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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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