With the rising cost of food, it only makes sense to try and take advantage of what each and every one of us can produce for ourselves.
The benefits to growing your own edibles are many:

  • It’s healthier.
  • It saves you money and gives you more independence.
  • You know exactly what you’re getting – the seeds you used, the soil you grew it in and the fertilizers applied.
  • It doesn’t get any more ‘local’ than your own backyard.
  • Gardening is good for your health – physically and mentally.
  • It gives you a meaningful connection to your food and nature.
  • It’s convenient.
  • It’s always FRESH.
  • You get to enjoy more of the plant. (If I didn’t grow my own squash, I’d miss out on the added bonus of tasty squash blossoms throughout the season.)

Growing your own food isn’t hard.  It’s actually a very natural thing for each and every one of us to do.  You don’t need a lot of space.  If all you have is a patio, containers work great.  You can enjoy growing herbs, lettuce, leafy greens and other vegetables just as much as the guy with an acre of land.  There are plenty of urban farmers in the hearts of larger cities that are quite prolific with their patios, balconies and rooftops.

If you do have a yard, consider how you are using the ground you occupy.  Are you planting things that are entirely aesthetic?  What about incorporating more edibles into your landscaping.  Mix things in amongst your shrubs and perennials, given there’s the proper amount of light.  I’ve seen homes that are planted up with squash and pumpkin plants right around the front of the house and they looked beautiful.  Rethink how you make use of every ounce of ground you have available.

Practice healthy, organic growing methods and select non-hybrid, heirloom seeds where you can.  When you use heirloom seeds, the seed quality is better, as is the nutritional integrity of the produce and the seeds can be saved and replanted for years to come making this a renewable self-sustaining food source.

Start with the things that you love to eat and use regularly and grow it from there.

Get growing my friends…you’ll be glad you did!

  1. Jennie says:

    I am trying to grow heirlooms this year for the first time and plant edibles in my lawn as landscaping! Its our first home and I am a greenie. But I have a rotten green thumb. I almost killed all my seedlings because I naively thought they would like afternoon sun outdoors. Well, I pushed off getting them back inside and they got too cold. :-( Good news is that I still have some seeds (not all varieties) to reseed some.

  2. edie west says:

    I have missed your shows being on TV so much! I also are interested in the burlap bag and more gardening tips as well- Just love the newsletter as well Edie

  3. mary says:

    Love every show!! You always have such wonderful ideas. I just saw the one on eating plants from your yard. Does your guest have more info on this. I had never heard of eating leaves from a burning bush. Also, after reading other posts, I am curious of the cool purse made from yarn and burlap???I don’t remember seeing that …. any instruction anywhere??

  4. Michele says:

    Thanks everyone…..Growing some of our own food is SOOOO rewarding….and to those of you who are growing enough to share with everyone around you…..KUDOS.
    Send me a pic of your purses sometime, Carole…would love to see your handiwork…that was certainly one fun project!
    Ty…how long is your growing season? You could start some seeds indoors to get a jump on things especially your tomatoes and peppers…that’s what I have to do here in Iowa…and your greens you could even get started in your kitchen by planting up a salad bowl container of some sort. Do you have any windows where you get good sun during the day? Search out reputable seed companies in your area….I like heirloom seeds because then you can save those seeds year after year and be your own supplier, if you like…very self sustaining. Look for a local nursery in your area for plants that have been grown organically if you’re not wanting to do seeds…The first step is to simply plant something, my friend….by doing, you’ll be learning.
    You’re right, Rochelle…the more knowledge, tips and ideas everyone shares, the better we all get at things. Talk with people in your neighborhood who are doing the things you want to learn more about…they can be some of your best resources.

  5. Rochelle says:

    We’ve grown our own herbs & veggies for years. I always am slightly ” sticker-shocked ” when I see tha actual price of fresh herbs in the grocery stores..wow !!! We put in a raised strawberry bed last year. It’s not very large, but we went to a fantastic locally owned greenhouse and got a full run down on what soil (organic of course), best natural fertilizers to use, etc. A s we chatted with the young woman who co-owns this amazing little business with her hubby, we found out she has a degree in horticulture ! She told us, ” I guess I need to let folks know I can help them with more than just planting marigolds and arranging garden gnomes ! ” Lesson learned ? Ask,guys & gals, when you enter these “mom & pop” places and see what hidden gems of information may be waiting in your own hometown !!!!

  6. carole daley says:

    I miss seeing you, I have so many things around my house and ideas from you I’ve saved. I no longer watch TV, cut back on expenses. The biggest hit is the yarn purse using burlap, water soluble and yarn. Never in my life and I’m 70 have I gotten compliments over and over again on a particular purse and all ages including a 5 year old who said; ‘that’s a cool purse.’ I’ve sold a few I call them Carole’s Shabby Chic, I love mine. I use different shades of yarn and designs so I have several I carry. You are great you would be such a fun friend if you weren’t so busy. thanks for sharing yourself with us. Built above ground gardens a couple years ago it makes it a little easier for me and I have another that is just flat ground garden. Have been saving all my fresh scrapes this winter, I store them in a bucket if it’s too frozen to take them out. I guess I’ve gone on enough, you’re the best and so talented.
    carole daley

  7. Marge says:

    I saw your show today and it was great. I live in a subdivision but have alot of ground area, we just moved in here in November of 2010, we are in the process of closing in a large inground pool to use as patio areas, and I am going to incorporate the raised beds to grow vegetables and herbs in. There is lots of sun and I am really excited to get started. I started Tomatoes and peppers a few weeks ago in my kitchen and they are getting close to being transplanted.
    thanks for all of your help and information, I love the show!

  8. ty says:

    I live in the UK and I have been toying with the idea of growing my vegs but do not have a jot how it can be done. For instance I will like to grow my own tomatoes, spinach and some regular things that we eat, but I think of what the weather would allow, how organic the seedling is etc. My doubts are soo many that it practucally stunted the idea. Pls is there anything I can do?

  9. SallyAnn says:

    We have had a garden since we moved here 25 years ago. At one time I shrunk the garden down but this year we are going to enlarge it. It is very important to grow your own food. I totally agree with Michele. And like nangy we are also helping out a couple of friends with what we grow. In fact the lady I clean house for who is 90 years old has asked me to plant a little bit extra for her this year.
    Love your website Michele. Keep up the good work.

  10. nangy says:

    I have put raised beds all over my property and I grow everything and I feed alot of people,I believe in sharing what God has given me and my bounty is always double when you give it away!! I always save my seeds from year to year and that really saves on money.I put trash cans under all my down spouts to catch rain water. I am totally all organic!! I help people start gardens every year and I teach them composting and how to garden safely and not to use chemicals and that ALL BUGS AIN’T BAD!! I live at the beach on a little less than an acre and I grow everything,so it does not take much space to grow all the food you need.Thanks for listening to the ramblings of an old woman!! People need to get GROWING!!

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