Time to dispel these!
Myth #1 – Edible gardening is too much work.
DIY Backyard Farm – sure, having a thriving edible garden is work. However, it’s good for you work. Working your edible garden is not like sitting at the computer all day or commuting in the car to a thankless job. Working your edible garden is healthy exercise too!
Myth #2 – Our yard lacks sunlight.
DIY Backyard Farm – I hear this all the time. Someone may lack the sunlight to grow tomatoes or peppers, but there are many other edible plants that do well in part sun. My book has a section devoted to vegetables, herbs and even some berries that grow and produce fine in part sun. If you are not sure how much sunlight an area receives you can use a simple sunlight measuring device like the SunCalc we recently reviewed.
Myth #3 – It is less money and more convenient to buy your own produce from the store.
DIY Backyard Farm – No way! In 2014 we started to loosely track the amounts of vegetables, fruits and herbs our edible gardens produced. Consider our golden raspberry bush. One bush has produced roughly 7 pints of golden raspberries so far this season. One small harvest in early summer and one larger harvest in late summer/early fall. This type of raspberry is hard to find in the store. Plus, the few times I have seen them they are usually $5 – $7 for 1/2 of a pint! At those prices we grew $70 – $98 of golden raspberries alone!
How about tomatoes? We are unsure of the total harvest because our son, AKA “Tomato Shark”, eats many of them before we are aware of their existence. However, on a recent visit to a national gourmet market chain we saw heirloom tomatoes “on sale” for $4.99 a pound. Each tomato they sold was at or just under 1 pound! At that price our Cherokee Purples would be worth a small fortune.
Wait, there’s more! We forgot to discuss travel. We travel from our home to our backyard gardens to pick our organic, fresh produce. Just a few steps and we enter our own personal farmer’s market. How long do you spend driving to the market, selecting/paying for produce and driving home? Our carbon footprint is zero for this activity, what is yours?