Welcome to Backyard Food Growing
BFG was created 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, obviously 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 your meals will be so delicious.
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 back the control and know where our food comes from.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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