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A side yard vegetable garden should be high on your priority list if you have a home with available space around it.
Today, homes are being built on smaller lots. That’s okay if you like gardening. I encourage people to make use of all the available space they have.
When the lockdown happened in 2020, a sense of panic would have set in for many people.
Jobs were lost, money became tight and people had a lot of time on their hands.
As far as growing your own food is concerned, then this should be on your list of things to do during times like these.
If all the space in your backyard is taken up, don’t fret, a side yard vegetable garden is a wonderful option. And I’m going to give you some ideas on how to start one in this article.
Side Yard Vegetable Garden Ideas
As a kid growing up on a farm, my parents made use of all the extra space they had. Usually, they grew stuff. And most of it was edible.
There were no vacant areas that went untouched.
Even if the soil was unsuitable they innovated and used growing pots. About ninety per cent of the plants they grew were edible.
The remaining ten per cent were for decorative purposes or for seedlings to be replanted at a later date.
In times like these. my first suggestion is if you grow anything in a side yard vegetable garden, make sure most of it is edible.
Growing stuff for looks is great, but why not go to the next level and start saving on your grocery bills. Grow stuff you can eat!
5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Side Yard Vegetable Garden
Here are five reasons why you should start growing a side yard vegetable garden starting today.
1) You’ll Save Money At The Grocery Stores
You may think that buying groceries isn’t expensive. Well, not all the time. There are ways to buy cheap groceries without compromising quality.
Growing your own veggies in your side yard veggie garden can cut down on these grocery costs. I’m not saying grow all your food in your garden, just enough that will keep the cost of buying them at the store down.
To supplement the reduction of vegetable costs, also visit local farms and ask them to sell directly to you. Farmers usually charge lower prices because they don’t pay any middlemen fees.
2) You Will Reduce Unnecessary Waste
Growing your own food means no waste. When you harvest fruits and vegetables, just pick the healthiest ones.
Don’t throw away over-ripened bananas. Instead, compost them into rich fertilizer for future growth.
Not only will you cut down on store costs, but also fertilizer costs as one of the best things you can put into your garden is vegetable compost.
3) You’ll Create A Regular Supply Of Healthy Food
It doesn’t matter if you live alone or share a house with others. Having access to healthy foods makes everyone healthier. And this includes pets!
The key with growing your own food other that cutting down on cost is that you know where it came from. You know what’s been used to grow it.
Supermarket produce is mostly an unknown. What type of pesticides were used? Do you know? Is organic really organic? Get the drift?
4) You’ll Learn To Enjoy Nature
Nature provides us with many things including clean air, sunshine and fresh oxygen.
We can enjoy these natural resources whenever we wish. That’s why I recommend getting a side yard vegetable garden.
Getting natural sunlight is important. It helps you produce vitamin D for well being.
Having your own garden helps keep you active. You may not get a lot of exercise normally. Working on a garden regularly at least ensures you’re up and about and moving around.
5) You’ll Be Helping Others
When people see how well you eat, they might be inspired to start eating better too. Your neighbors probably aren’t aware of all the nutrients found in their favorite fruit and veggie varieties.
By sharing information on nutrition, you can encourage each other to make positive changes in life.
You may do this unconsciously. I remember moving into an apartment and wondered how I could grow my own vegetables. It just so happened my neighbor was a constant gardener. He made use of every available space he had that could get sunshine. he inspired me to do the same.
What To Plant In Your Veggie Garden?
So what do you grow in your side yard vegetable garden? Here are five ideas for you to implement right away.
1) Start By Growing Edible Plants
So what do you grow in a side yard?
Start by planting edibles that will help you save money at the supermarket. Here are some suggestions:
Tomatoes – This plant has been used since ancient times. It’s easy to grow from seed or cuttings. Tomatoes also provide vitamins A and C. They taste good too. You could even freeze them when ripe.
Peppers – These plants come in different colors. The red ones are more palatable while green peppers can be a little more bitter but only because they are still in their early stages of development.
Both are delicious. Peppers contain plenty of nutrition including vitamins A and C along with vitamin B6 which helps fight fatigue.
Cucumbers – If you love juicy vegetables, try cucumbers. They look cool too. Plus, they add flavor to salads. Actually, cucumbers a technically a vegetable but botanically, are considered a fruit. Just useless information so just enjoy them!
Lettuce – Lettuces are low maintenance. Just water them regularly. But they need sunlight so keep an eye out for shade. Sunlight can be at a low premium in a side yard so make sure you pick a spot where they get a good dose of sunlight.
2) You’ll Want To Plant Herbs
Herbs such as basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley are useful. Most herbs have medicinal properties. Some are known to help combat colds and flu.
The best way to decide which herbs to grow are to simply look at which ones you like and enjoy. If there are herbs you use all the time then they should be the ones you plant.
Also, be aware that while many herbs have medicinal properties, they can still cause issues if you are taking prescription medicine. Some may work against what you’re taking. Always check with your doctor about the herbs you’re using or thinking of growing.
3) Grow Some Fruit Trees
Fruit trees take care of themselves once planted. However, there are certain requirements before you get started. Make sure you know what kind of soil you have before starting. Also, check whether pests exist in your area.
Just any fruit tree won’t do. Some grow big. Small apple plants could be okay. Plum trees should be fine along with cherries.
Just be aware of a trees root system and whether it spreads far and wide. Your local gardening expert will be able to guide you in this area. Always check with them.
4) How About Growing Root Crops
Root crops include carrots, turnips, radishes, rutabagas, potatoes and onions.
These veggies require less attention than other vegetables. So, you won’t spend much time tending to them.
One thing I like to do with root varieties is put them in planter pots. Try this as it’s a great idea if the available land you have is at a low premium.
5) Add A Few Flowers For Touch
Flowers are beautiful. Not only does it brighten up your surroundings, flowers also attract bees, butterflies and the like.
In fact, honeybees love nectar from flower blossoms. If you have a fruit tree or two in the ground then you’ll get blossoms.
Don’t go overboard with flowers though. The idea is to grow plants you can harvest food from. A few flowers are good. In fact, there are varieties you can grow that will help with pest control. Marigolds are an excellent addition in your side yard vegetable garden.
I hope these tips will help you understand the importance of gardening in a small space like a side yard. Now go ahead and give it a shot. Who knows? I hope you’ll become a master gardener someday.