When we are sharing our enthusiasm about growing our own food with others, we often hear responses like:
“I have never had a garden before”
“I don’t have a green thumb”
“Our yard isn’t big enough to grow food”
My family is passionate about growing our own food. We have been suburban farming for 3 years and this year we plan to have a full 4300 sq. ft. (1/10th of an acre) of our yard devoted to growing food for our table. I am the first to admit though, parts of our property definitely yield more return for the invested energy and money spent.
The most productive part of our property is the 250 sq. ft. we call the grocery garden. Most of what is planted in this 250 sq. ft. space is either a perennial that only needs to be planted once and grows for a lifetime; or can be easily purchased as a ‘start’ (mature plant ready to be planted) for less than $3 each.
A garden like our Grocery Garden is extremely feasible in a yard of any size, and can be nurtured by a gardener with any level of experience.
What’s in our Grocery Garden?
* Kitchen herbs (thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, and oregano)
* 9 Tomato plants
* Cut & come again salad greens (kale and lettuce mix)
* A 120 sq. ft. strawberry patch
* 4 Pepper plants
* 8 Cucumber plants
* 2 Blueberry bushes
* Multiple blackberry bushes
* Multiple raspberry bushes
With a reasonable investment and very little effort to maintain, we encourage everyone to start reaping the monumental benefits of a Grocery Garden of their own.