Working in your backyard-vegetable-garden is great exercise and provides an opportunity to enjoy nature. It provides a great diversion from the day to day pressure and stress of your real job or the financial pressure of retirement in this troubling economy. So why would we want to have a backyard vegetable garden as a retirement hobby? The following are my reasons and motivation.
Six reasons to make a backyard-vegetable-garden your hobby:
My first experience with container gardening was in South Bend, Indiana. In 1987 I accepted a new job in South Bend and purchased a suburban home from an architect. This home had a backyard garden that consisted of eight containers in two rows of four each with poured concrete walkways between each container. Each container was 2 feet wide by 3 feet long. It was quite an elaborate set-up that provided us with a lot of satisfaction as well as fresh vegetables each summer that we were there.
Our garden was located in a part of the yard that got plenty of sunshine. The best location should provide good drainage and six to eight hours of sunshine per day. A trellis was located on one end for our pole beans. That garden provided us with tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, green bell peppers, hot peppers, and sweet potatoes.
My wife canned green beans and tomatoes. We had a lot of green beans including both blue lake bush beans and Kentucky wonder pole beans. We were able to trade some of our beans for fresh corn from our neighbor's garden. That trading evolved into an annual neighborhood chicken cook-out garnished with vegetables from our back yard gardens.
Based on our experience at our former home in South Bend and everything that I have read recently, container gardening is the way to go for a backyard-vegetable-garden. This can be as little as one or two patio flower pots for tomato plants up to one or more raised 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 12 inch deep or larger containers in your back yard. At this point, I would like to recommend a great how to book for you to start with. It is “The Vegetable Gardener’s BIBLE” by Edward C Smith.
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