January 26, 2020

Vegetable Gardening – Grow Your Own Food

Vegetable gardening is a great way to provide you and your family an abundant and safe source of food. When grocery store prices on produce keep going up and the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables isn’t always the best, it’s a smart choice to grow your own food and provide for your sustenance from your very own yard.

Jean and I┬áhave been growing some of our own food on our mini farm in our back yard for the last year and a half or so and have thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of our labor so to speak. We are using a process known as grow biointensive gardening that Jean has learned about and is sort of like having a mini farm on your property. The main focus behind this kind of gardening or small farming is grow your soil by double digging your small garden plots to a depth of 24 inches to get water and air more easily into the ground, to retain that water and to give the roots of your crops more room to grow. Composting your own garbage, yard clippings and other organic material and spacing your plants close together are also part of the biointensive gardening process. There really isn’t anything better than knowing exactly where your food is coming from and knowing what goes on it and into it. And there also isn’t any fresher food than that which you can take from your garden and put on your table to eat only minutes later.

We live in Florida, so we can have a garden year round, but we still want to plant crops in season and rotate them to maximize getting the proper nutrients in the soil. Right now we are growing, 2 kinds of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, onions, 3 kinds of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini (that’s not doing too well), red, green and purple peppers and various herbs. We also have 7 pineapple plants, guava, lemon, and mango trees plus blueberry and blackberry bushes. Keep checking back here as we will continue to chronicle our growing adventures and try to offer some advice on what’s working for us and what’s not.