Let’s face it. You can’t get any more local than your own backyard. The first step in growing some of your own food is to decide where to put it. Look around your yard and see if you have a sunny area with fairly easy access to water. You may have a space immediately calling out to you. If not, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Sometimes an area of lawn or parking strip could be better used as a small garden. If you don’t know your neighbors and want to, plant your garden in front of your house. You’d be surprised at how many people will stop by to chat when you are out working in your yard.
Krista and her family bought a home with a flagstone patio. It is nice and sunny but they don’t use it as much as they would a small vegetable plot. They have decided to move the stone to another area in the yard, dig up the soil and start a vegetable garden. Here is the site of their future garden. We’ll be checking back in from time to time to see how they are doing.
If you want to grow some of your own food, be prepared to have lots to share with friends, family and neighbors. Don’t forget to include the kids in the process. They are often happy to help and will be learning about where their food comes from at the same time.