Most suburbanites and rural residents have at least a small amount of extra space in their backyards. Why not use this space to live a little more sustainably and to grow healthy, delicious organic produce for your family’s dinner table? Many people shy away from gardening because they have never tried it and they fear it may be difficult. In fact, growing your own backyard garden is incredibly easy and there are a variety of plants that promise to do well even for the most inexperienced gardener.
If you have never grown anything before, start slowly with some tried and true plants that are easy to grow and will produce great yields. Green bush beans are a great choice because they grow fast, take up little space, and produce large amounts of beans throughout a long harvest period. Other great choices for the beginning gardener include carrots, zucchini, radishes, peas, lettuce, and spinach. Only sticking to these basics will provide your family with fresh, tasty salads for several weeks.
Once you start getting more comfortable with home gardening, you will probably want to expand your reach to include tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and much more. You will also likely want to add a little sweetness to your organic gardening by growing some fruits such as blueberry bushes or berry vines. Many fruits require little upkeep and will provide you with fresh fruits year after year.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to live more sustainably. Once you have tasted the superior flavor of fresh from the garden produce and you have the satisfaction of knowing you grew it yourself, you will be addicted. You will find that your love for gardening will grow with time, as will your skill. You may even wish to start preserving your homegrown goods to use during the winter months, so you can have that home-grown experience year round.