The Beauty of #GrowYourOwn : Photos of My Back Yard Garden

A Jalapeno pepper turning orange in my container garden
A Jalapeno pepper turning orange in my container garden | Source

As every growing season passes by I become more and more aware of the value of growing your own food. The benefits to health, economics and the environment are ever growing. For a few years now I have been trying to grow a small garden in my backyard. However the corner I choose was not getting enough sun and the trees that shaded the garden were way to big to cut down. So this year I decided to expand my garden into the sunnier section just in front of my old garden. Although it was a lot of work it sure did pay off! This summer has been my best harvest ever as a backyard gardener!!

Coming from families that have been mostly city and suburban folks for the last 100 years, I don't have any of that homegrown knowledge from past generations. However with the wonder of the Internet and a passion to become more sustainable, healthy, and less dependent on the global economic/food supply system I have managed to produce a decent amount of homegrown food. Of course it's not enough to live off of or feed my family for long but every little bit helps! That is the point of Grow Your Own, even if its just a tomato plant, those few tomatoes you get will save you money, taste better, you'll know what went into growing (pesticides etc.) and they wouldn't have had to travel halfway across the county. Imagine if everyone grew just a little bit of their own food, global food shortages would shrink and the prices of healthy foods would come down a bit.

I decided to name this hub after a hashtag (which if you don't know what that is read my hub What is a Hashtag?) #growyourown it is one i started using over a year ago. It refers to those tweets, photos and blogs that people show what they have grown themselves in their own gardens. I have also named a blog after the hashtag to document my harvests this summer, it is called #GrowYourOwn My Vegetable Garden , check it out to see what my garden has produced!

So in this hub I took a few pictures of my garden, mostly in late July. I split the photographs into three categories based on what garden they were apart of. First is the container garden, which includes pots and window boxes. Second is the herb garden, which is new for me this year! Finally is the typical backyard garden, surrounded by wire fence to keep some of the animals away!

Container Garden

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Hot Pepper plants I planted in a windowbox on the back deck More Hot Peppers, this time in Pots. Cucumber plants growing on my deck in pots!BlueBerry Bush in a pot on my backdeck! My Sugar Baby Watermelon growing in a container on the deckHot Peppers (Possibly Habaneros) from my container garaden (the bowl has overflowed since!) Sugar Baby Watermelon vines growing on my deck
Hot Pepper plants I planted in a windowbox on the back deck
Hot Pepper plants I planted in a windowbox on the back deck | Source
More Hot Peppers, this time in Pots.
More Hot Peppers, this time in Pots. | Source
Cucumber plants growing on my deck in pots!
Cucumber plants growing on my deck in pots! | Source
BlueBerry Bush in a pot on my backdeck!
BlueBerry Bush in a pot on my backdeck! | Source
My Sugar Baby Watermelon growing in a container on the deck
My Sugar Baby Watermelon growing in a container on the deck | Source
Hot Peppers (Possibly Habaneros) from my container garaden (the bowl has overflowed since!)
Hot Peppers (Possibly Habaneros) from my container garaden (the bowl has overflowed since!) | Source
Sugar Baby Watermelon vines growing on my deck
Sugar Baby Watermelon vines growing on my deck | Source

Above are some pictures of my container garden. Container gardens are great for people who don't have enough space, especially urban areas where a balcony maybe your only choice! In my container garden, which stretched on any available space on my parent's back decks that they would allow me to use (lets face it if I had the choice i would create a jungle on my back deck! and I almost did!). It included hot peppers in window boxes as well as pots, picklebush cucumbers in pots and some herbs, which I will get to below. Surprising I am also able to grow some fruit in containers. I know this comes as a surprise to many but you can even grow dwarf fruit trees in container gardens (I'm hoping to do this next year!). However this year I grew sugar baby watermelons in a large pot on my deck as well as two blueberry bushes, which if kept correctly over the winter should do fine for years to come!

Below are some photographs form my herb garden, at least the start of it! Herbs can be very easy to grow, many will even grow on a window shelf in the middle winter if you get enough sun exposure! Herbs dry easily and are great additions to seasoning or even teas. This year I grew three types of mint in a whiskey barrel, which should all come back next spring. The three mints were Chocolate mint, Orange mint and of course Peppermint! The other herb I grew in a pot, which I hope will come back next year is Rosemary. In areas with a slightly warmer climate then mine, rosemary can last outdoors all winter, growing into a large shrub. Finally I grew some sweet Basil, which wont come back on it's own next year but I have let the plant go to seed! There are copious amounts of other herbs out there that I would like to try in the future and are great for beginner gardeners!

Herb Garden

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Rosemary growing in a pot on my back deckBasil growing in a pot on my back deck. Mint growing like crazy in a whiskey barrel in my garden.
Rosemary growing in a pot on my back deck
Rosemary growing in a pot on my back deck | Source
Basil growing in a pot on my back deck.
Basil growing in a pot on my back deck. | Source
Mint growing like crazy in a whiskey barrel in my garden.
Mint growing like crazy in a whiskey barrel in my garden. | Source

Finally below are photographs of my backyard vegetable garden. The raised bed in the back is the original garden, which never produced much. The first photograph shows what the garden looked like in the beginning of May, right after planting. The photos then go on to show how much my garden grew, including some tomato plants that got taller than six feet! i also included some photos of the produce and flowers that bloomed in the garden. I'm ecstatic at how my garden grew this summer and have already begun to tweak my personal knowledge on how to make it better next year! Skills and knowledge I will hopefully pass on one day!

Vegetable Garden

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My Vegetable garden in early May 2012My Vegetable Garden at the end of July 2012 My vegetable garden at the end of July 2012 A closed Pumpkin FlowerJuliet Tomatoes Heirloom Tomatoes Japanese Eggplant
My Vegetable garden in early May 2012
My Vegetable garden in early May 2012 | Source
My Vegetable Garden at the end of July 2012
My Vegetable Garden at the end of July 2012 | Source
My vegetable garden at the end of July 2012
My vegetable garden at the end of July 2012 | Source
A closed Pumpkin Flower
A closed Pumpkin Flower | Source
Juliet Tomatoes
Juliet Tomatoes | Source
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes | Source
Japanese Eggplant
Japanese Eggplant | Source

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JThomp42 4 years ago

Some great pictures.


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks JThomp42!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Great photos! Looks like your garden expansion was a huge success. I'm a big advocate of planting vegetables throughout the yard. Many of them, like peppers and eggplants, are ornamental in their own right and look great mixed in with flowers and other plantings.


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Really nice garden and images. I have to battle with shade too. The tremendous heat and lack of water my garden looks much shabbier. I still have the herbs and use those. I do a lot more spring gardening like salad foods, they do great every year. I like your hot pepper container, that is what i need for my tomatoes next year so the get there sun.


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks DeborahNeyens, I actually convinced my parents that hot peppers would look great on their back deck in a window box because they look so cool with the small white flowers and deep green leaves not to mention the cool peppers that came along then turned bright orange! And the Japanese eggplant flowers are beautiful! Thanks for the comment!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

thanks bridalletter, my photos are mostly from the end of July, mid way through August I had the opposite problem as you, we got torrential downpours off and on for a few days which crushed a lot of my plants and washed some away! my tomato plants that got taller then me (im 5'10") all snapped but thats part of outdoor gardening the variable weather! it sure makes it interesting lol, thanks for the comment!


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KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

Very nice article. I too am experimenting with a small backyard garden and even though its not enough to provide me with all my fruits and veggies, it is so exciting when I am able to grown something new! Just like you were saying, grow your own tastes better and is better for you!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks for the comment KerryAnita I hope your garden is a tasty success!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I am always glad to hear someone new is planting their own vegetable garden, no matter what size! Growing your own vegetables is so rewarding, not to mention so much healthier. We have grown our own garden for the last 25 years now and are still learning to tricks to improve it. I really enjoyed your hub and your pictures, great job! Voting up, useful, interesting and sharing! :)


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

This is a great hub with magnificent pictures. Growing your own vegetables are real fun. And gardening is something I really love and enjoy, very peaceful for me.

Thank you for sharing. Up and rated! :)


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

This is a great hub with magnificent pictures. Growing your own vegetables are real fun. And gardening is something I really love and enjoy, very peaceful for me.

Thank you for sharing. Up and rated! :)


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HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

Hello. Really enjoyed reading your hub. You must be a great garden maker just as picture maker :-) Interesting very much. voted


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BWD316 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

thanks sgbrown! Growing your own food is so rewarding and the gardening itself is ever changing it is always interesting!

Thanks Sneha Sunny! I also find gardening to be very relaxing, it really does relieve stress!

Thanks HappyMikeWritter! im glad you enjoyed it!


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liesl5858 16 months ago from United Kingdom

Hi! I enjoyed reading your hub about your garden. I am glad t see fellow gardeners on HubPages. Your photos of your vegetables look beautiful and very healthy. Voted up!


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BWD316 16 months ago from Connecticut Author

Hey liesle5858! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub! I'm glad to see another gardener as well! Thanks for commenting

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