If you are looking out at a backyard that has only flowers or an empty space, then you might be missing out on a huge amount of opportunity that could be found right there. Backyard growing is on the rise, with more people making the choice to grow their food at home. You do not need to take up a lot of space to grow food in your backyard, and the rewards are fruitful and fun!
What Food Can You Grow in Your Backyard?
Are you considering your own backyard garden? Here’s how to know what foods you can grow in your own backyard garden.
Why Grow Food Yourself?
The choice to grow food at home is rewarding and doesn’t have to be time-consuming. A home garden is also one of the best ways to relax. Getting involved with your garden is a natural, proven way to boost your immune system. Gardening makes your body used to the microbes in the soil around your home, and literally builds your immunity as a result.
Moreover, growing food yourself gives you control over what you eat (and how it was grown). It can sometimes be the only way to get the guarantee of healthy, organic food. Backyard gardening can be a lot of fun!
Planning a Backyard Garden
The first step to creating the perfect backyard garden is planning. Draw a picture of the area you plan to put a garden. Clearly mark out the spots where you intend to plant and make sure that each section of your backyard garden has enough space and movement room around it. The good thing about backyard gardens is the fact that they are easy to set up no matter how much space you have.
Requirements for a Backyard Garden
A backyard garden does not require a lot to set up. It can help if you at least have most of the following in your gardening kit:
- Quality potting soil
- Decent length hose
- Watering can
- Spray bottles
- Dowel sticks
- Shade netting
Remember to mark out what you’ve planted where. Seedlings can look almost identical as they are first emerging from the ground. Simple cut dowel sticks with a label will do!
Great Herbs for Backyard Planting
Food is flavor, and some of the best flavors can be obtained from herbs found in your own garden. Most herbs like to see a mixture of sun and shade through their growing cycle.
Plant sensitive herbs in the shadows of others. Also, plant fragrant herbs away from fresher vegetables for a barrier that repels bugs.
Great backyard garden herbs include:
- Basil, various types
- Mint, both peppermint and spearmint
- Thyme, a common variety
- Oregano, an herbal essential
- Lavender, fragrant and calm
Great Foods for Backyard Planting
Most vegetables that you would use in home cooking recipes are super easy to grow. Consider fast-growing vegetables for a backyard garden (especially in smaller spaces). Only plant trees if you happen to have some more space and time.
Great fruits and vegetables to grow in your backyard include:
- Various Peppers
Backyard Garden Tips
A backyard garden can be rewarding and literally put food on the table.
Remember that crop rotation, or knowing when to plant what is still just as important on a smaller scale. Most vegetables should be planted at the turns of a season, preparing for spring and summer, although there are some exceptions.
Additional Reading: Vegetable Gardening 101
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