The Beauty of #GrowYourOwn : Photos of My Back Yard Garden
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 GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
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