Wondering how to grow your own food? If staying at home has you dreaming of tending a bountiful backyard garden, there are plenty of ways to get start growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This post is filled with all the tips you need for how to grow your own food in your backyard—even for beginners. Start reading, then get planting!
There are many reasons why growing your own food is important—here are just a few.
It’s easy to get excited at the prospect of gardening, then find yourself disappointed when a plant doesn’t sprout or pests eat your kale leaves. An important lesson for even seasoned gardeners is that growing food is always a learning process. No growing season is the same, and nothing ever goes 100 percent according to plan. Not to worry, though! Gardening is also completely worthwhile, especially if you stick with it year after year.
Time to start planning! You’re in the right spot for our best gardening tips for beginners, so keep these ideas in mind before you get started.
What is the easiest plant to grow? That’s a common question among first-time gardeners. Here’s our list of some of the best vegetables to start with. (If you’re wondering about the easiest plants to grow indoors, consider microgreens and herbs.)
Here are some tips for planting an herb garden if you’re interested in having lots of ways to spruce up your dishes. First up, pick the right container. Any container will work for herbs—as long as it has good drainage. Picks like chives, mint, parsley, and marjoram work well in self-watering pots, while other herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme prefer to have dry soil between watering. Next, see the light. Most herbs require lots of sun—at least six hours worth—so take that into account when you choose a location.
Whether you have a few small pots of herbs or a larger garden, there’s a recipe to highlight your bounty.
Ranch dressing is a classic vehicle for fresh herbs. This vegan version whips up raw cashews with apple cider vinegar, fresh chives, and parsley.
Ready in just 30 minutes, you’ll love this gluten-free version of a popular Italian bread. Finish it with flaky salt and a medley of minced herbs.
This tasty frittata pulls out all the stops in the herb department. There’s plenty of cilantro and parsley, plus leeks, onion, and superfood powder to boost nutrition.
Zucchini is known for growing wild in the garden—put yours to good use in this paleo muffin recipe you’ll be making all summer long.
Olive oil, cacao powder, rosemary, and coconut sugar make a perfectly sophisticated popsicle the whole family will love.
Tomatoes, this is your time to shine! Several heirloom varieties dress up this plate drizzled with EVOO and flaky salt. Add a few pieces of torn basil and you’re good to go.
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