There’s nothing better than a tomato fresh off the vine, or just-picked blackberries, still warm from the afternoon sun. Growing your own food is not only possible, it’s easy, affordable, and incredibly rewarding.

More and more homeowners are finding their way back to the basics. Over the past few years, harvesting homegrown fruits and veggies with victory gardens has risen steadily. This is due to the popularity of organic food, concern for the environment, the cost of fresh produce and a burgeoning appreciation for great-tasting fresh food.

In Hampton Roads, which straddles plant zones 7 and 8, growing your own food is not too challenging. Planting begins in mid-April to mid-May and the growing season can run up to 280 days. The long summer heat allows us to enjoy melons, peppers, okra, tomatoes and fruits like persimmons and figs.  Don’t want to wait? Create your own kitchen garden with grow lights.

Feel you don’t have enough space for a large garden? Don’t worry, you will not need acres to grow your own but try incorporating them into your existing landscape. Consider mixing garden vegetables and herbs in your flower beds or use them as borders or even plant them in a container. By incorporating just one edible plant into your design, you can create a unique and beautiful landscape and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Get creative and plant themed gardens like a pizza herb garden or cocktail garden to really enjoy the “fruits” of your labor.

Come in today and discover how easy and affordable it is to bring the farm to your own backyard!