Last year I created a goal, to grow most of our food we eat in our own back yard. This is a rather big goal since we live in an inner city suburb and hence have an inner city sized backyard. Actually I doubt you could officially call it a backyard. With all ground paved tiles and sized to fit just one car, a courtyard would be a better description (not a lot of space and no soil).
Fast forward to January 2012 and how is my goal progressing? Last week I created a salad dinner that contained 90% of the food we grew in our courtyard from garden pots. So what are we growing now?
Ready to Eat:
- 4 types of lettuces
- all our herbs
- cherry tomatoes
- egg plant
- silver beet
- edible flowers
Soon to be ready for eating:
- passion fruit
- spring onions
What else will I be planting this year:
- blue berries
If you are interested in growing your own food, don’t allow a lack of space or even knowledge to stop you (as when I started I really didn’t have much of either). Start with growing the herbs you like to eat and ‘grow’ from there.
It might be interesting to know that the majority of the garden pots we are using for growing our own food, have been collected 2nd hand. Either gathered from the side of the road discarded on ‘chuck out days’ or purchased 2nd hand from the ‘Pre Loved Roots’ shop.
Feeling inspired and want some help?? Check out Sydney’s ‘Green Square Growers’. Many of the people in this group are growing food on their inner city unit balcony!
I would love to know what food you are currently growing at your place?