Welcome to Backyard Food Growing
Are you interested in growing some carrots or berries but don’t have a lot of space to work with? Maybe you have space but it’s covered with grass or nasty, hard packed soil.
The solutions for this are numerous and growing a bit of your own food at home isn’t 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.
There are numerous veggies to choose from and grow. The easiest are carrots, potatoes, beans, lettuce, Swiss chard. The easiest to grow fruits I’ve found so far are blueberries, huckleberries, raspberries and cherry trees.
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.
My number one favourite fruit has to be 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 feasting on hundreds of berries. These were some of the ones left when I couldn’t eat any more.
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!
It was about 5 years into successfully container gardening and food growing in crazy ways and reaping quite large harvests that I started reading books on gardening.
I found out from the 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 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 so easy and tastes so good in so many recipes. Oregano, thyme and sage are all good in a kitchen garden as well.
Bring the Kids Too
Kids are eager to learn anything and everything so learning 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.
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 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 the kids room to learn and discover what soil feels 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 are inspired to grow some easy 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.
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Backyard Food Growing