the backyard vegetable
create a simple vegetable patch without digging
Welcome to the backyard vegetable!
Do you want to have a go at growing your own fresh, healthy vegetables?
tasty, juicy tomatoes
cucumbers with crunch
just picked salad greens and herbs
crisp, sweet peas and beans
no sad leftovers in the crisper
no nasty pesticides
Not sure how to get started?
- it is easy to set up on an unused patch of lawn or garden
- it is easy to convert back to lawn whenever you want to
- it is easy to add to if you want to grow more
- it is suitable for rental properties
- it is a good way to involve children in food gardening
Home grown vegetables are fresh, involve minimal food miles and, compared to commercially grown food, use less water and fewer pesticides.
For taste, nothing beats home grown produce.
Freshly picked vegetables and herbs have higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants.
Even a small vegetable patch in a backyard can be highly productive. (One tomato plant can produce up to 10kg of fruit over many weeks.)
Options for small spaces like balconies are possible as are small raised beds if that is what you need.
The photos on this website are from an ordinary back (and front) yard in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
During the year of 2012 this yard produced more than 590kg of food, with a value of almost $1800 (prices based on conventional produce from our local greengrocer. Organic prices would be at least double that.)
For 2013 the garden has produced over 430kg of food, plus nearly 19 dozen eggs, with a total value of more than $1900.
Despite having an intensively gardened property, our average mains water use is 90 litres per person per day because we use rainwater and re-use grey water and because the soil is very rich in organic matter.
The gardener juggles family responsibilities and work as well, so producing these amounts of food is clearly not a full time occupation.
Our backyards are valuable!
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