The main challenge of growing your own food isn’t related to technical skills, the time required or the energy expelled – it is maximizing the limited space you have. Most of us don’t have acres of land to put to work, instead we have limited spaces we carve out and dedicate to our personal food production. You need a plan to maximize your space, and in this short video we explain how we go about choosing what makes the cut in our backyard garden.A Simple Plan For Deciding What Food is Worth Growing #weekendfarmer Click To Tweet
Video Transcript for “A Simple Plan for Deciding What Food You Should Grow”
Brian Clapp, WeekendFarmer.com As a Weekend Farmer, we all have to make decisions on what we plan to grow. We have constraints on our time, our effort level and most importantly how much space we have. Trust me, I wish I had 5 acres to work with where I could plant all kinds of crazy things and just see what happens. But we don’t. So instead we’ve developed a formula to help us make our decisions:
- We decide how much space something takes up vs. the yield it provides
- We decide ho much we eat a particular fruit or vegetable and ow healthy it is
- We decide how cost-effective it is to grow it vs. buy it from the local grocery store
We score everything with a number from 1-5 with 5 being the best. Anything that scores in the 12-15 range has a really good chance at making our cut for the backyard garden. At WeekendFarmer.com we believe you have to put those kind of constraints on yourself and make decision based on these types of metrics or else you end up wasting the space you have.
Now, with that said, it’s extremely important to have fun while you garden. That’s the whole point of this! You need to try out new things, see what grows well in your area and find out if your family loves something unexpected – that is why I have built an additional 8×10 garden bed this year – giving me an additional 80 sq ft of planting space where I can try out things I haven’t grown before. You may want to consider having one bed in your garden space be left to experimentation! It sure does keep things interesting…
This year I’m going to try Tomatillos, Purple Cauliflower and Parsnips – I’ll test this in my space and see if it grows well and the family enjoys is – isn’t that the fun?
So while we believe in being somewhat rigid in the space you have and making sure to maximize it – you have to make sure you have some fun too or else being a Weekend Farmer becomes more like a chore, rather than something you can enjoy being a part of.