From Yard to Organic Garden – Tips and Pics

As food recalls mount and we continue to discover our food is too often the cause of illness, demand for organic food is increasing, as is the price. Good news is if you have a yard — front, side, or back — you can grow your own organic garden! It’s not just a growing trend, it’s becoming a necessity; plus it’s smart and a lot easier than you may think. Lawns, after all, use up time, energy, and resources (and often chemicals) to maintain. And pretty green grass doesn’t feed the family.

For your first organic garden, it’s best to begin with a small yard. If you’ve got that, then you’re already off to a good start!

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Tuned in parent Monica M. is the single mother in Los Angeles that fought off her mom’s terminal cancer with organic food, getting the whole family involved in growing their own food in their yard. Today, her mom’s once-terminal cancer is gone, and the family, along with their organic garden, is thriving! This week, Monica shares gardening photos and tips, which we’re eager to pass on to you!

Benefits of Growing Your Own Organic Garden

  1. Growing your organic fruit and vegetables is healthier, by far!
  2. Experts say gardening relieves stress.
  3. Gardening is an excellent developmental activity for children.
  4. Growing your own organic food saves money.
  5. Yard farming as a family is a wonderful bonding experience.
  6. Growing anything creates a sense of pride, accomplishment, and self-esteem.
  7. You help the Earth by enriching the soil, only using organic fertilizers, and planting organic seeds (and you are teaching your children this, too!).
  8. Grow enough of your own organic food and you can sell it for a profit, which many urban farmers are starting to do now (after converting their lawns to farms).

Let’s see what’s growing in Monica’s organic garden!

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In the photos below, you’ll see a happy garden resident enjoying Monica’s hummingbird feeder. Monica recommends using a feeder like this to not only attract hummingbirds but also to attract other pollinators that will help your garden flourish: BEES! They’re great if you don’t want too many bees, but rather just enough for your family, fruits and veggies, and the little buzzing buddies to live in harmony. (For more information on how vital our pollinator pals are to our very survival, check out our article on tuned in parent Maud Stephany, a.k.a. The Bee Mama!)
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Organic Gardening: How to grow an organic vegetable garden

This YouTube video by Howdini is great for busy beginners with small yards. It’s brief and clearly explains how to get your first organic garden started!

And for personal questions and tips, feel free to ask Monica M. here in comments! Happy growing!

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Thank you for being tuned in parents and a special thanks to Monica M. for her tips and pics! I welcome your comments, suggestions, and tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now we’re on Pinterest!

-Elle C.

References: Howdini on YouTube
photos courtesy of Monica M. for TiP graphic designs

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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  1. This is amazing! I love this article! It’s incredible how when we choose to be healthy and use the resources God has given us what incredible results can happen!

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