My husband's backyard garden goes a long way every summer to help feed our large family. Our home isn't on acreage, he gardens in our regular sized back yard, using square food raised boxes and Earth Boxes. By keeping everything in raised beds or Earth boxes, it greatly reduces weeds and makes it easier to water the plants. This year we have a bazillion tomato plants. Apparently he thinks we have 77 kids instead of seven. What we don't eat or can, we will bless our neighbors with.
We are also growing strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. These freeze beautifully and keep us in mixed berry cobbler throughout the year.
We are also growing okra, squash, watermelon, cucumbers, green beans, cantaloupe, peppers, and corn.
In our Earth Boxes we are growing spinach, lettuce and tomatoes.
We are also growing some herbs in pots and small corners of the raised beds. We are growing dill for our homemade dill pickles and basil and cilantro.
In nice decorative pots, we have a lime tree, an orange tree and the newest edition, a fig tree. It was a gift from my husband because he knows I have a sentimental attatchment to fig trees.
It doesn't take a huge space to grow some fruits and veggies for your family. We live in a normal house with a normal yard. My husband grows his plants in half of our back yard. We have a fence between the plants and the dogs so that they don't trample everything. It is amazing how fast a garden can be destroyed when two labs decide to investigate. My husband credit's his garden's success to the book "Square Foot Gardening". The man who wrote it used to have a show on PBS and my husband learned most of what he knows from these shows and his wonderfully informative book.
Our little backyard garden took a hit when we had a hail storm last week, but it is coming back slowly but surely. Our orange tree has some shredded leaves and some of the smaller tomato plants were pretty trampled. With some TLC and some organic fertilizer, we think they will recover nicely. As the produce appears, I will be sure to post recipes on how we use our bounty.
As a side note, the date on my camera is wrong. These photos were taken today.