Green Living

Our Edible Backyard

An edible backyard is so rewarding. It’s a great workout, gives you something beautiful to look at, and you get a great return on your investment by being able to grow your own food!

how to grow an edible backyard.

In theory, we have an edible backyard. Well, it would be an edible back yard if we could figure out how to keep the birds from eating our strawberries, blueberries and plums. This is a picture of one of our 8 blueberry bushes. Almost ready!

Really all that is necessary to have an edible backyard is to choose plants that are edible instead of just being eye candy. I have nothing against, say, a dogwood being planted just because they are gorgeous, but until I am able to fulfill my dream of living on a couple of acres and really being able to farm, this is a way for me to make the most of every square inch of my backyard.

One of our plum trees. This was the first year we really had a good amount of plums, but we still haven’t eaten one yet. The birds always get to them first.

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First of the ripe tomatoes! I remember the first home grown tomato I ever ate, a couple of years ago when I first started gardening, I called my Dad and said “It tastes NOTHING like the ones at the grocery store!” I couldn’t believe how delicious they were.

how to grow an edible backyard

These guys are coming along. Big thanks to my husband for actually getting these guys in the ground, it is so much harder to garden with a new baby. He has pretty much taken over our urban “Family Farm” and these are now “his” tomatoes. I love him for that!

how to grow an edible backyard

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  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Hi Stephanie 🙂

    Love the blog. We had that problem with the birds too, until we bought a really fine netting that we put over the trees. The sun was able to get in and it kept the birds out. First time we were able to eat our peaches in three years 🙂

  • Stephanie
    June 2, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    We are going to have to do that next year. Where did you get the netting?

  • Joy Greth
    June 20, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    In order to keep birds and other critters away from your crops is to buy FOX URINE and drown cotton balls in them. Then place around the garden and the critters will not even think about coming close to your veggies and fruits! This works WONDERS!

    • Stephanie
      June 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Oh my gosh, that sounds so gross! But I bet it does work!