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Fresh Food: Backyard Fresh

Bob is a long time gardener with considerable experience in container growing and small space gardening,

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Community Gardens help move the field closer to the table. Bob Ewing photo

Community Gardens help move the field closer to the table. Bob Ewing photo

Fresh, backyard fresh

Fresh food is best so make my food fresh. Even if it is frozen, it will taste better if it was fresh when it was frozen. Now while I appreciate the need and value of frozen food, I use frozen spinach, for example, in soups and stews and now and then in stir fries, I still like my food fresh and not from a box or can.

The freshest food is backyard fresh, by that I mean the only distance this food travels is from my table to my kitchen. Steeping out to door, back, front or side, and picking the food right off that vine means the food is indeed fresh.

The further that food or I have to travel to obtain it the less fresh that food is. Now there are certainly are degrees, perfectly acceptable degrees of freshness, a tomato picked at a community garden plot located within a few minutes of home are still fresh. A tomato purchased at a farmer’s market is also fresh. A tomato shipped across country in a truck or box car is not, legally it may be labeled fresh and indeed it may have been designed and grown to withstand the journey but it is not fresh.

It is not difficult to grow some of your own food. It is not necessary to have a large plot or a plot at all to grow some herbs, tomatoes and maybe cucumbers, for example.

Two containers, each a minimum of 24 inches across and 36 inches deep will provide you with a small supply of fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and cucumbers. Use a good organic soil mix, place in a spot where the containers get 6six to eight hours of sun per day and water when needed and you got yourself a nice snack or salad.

Inside, a bright windowsill can contain an herb box that will grow chives, thyme, oregano or whatever culinary herbs you want. If you have an outdoor space, a container that is 36 inches across and 12 inches deep will make a great kitchen herb garden where you can have access to fresh herbs for your cooking as you require them.

Window boxes can become salad green gardens where you grow your favourite salad greens and cut the leaves as you need them. The window box salad green garden does not take up much space, and provides you will healthy and fresh food all through the growing season.

You food or at least some of it, can be backyard fresh, all it takes is a little time and a little imagination.


Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 12, 2010:

You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 12, 2010:

A well writting hub with a lot to learn from. Thank you.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 12, 2010:

Thanks, learning how to garden is not hard, thanks for dropping by.

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Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman from North Hollywood, CA, USA on March 11, 2010:

I am not so good with gardening but my father is! and he plants vegetables in our backyard. I love fresh and organic vegetables and fruits. Nice hub.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 11, 2010:

Both hands, :-) Happy gardening.

blackmarx from Cameron, WIsconsin on March 11, 2010:

all great ideas, your whole hand must be green not just your thumb.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 11, 2010:

That sounds fairly easy to accomplish. Good hub.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 11, 2010:

Next how, how to get started, stay tuned and thanks for dropping by.

LaVieja from London on March 11, 2010:

I am so tempted to try... Every time I read one of your garden hubs I get inspired but my inspiration doesn't last very long!! Maybe now that spring is coming I'll get some motivation! Good hub.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 11, 2010:

Nope, not the first, thanks and happy gardening

cooke2cook from La Verne on March 11, 2010:

Would I be the first to ask if you are a brother to the ZZ Top brothers? LoL! You seem to be a great gardener, I enjoy following you.

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