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Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

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. The way around this problem is build on top of the soil or vertically. 

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

There are many fruits and veggies that will be happy growing in a container, such as carrots, beans, peas, peppers and more.

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

There are numerous veggies to choose from and grow. The faves so far are carrots, potatoes, beans, lettuce and greens and a few more. The easiest to grow fruits I’ve found so far are blueberries, raspberries and cherry trees.

There are many other vegetables that will grow in less than traditional environments also such as squash, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, hot peppers, squash and herbs.

The bountiful harvest of sweet delicious fruit and veggies that can be grown in containers is amazing in taste and rewarding to grow as well.

A Delicious Harvest of Mixed Raspberries

Raspberries

My number one favourite fruit has to be raspberries, and I mean raspberries of all kinds.

This picture to the right is a real image of a pile of raspberries from my garden in late August.

I had just walked around the garden picking and tasting (eating, pigging out, gorging…whatever you call it).

These are the ones that were left after I couldn’t eat any more!

There’s a brief time each year that all of the raspberries varieties are producing at once, this is the most delicious time of year.

Cherry Trees

Cherry trees will even grow in containers too. They can handle a restricted environment because they have a smaller root system than most fruit trees. 

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!

It was about 5 years into successfully container gardening and food gardening in crazy ways while having a ton of fun and reaping quite large harvests that I started reading books on gardening.

It was then that I found out from the books and resources 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 lush green garden full of fruit and veggies. I guess no one told them they couldn’t grow like that!

If you’re wondering how you can do it too, keep in mind that 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 in expensive to do this.

Basil is my favourite 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. 

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

Bring the Kids Too

 

Kids are eager to learn and learning anything is what their minds crave. We have the opportunity to each them about life through gardening.

It’s fantastically important to pass on the knowledge of gardening on to our next generation of kids.

What if no one knew how to grow food? We’d be in some serious trouble.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 they grow a seed into a beautiful flower and then food, they’ll be amazed and so proud of themselves. 

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

Even really young kids can do some digging and planting. Just make it age and ability appropriate but not too restrictive at the same time. Pick up some toddler gardening tools which are made just the right size for them.

Give them room to learn and discover what soil feels like 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 and are inspired to grow some fruit and veggies in your own backyard or small space garden. 

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.

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

Stacy
Owner of Backyard Food Growing

Wayside Gardens


Comments

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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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