cedar wall planting system perfect for those without any ground space to work with at all. Vertical planting systems are easy to find and come in dozens of different designs. 

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

There are so many different types of vertical growing options available too. This is handy since a lot of people are living in smaller homes or condos and most have limited yard space if any at all.

The easiest are carrots, potatoes, beans, lettuce, Swiss chard. The easiest fruits I’ve found to grow so far are blueberries, huckleberries, raspberries and cherry trees.

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

A Delicious Harvest of Mixed Raspberries


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

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.

At 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 + container = a garden…right?? No problem!

It was about 5 years into successfully “learn as I go” container food gardening and growing in crazy ways and ultimately reaping quite large harvests that I started reading books on gardening.

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

Really? I wondered as I looked out over my ageing but 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 so easy and tastes so good in so many recipes.

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

Bring the Kids Too

Kids are eager to learn anything and everything so learning 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.
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 and many other life skills from sprouting seeds or growing young plants into delicious food they can eat.

The first time (and every 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. Soil has a calming effect on kids and grounds them in really good ways.

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

Order some toddler gardening tools here which are made just the right size for them. Then let them go at it and discover how fun gardening is.

Give the kids room to learn and discover what soil feels like and tastes like! 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.

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

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

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.

Backyard Food Growing

Wayside Gardens


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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.

      • 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!

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