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What Is In Your Back Yard?

Updated on July 10, 2010

No we don't need to turn the TV on to hear that our everyday lives are caught in this downward spiral.  Many people have lost their jobs and homes, yet those that still have that piece of earth are complaining about mowing the lawn and weeding the flower beds but most of all they are complaining and doing without HEALTHY food on their table.

What I mean by HEALTHY food is---NO! chemicals and added preservatives.  You say that you always read the labels on the container to see what is in it.  Yes, most of them will list the common items of---Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrates and Sugar, then in very small type at the side or bottom it will state---for more information go to  Duh! "Maybe there are few folks in this world that do hot have a computer."

Produce Department:

Alright now just stop and look at those Bell-peppers---three for $5.99.  Oh I hear you complaining and those peaches and that bag of red grapes---that have been sprayed with chemicals in some other country that we have no regulation on.  Did you see any labels on them stating what chemicals were used?  It might have a brand name little sticker stuck to it and that means where it was packaged after it arrived.  If you ask the produce clerk where a certain fruit or veggie came from which I did---there was a long pause, "Ma'am it came from down south," hum! south of the border, south America?????

Oh yes, you might say I only buy LOCALLY or ORGANIC.  Yet what was put in that soil or sprinkled on that plant when some insects appeared and they---will.  

How many of you can remember sitting at your Grandparents table and eating food from their garden?  Many today have never tasted a tomato that has actually ripened on the vine.  Oh yes, a marketing ploy of showing tomatoes with a stem still attached to several tomatoes that were picked green and then gassed are displayed with a large sign above the bin---VINE RIPE.

My friends I am here to tell you that we have not bought any produce in a store for many years and I will attempt to pass on how you can do it the---HEALTHY WAY.

We do not complain about having to mow the back yard, for we just simply took HALF of it and turned it into a garden.  This garden has fed five people and give aways to neighbors that are not able to provide for themselves for many years now.

No chemicals are used except compost from the garden.  Insects are only taken care of by our little friends the birds and that is why you will see sun-flowers planted for them.  The say thank you by eating any little insects  that they find under the leafs of the plants.

In this garden there are---tomatoes, green beans, squash, corn cucumbers, peppers, cantaloupe, strawberry's and water melons.  Blue berry bushes and grapes.  As the items are picked fresh they are then prepared for the freezers or dehydrated which tastes sooooooo good in the months ahead.  Each season seeds are saved from these plants for the following year. 

Our back yard garden
Our back yard garden

Maybe your back yard has several pretty shade trees that you work hard at in the fall to gather their leafs.  I prefer fruit trees and the apple tree and the peach tree again make delicious pies to set beside that hot cup of coffee in the winter time.  Those fruit trees also provide shade for my pretty ladies that are busy producing fresh eggs.  Fresh eggs are something that again a lot of people today have not tasted.  I see people pick up a carton of eggs and importantly check the expiration date---yet not realizing that the date is put on that carton---when the eggs are put into the carton, not how long they have been kept in cold storage. 

My pretty ladies
My pretty ladies

We are all concerned about the amount of water that it takes and yet we waste it also.  I have written on this in previous hubs (You Can Do It.) This too has been improved on my adding better water containers and again saved cost.




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    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Yes fancifulashley, all the pesticides and chemicals that are in our foods are taking their tolls on all. I see no reason not to at least plant a veggie in amongest the flowers or in a container on a balcony---our parents and grandparents did it?

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      7 years ago

      I grew up on a small family farm in MA when I was a child. Fresh eggs, chicken and turkey whenever we wanted it. It was great. We also had a garden and whenever I wanted a snack I would just go out and pick something. When we moved, we had to buy a lot more at the store, which was very strange to me. We still have a small garden, and I must say the produce from that garden are much better than anything bought in a store. I no longer eat store bought apples since they taste horrid. So bland, and you can see the pesticides on the skin half the time.

      Great hub! Glad to hear someone is eating well.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thanks JY, with all the recalls on foods, just maybe it is time to bring some of those back to the back yard?

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      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I enjoyed this Ginn. It brought back a few memories of back on the farm.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Goldie,if you have a yard or a patio with containers a few veggie seeds will do wonders. REMEMBER---YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Very well written Hub - the last line is memorable. Great sentence to be quoted. It appalled me to learn that we process ground beef with amonia. The more I learn about food the more careful I become. I know love naturally packaged foods - where I can peel them.

      Your garden is gorgeous! The message is memorable - thank you for making us healthier.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Jeriee your brother is spoiling them--they even have a fan in their hen-house --- in case they get hot at night. love ya

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      Jerilee Wei 

      8 years ago from United States

      Your babies are so pretty. Love you.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thanks JJ,it is amazing how a few pack of HEIRLOOM seeds that have not been altered will be a benefit to your health because they will not have chemicals sprayed on them. Besides that NEW HOME deserves the best and so do you gal.

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      JJ (Pachuca) 

      8 years ago

      I loved this. now that we bought our home and have a great spacious lot in the back I plan on doing just that. Having my own garden for every type of vegetables and even some fruit. Great hub!~

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Nancy I have the same problem---green fried tomatoes are my weakness too. I hope you have garden now for your grandfather would be smiling.

      P.S. My Cajun grandfather was my SOLID ROCK also. Thanks

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      How right you are and my grandfather always had a huge garden with fruit trees that lined half the property. He would plant one row of tomatoes just for me since I love “green fried” tomatoes: That way, I kept my mitts off the other tomato plants so they could ripen…I miss those days, and I miss him terribly, he was my rock…

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Hey lorlie, thats great and growing our own food is much--much healthier and less costly than fighting that lawn. We also use heirloom seeds. If you live where you can raise a few hens go for that two---fresh scrambled eggs and peppers,tomatoes with that first cup of coffee---wow!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You have a lovely garden, Ginn! AND you've given me the idea of turning half of our backyard into gardening space. Thanks for that! My 21 year old son has become quite the gardener here and uses about 1/3 of the yard for tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, peppers and cucumbers. But we could use more of the lawn for his project. The tomatoes are heirloom and I am greedily awaiting their ripening.

      Beautiful hub!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thanks suzie, yes some years Mother Nature plays her tricks on the garden, but hum! that first tomato taste soooooo good.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I grow vegetables every year - some years more successfully than others. No chickens though. Nice Hub.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      dahoglund thanks, now fess-up don't you have at least a tomato plant somewhere?

      justtom good for you, when I lived in an apartment I grew tomatoes in a trash can on the balcony. Thanks.

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      8 years ago from 41042

      Good hub, I have a small garden this year and am loving it. I never understood folks obsession with a lawn, always seemed like a waste of space to me. Peace!!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Fresh produce from the garden is best. Yours looks very nice.


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