Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

I’m glad you found my little green online garden!

Have you always wanted a food garden but don’t have a lot of space? Maybe you have space but it’s covered with grass or nasty, hard packed soil? 

It’s actually quite straightforward and inexpensive to get your own little food garden started right at home just outside your back door. 

There are many fruits and veggies that will be happy growing in a container, you’d be surprised. There are so many different types available now because so many people are living in smaller homes and most have limited yard space if any at all.

The easiest veggies to grow are carrots, potatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, pole and bush beans and pole and bush peas. Those also happen to be my favorite veggies.

There are many other vegetables that will grow in less than traditional environments also such as lettuce and all the leafy veggies, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, hot peppers and just about any other you can name.

Let’s not forget the bountiful harvest of sweet delicious fruit that can be grown in containers too!A Delicious Harvest of Mixed Raspberries

My number one favorite has to be growing raspberries – of all kinds. Blueberries are a close second.

I’ve even got cherry trees in containers too. The growing options are numerous with just a little creativity and ingenuity.

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!

It was about 5 years into successfully “playing in the garden”, having a ton of fun and reaping quite large harvests when I started reading books on gardening.

It was then that I found out that none of my plants would tolerate growing in a container, they would have poor harvests and eventually die.

Really?? I wondered as I looked out over my lush green garden. I guess no one told them they couldn’t grow like that!

The options to create a beautiful growing bed 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.

Basil is my favorite herb to grow, it’s so easy and tastes so good in so many recipes. Oregano, thyme and sage are all good in a kitchen garden.

Efficient use of space 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 ground area.Vertical planting systems are easy to find and come in dozens of different designs. 

Here is one example of small space vegetable gardening that utilizes the space well:

The idea is to plant pole beans along one side of a container or raised bed. Then just a little distance away from the bean seeds you can plant lettuce, spinach, radishes or any veggie that prefers cooler or shadier conditions. As the pole bean plants grow taller, the large leaves will provide the desired shade for the veggies below. 

This idea will literally take up only a few square feet.

Square Foot Gardening is a brilliant way to maximize limited growing space.

Bring the Kids Too

What does just about every kid love to do? Play in the dirt!

How does a gardener describe the day in the garden? It’s usually something like this: “I spent the day playing in the dirt and…”.

It’s fantastically important to pass the love of gardening and the life skills that go with it on to the next generation 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 many other life skills as well from sprouting seeds or growing young plants and bulbs into delicious food or beautiful flowers. 

They’ll gain great satisfaction from successfully growing a seed into a delicious fruit or vegetable they can eat. Likewise, if they grow a perennial or a seed and grow it into a beautiful flower they’ll be amazed and so proud of themselves. 

If you have children of any age, definitely involve them in the gardening and planting activities too.

Even really young ones can do some digging and planting. Just make it age and ability appropriate but not too restrictive, give them room to learn, discover and have fun. 

It may not be tidy, they might spill some seeds but they will love it and learn a lot. Enjoy it.

I hope you enjoy the site and are inspired to grow some fruit and veggies in your own backyard. 

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

Pallet Garden 2013

Pallet Garden 2013

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Backyard Food Growing


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  1. 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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