There has been increasing interest in the growing of a range of fruits and vegetables at home, using a Backyard Greenhouse as the central point of a family Grow Your Own Food project. This often becomes a wider project involving several families and even entire communities. There are also many crops which can be grown outdoors.
Farmers, in common with all other independent traders, need to run a viable business. How they achieve this is demonstrated in the way fruits and vegetables are grown. First and foremost he expects a reasonable return on his investment of time and labour, and to achieve this he is obliged to use large quantities of chemicals and fertilizers.
For some time now, there has been a quiet revolution against what some regard as overuse of fertilizers to increase crop yield, and many people have opted to grow their own produce in the natural setting of their garden or backyard with the reassurance that what they eat will be free of artificial chemicals.
It requires very little garden space to install a Backyard Greenhouse and it can be filled with crops which are tailored to your own family needs. Greenhouse kits in all shapes and sizes are readily available at little cost from many retail outlets. These are generally sold as flat packs and are easy to erect. For the more environmentally conscious DIY expert, a greenhouse can also be assembled using recycled window frames, timber and doors which happen to be available. A small scale gardener looking for a Hobby Greenhouse rather than a means of feeding a family may find this an ideal solution.
Tomatoes are sensitive and will not do well outdoors, but they are an ideal plant for the greenhouse. Planning ahead, naturally, is vital and the size of the greenhouse need to be taken into account. Tomatoes thrive best rained against a frame, growing vertically. This means that other plants may sand alongside the tomato, reaching vertically ad using the full space of the greenhouse by using its height as well as its length and breadth.
Outside the greenhouse, in the open garden it is useful to remember that certain herbs and spices have been identified as excellent companion crops for other plants. For example, marigold and oregano protect against cabbage moths and other unwanted guests. Chives planted between rows of lettuce are also beneficial, and the strategic planting of a few garlic roots or onions will safeguard the entire cabbage family from insect attack.
More and more people are rediscovering a degree of independence through the Grow Your Own Food movement. Knowing that the food you grow is healthy and additive free is a good feeling. And a the same time, you can enjoy the fruits of your labours better when you know that they were certainly cheaper than if you had bought them at a supermarket.