Welcome to Backyard Food Growing

My goal with this website is to show you that it’s not that hard to grow some of your own fruits and veggies in your own backyard. It’s fun and pretty easy to do too.

One of the biggest reasons for growing 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. 

Eating fresh grown organic veggies and fruit that are pesticide and chemical free is great for your body. It will respond to the improved nutrition and heal in ways you didn’t know were possible. You’ll feel better and the meals will taste great.

There is a big movement to demand changes in how our food supply is grown and handled. The numerous negative consequences of mass farming with pesticides is becoming more and more apparent, it’s more important than ever before for each of us to take control and know where our food comes from.

GMO foods and seeds are being rejected around the world. Organic growers are seeing higher demand than ever before. 

Organic food is just better and much more healthy. Eating organically grown food is being proving to have a large impact on alleviating many of the chronic health issues we all seem to be facing in greater and greater numbers. 

What to Grow?

It’s pretty easy to get started growing some carrots, potatoes, peas and beans. Even berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are quite low maintenance and easy to grow in small spaces.

It’s usually inexpensive to get your own little food garden started right outside your back door using the different types of creative growing methods available. There are many available to purchase and you can also create your own to suit the space you have.

Creative Growing

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 smaller rooted plants such as radishes, small varieties of carrots, lettuce, spinach and more. 

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, strawberries, blueberries and many more.

This is handy since a lot of people live in apartments or condos that have limited yard space, if any at all.

The bountiful harvest of sweet, delicious, pesticide free fruit and veggies that can be grown in containers huge.

A Delicious Harvest of Mixed Raspberries

Raspberries

My #1 favourite has to be 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!

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 pretty successfully container food gardening that I started reading books on growing food.

Pallet Garden These books said that none of my plants would tolerate growing in a container. They said that my food plants would struggle to thrive, I would have poor harvests and they’d eventually die.

Really? 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 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 inexpensive as well.

Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. It’s fast growing and is delicious in so many recipes.

Oregano, thyme, sage, hot peppers and bell peppers are all good in a kitchen garden too.

Kids in the Garden

Kids are eager to learn anything and everything they can, so teaching them about gardening and how to grow food is perfect!

It’s extremely important to pass on the knowledge of growing food and love of gardening on to our next generations of kids. Food is pretty important to our survival don’t you think?
Pea Seed Sprout

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’ll be amazed and so proud of themselves. 

If you have children of any age, definitely involve them in the planting activities too. Learn to grow as you go, together.

Touching 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 in both kids and adults.

Include the youngest 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 what soil tastes like if they want to…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 gardening in 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!
Leave a comment below and let me how I can help you get started.

Stacy
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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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