I have a small back yard but, each year we maximize the space by seeing how many fruits and vegetables we can grow. Raised beds and container pots are a great way to grow your own food. Since the soil inside of the container is concentrated with nutrients, you can pack in more seeds and plants in a smaller space.
We stop by our local garden store every spring and pick out plants and seeds for the growing season. The plants we grow consistently every year are peas, tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers. The peas never actually make it into the house for a meal but, are portable snacks while the kids are playing outside. We also have strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a peach tree. Most of the fruit never makes it inside either but, these are great pesticide free snacks that my boys look forward to year after year. In addition, the peach tree is a dwarf verity and planted right next to our deck like any other ornamental tree. We keep our berry plants in container pots right on the patio. Just a side note, if you get a blueberry plant you will need to get at least 2 for cross. pollination.
Having container pots or raised beds is helpful to because garden prep does not take as long as there are not as many weeds and debris to be removed. Just a quick turn of the soil and compost and you are all set to plant!
I usually buy seeds for lettuce, peas, beans, cucumbers, beets, and carrots. However, when it comes to tomatoes and pepper plants, I prefer to buy them as seedlings. I have one raised bed that is made of a simple rectangle wooden frame but, the other raised bed is a galvanized stainless steel feed trough. They can be purchased on Amazon and are less then one hundred dollars. They are a great alternative if you do not have the grass space in the back yard. I drilled drainage holes in the bottom of the container and put rocks at the bottom. Then I added the soil. I also have the trough raised with two bricks underneath. It just sits right on my patio.
What are you planting this year? Have you tried a container garden? It is a fun way to see where your food comes from and grow your own. Its even better when you get the kids involved.