Homegrown foods are much more nutritious and delicious than any store bought food. If you love to grow your own food in your backyard, here are 5 tips to maximize your harvest.

There is nothing better than home grown foods, especially if you grow them yourself in your own backyard! It doesn’t matter where you live, you can always find ways to grow your own food, either in your backyard garden or indoors in containers; it just a matter of really having the desire to get it done.

Growing your own food not only saves you money but it’s also good for your health and benefits the environment, so it is a win-win situation from every angle!

Here are a few simple strategies that you can implement to maximize the benefits from your backyard organic garden. Make sure you plan ahead and implement these 5 simple tips for you to get more out of your backyard garden in less time.

1.  Start Early and End Late:

Choose cold tolerant varieties and start early in the spring. You should also try to use some techniques like covering your crops to protect them from cold, and start growing your crops early in spring to make sure they are ready in time. There are also methods like cold frames and tunnels that may be used to protect your crops from frost in the early spring and late fall and stretch your growing season.

2.  Emphasize on what Grows Well Naturally:

vegetablesSelect the types of crops that are easy to grow in your area. Some crops will grow naturally in your soil type and climatic conditions with minimal care, while others may pose a huge challenge for you.  If you’ve had success growing just one type of plant in your backyard, try to grow more of those crops along with other companion crops.  

3. Grow Perennials:

If you can find the types of plants that come back and yield crops year after year, you could save a ton of time, effort, and money. Maintaining perennial plants is usually easy, and only need minimal fertilizing weeding and mulching. This is something that is very important to spend time working on so we strongly advise you to invest time and work on them.

4. Choose Plants that are low Maintenance and High Yield:

If you grow crops that do not need much attention, you won’t be disappointed. There are a number of high breed varieties of crops available that are weather resistant, disease resistant and grow faster. 

5. Grow your Essential Culinary Herbs:

Some crops like basil, mint, parsley, and dill are healthy and tasty crops that you can use every day for cooking. The more crops you grow yourself, the more money you’ll save on your grocery bills. These little expenses can add up so you can save yourself some money in the long run.

EAT FreeGrowing your own crops can help you achieve food security, self-sufficiency, and better health. You don’t have to be a farmer or live in the country to do it, just pick a spot in your backyard or use some containers to grow all the food you need for you and your family.

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Source: Institute of Ecolonomics


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