Forget about the saying “Farm to Table” and think about, growing what you eat, using the “from your yard to your table” method, as a way to eat healthier and cheaper. Ninety-five percent of us have space to grow some of our own food items. It could be two to three vegetables or a well thought out 6 x 10 foot space for square foot beds and a few containers. No matter which you decide to do, it can be the beginning of a great future in supplying yourself and family with the best organic food coming from your yard to your table.
Even using a small space if you rotate the plants during your nine or ten months of the growing time span, you can decrease your food budget and increase the quality of the food you put on your dinner table. Like with most new things you might want to start small, then branch out with each growing season.
Choose your family’s favorite three or four vegetables and start with them. Research your best growing season for these items in your area, and choose the plants or seeds for that time period. Some veggies can be planted more than one time within that growing time span. The seed package is your best guide when choosing those seeds or plants.
If you have small children, dogs or other small animals in your area and having your garden ground level would be more fight than pleasure, think about raising your growing boxes up higher. This is my small raised bed where I place small plants that vine. It’s 24 inches wide by four feet long. At one end I grew midget cucumbers and planted the rest in hot peppers. I placed the hot peppers up there because I didn’t want any little fingers finding the small red peppers too charming to resist and bite into one.
The old drawer below is where I started seeds to be planted in the beds, later in the season. The get off to a good start and when the plants are 3-4 inches in height, I can move them into a bed when my earlier plants have been harvested.
If all you have is a patio, balcony, or small yard space, you can still think about growing what you eat, and bringing it from your yard to your table.