Backyard vegetable garden tips

Backyard vegetable garden tips

All around the world for hundreds of years, back yard hobby farmers have been very successful in growing vegetables right in their own back yards. There are some varieties that grow great and produce a high yield in a short period.

Many types of greens, vine and root vegetables take on very well in all sorts of different areas and climates. Are you like the many thousands of well intended people that head to the back yard to put your hand to some vegetable gardening only to fail miserably?

Some of us have tried to grow our favorite vegetables out in the garden many times only to be saddened by the sight of seedlings that haven’t taken on or have died somehow by either too much sun, over fertilization or to harsh of conditions.

We often become inspired to start and grow a healthy productive crop, by either reading how easy it can be or hearing some experts explain the advantages of having your own vegetable garden. We head straight to the back yard with the vision of an overflowing vegetable garden producing us with a bountiful table of fresh greens and hearty root vegetables

But why is it that when we head to the garden to see the fruit-age of our labor we see a dust bowl? How can this be? Even school children out in the agriculture plot with the guidance of their teachers can grow veggies that would amaze the most seasoned growers.

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Beans #1 West

Back in the wild west the food was scarce and beans were on the menu. This is because beans were very adaptable to growing in harsh conditions and could be stored well after harvesting the crop. With the likes of John Wayne and Jesse James roaming the plains, their main food staple had to be cheap and able to be carried and stored in saddle bags for an extended period.

Remember Jack and the magic bean stalk? Well. Jacks bean stalk grew in an exceptionally fast period, and that goes for any beans that grow out in our back yard. They are hearty plants that offer plenty of nourishment and can be added into plant of dishes

Beans have a flexible growing range and can grow all year round in a sub tropical climate. Beans don’t take any nitrogen from the soil however they take it from the air making them take on in poor soil qualities. Once beans take on within the soil they grow in they store nitrogen in the roots, adding nitrogen to the soil. That’s why it is said that beans are a great pre-crop to other nitrogen dependent crops such as cabbages etc


Asian Greens #2 East

Fast growing and highly nutritious vegetable Asian greens are second on my list to grow in the garden. They can literally take on anywhere and are even found in the cracks of concrete if a plant is seeding nearby.

Asian greens are even though to be cancer fighting super foods from many in the alternative medicine scene. The properties found in many of these greens are found to support the re building and nourishment of good cells.


In Asia quite awhile back before over fishing and population was still low, people had a rich source of protein found in fish. But now days most Asian people need to source their protein from plants as animal protein’s are becoming a lot less accessible.

Raw or cooked Asian green taste great.

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Here’s a list of Asian greens you give a go at growing in your own back yard

  1. Yu Choy
  2. Water Spinach
  3. Tatsoi
  4. Snow Pea Leaves
  5. Napa Cabbage
  6. Mustard Greens
  7. Mizuna
  8. Malabar Spinach
  9. Kokabu Greens
  10. Fava Greens
  11. En Choy
  12. Daikon Greens
  13. Chrysanthemum Greens
  14. Chinese Celery
  15. Chinese Broccoli
  16. Bok Choy
  17. AA Choy

Middle East #3 Carrots = Delicious

Carrots a root vegetable comes in all different shapes and colors and date way back originating in Afghanistan. In the early days they were considered a medicinal food that was given when there was an illness or disease. The way carrots tasted back then weren’t to pleasant and not really put on the dinner table.

But now days with the aid of cross breading carrots are very tasty and are a compliment to many of salad or roast dinner. Today they are main orange but back in the old days purple, white and yellow. But does it really matter what color they are? All I know is that they are scrumptious steamed briefly and then roasted in the oven with honey on high heat for an hour or so. I also like to dust them before the oven process with some fennel seeds



#4 What did you say? Radish?? Yuck or yum??? Possibly originated in India

Radish plants will pop up and be ready for the table in no time at all. Some farmers plant radish seed with other seed knowing that they will at least have something to harvest whilst they wait for the other crop to take shape. Sometimes its used as a ground cover by farmers to keep the soil moist and protected for the lead up to planting seedlings




Types of radish for your garden

  1. Black radishes
  2. Daikon radishes
  3. French breakfast radishes
  4. Horseradish
  5. Round radishes
  6. Watermelon radish

All these grow exceptionally well in your veggie garden and well worth giving a go


Zucchini European staple

Originally came from the America’s Zucchini found its way to northern Italy. The Italians add it to almost everything that you can stuff in your mouth. It’s not a sprawler like the pumpkin vine and can be contained in a small garden bed.

This veggie is super easy to grow and even a novice can make success with this plant. The fruit on this plant can swell in a small amount of time and some say you can see it grow almost in real time.

Most zucchinis can grow 1 meter long and the record was grown at 2.55 meters long. Wow that’s a lot of salad!

Definitely give zucchini a go growing, you will definitely grow one of these as they are super easy. This will give you the confidence to put your hands to other fruits and vegetables.


Get your hands dirty out in the garden now and give it a go. Educate yourself as much as you can on all the different vegetables that you can grow and in what seasons. You will surely be successful at it if you read up on it.

If the grid went down tomorrow and the food shelves were depleted in your local shopping outlet how would you go at sourcing food for yourself and family? You would definitely have wished that you had grown your own food supply in the safety of your own garden

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