Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

Have you always wanted a garden but don’t very much space or have ideal conditions? The steps to making a backyard food garden are quite easy. 

It’s possible to grow most fruits and veggies in some type of container. 

Some of the easy ones are carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, basil and other herbs, pole beans and pole peas.

Growing raspberries, blueberries and even cherry trees in containers is really easy too. The options are numerous with a little creativity and ingenuity.

Beautiful cedar raised beds on legs are perfect. Also think vertically, there are various types of vertical planters that fix to a wall, ceiling or fence.

Then there are upside down hangers for tomatoes or cucumbers.

Potatoes Growing in Bags 2011

Potatoes Growing in Bags 2011

The Kitchen Garden

It’s easy to get started with a little kitchen garden right on your patio. You’ll be able to adapt a unique garden of your own using the space you have. You just need the right type of container. There are so many ideas that will make it possible for you to some grow food.

A good example of small space vegetable gardening is growing pole beans in a container or raised bed. Secure a tall stake and plant the beans at the bottom, then plant lettuce below.

Lettuce prefers shadier conditions that the large bean leaves provide. This idea can literally take up only a few square feet.

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

Grow a New Gardener

It’s critical to pass the love of gardening on to the next generation. Gardening gives kids the opportunity to learn about growth and caring for a living thing, which in turn teaches them about life itself.  

They gain many other life skills from sprouting seeds or growing young plants and bulbs into beautiful flowers and food. 

They’ll gain great pride and satisfaction from successfully growing a seed into a delicious fruit or vegetable they can eat. Likewise if they grow a perennial or annual seed and grow it into a beautiful flower. 

Gardening is a very empowering activity for kids. If you have children of any age, then definitely involve them in the gardening activities too.

Even the young ones can do some digging and planting, just make it age and ability appropriate. It may not be tidy but they will love it and learn a lot.

Pallet Garden Walkway 2013

Pallet Garden Walkway 2013

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

It’s easier than you might think. The harvest is uniquely delicious and well worth the effort. The flavors are unlike anything from the grocery store. 

Pallet Garden 2013

Pallet Garden 2013

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

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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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