Pink Lemonade BlueberriesWelcome to Backyard Food Growing!

Learn to grow food right outside your own back door. It’s really quite easy to grow some of your own fruits and veggies right in your own backyard or on your patio. Growing some of your own food is a great thing to do, it’s healthy, fun, relaxing and rewarding too. 

It’s best to get started growing some of the easier things like carrots, potatoes, peas, beans, raspberries and blueberries. These are all quite low maintenance, easy to grow and will tolerate growing in smaller spaces. There are lots of other foods that will grow in containers too.

Take a trip to a big, good quality nursery and there are so many options, even just in the food plant department, that it can be overwhelming by itself. Take your time to browse around, ask the staff to guide you through the food plant department. Take time to read tags and find the plants that you want to grow and those that are best suited to your garden environment.

The cost to get your own little food garden started will vary greatly depending on the space you have available and your budget. 

Basil!There are many different types of growing methods available. Planter kits, Vertical garden kits, Raised Bed kits, Hanging planters, Wall mounted planters, Gutter garden, Cedar boxes, and more. That doesn’t even count any of the things you could build yourself. The options are almost endless, you’ll be able to customize the garden just for your space.

The gutter and wall mounted systems are great for smaller rooted plants such as radishes, small varieties of carrots, lettuce, spinach and herbs. 

Most fruits and veggies are adaptable and will be happy growing in one or more of these environments. They include many plants such as bell peppers, carrots, peas, beans, hot peppers, cucumbers, squash, strawberries, blueberries and many more. This makes it possible for people who live in places with little growing space to have a garden. The picture below is a fresh picked pile of red, yellow, black and purple raspberries that were all ripe at the same time. Each of those varieties was grown in a container.

The kitchen garden is a great way to do a little bit of gardening right on your window sill or patioBasil is one of the easiest herbs to grow, you can do that one on a table in your house, I just recommend getting a table top grow light. Basil is fast growing and it’s delicious in so many recipes. Rosemary and thyme are also easy to grow in containers.

Delicious Pile of Homegrown RaspberriesKids in the Garden

It doesn’t need to be said really, that kids are eager to learn anything and everything they can. I say, let’s teach them about gardening!

It’s really important to pass the knowledge of growing food and love of gardening on to our next generation. Gardening teaches so many things from the practical to the emotional, for example how it seems to have a calming effect. Playing in the dirt is very therapeutic, I highly recommend it to everyone.

The kids gain great pride from sprouting seeds and caring for the young plants. The first time they sprout a seed and successfully grow it into food they can eat, they’ll be amazed and so proud of themselves.

Gardening can involve a lot of great activities to do in schools and day cares as well. I definitely recommend getting all kids into gardening, even if it’s just a windowsill.

Touching the soil has a calming effect on kids and adults alike. Gardening has been shown to reduce stress in both kids and adults.

Gardening is also great therapy for a wide range of physical and emotional issues. It’s good for depression as it’s known to raise serotonin levels through exposure to Mycobacterium vaccae which is a specific soil bacteria. The act of harvesting your crop releases dopamine and therefore you feel mild sensation of bliss.(Source) There’s so much good in gardening!

Toddlers & Kids

Pretty much all little kids and toddlers can get into the digging and planting too. Just make it age and ability appropriate but not too restrictive at the same time.

Give them room to learn and discover what the soil feels like and even what it tastes like if they want to…a bite of good old fashioned dirt won’t kill them (I know it’s called soil, but you get my point). It may not be tidy, they might spill some seeds and soil, but they’ll love it and learn so much. 

Let them get dirty and most of all let them have fun. I bet they’ll even surprise you with what they understand and are capable of doing. Enjoy that time with them, it’s priceless. You might even create a life long passion for gardening in them. 

I hope you like the site, spend some time here and most of all I hope you become inspired to grow some of your own fruits and veggies in your own backyard or small space. 

Even if you only have room for one or two containers or beds, then still do it. It’s well worth the effort.

Thank you for visiting! Let me how I can help you get started.

6 thoughts on “Home”
  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.

    1. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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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