Celebrate Self-Sufficiency during World Kitchen Garden Day

Sunday, August 22 is World Kitchen Garden Day! It’s a perfect time to haul in some produce from a backyard garden and cook up something worthy of this great holiday.

My wife and I installed a garden in the backyard this year, I have come to love it wholeheartedly.   Our garden has been one of the best experiences of my adult life.  Nothing is more satisfying than grabbing a fresh cucumber off the vine when I come home from work, then immediately chopping it up and making a salad for dinner. I have been eating healthier, having more fun, spending more time with my wife and less time in front of the TV, and paying less for groceries.

Seriously, growing your own food is something that everyone who eats should try out at least once.  Gardening is a simple and easy thing to do (so easy a caveman could do it!).  Actually, agriculture began almost 10,000 years ago and made human civilization possible.  Small plots are a fun way to pay tribute to our ancestors, while creating a more sustainable future for our descendants.

And the quality of the food is unbelievable. The fresh ingredients easily surpass anything you might find in a restaurant.  Try it out, and you too will know the pleasures of small-scale gardening.  It may be too late in the season to start a garden this year, but make a resolution to grow some of your own food next year!  Here are some photos from my garden construction to give you some ideas:

NOTE:  if anyone is interested in using rainwater for potable uses (such as gardening), please consult the Texas Rainwater Harvesting manual to ensure the water is clean and safe.

Comments 3

  • Very cool. We would like to install a garden, but our backyard is tiny and gets no sunlight after early May, so it wouldn’t be as productive as yours. Great job.

  • I wish we could grow some vegetables but that’s not really an option with our apartment. With limited space (and sunlight) we do at least grow some herbs on the balcony.

    Another item to put down on our house wish-list: good sunlight in the backyard for a garden.

  • Yeah, sunlight and space are good things to have for a garden. You can do pretty well with containers if you have no spare bit of earth, and many urbanists have gardens bigger than ours even though their entire property is paved or hardscaped.
    And front yards work just as well as backyards! Sometimes even better, because then your neighbors come over to chat about what you are doing 🙂

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