For many urban and suburban Utah residents, growing a backyard vegetable garden or caring for a fruit tree or two is as close to agriculture as we come. But, participating in backyard agriculture is easier than you might think. If you are looking to try your hand at growing your own fruits and vegetables, you’re not alone; Burpees, one of the nation’s largest seed suppliers reports the demand for popular vegetable seeds is overwhelming at times as more people try to cut food costs and go green with their food choices.
Clear a little garden space in the backyard; plant a few already-sprouted plants or seeds; water, weed, wait and harvest. The climate along the Wasatch Front is favorable for growing everything from tree fruit such as peaches, pears and apples; to vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, peas and radishes, to name a few.u are looking to try your hand at growing your own fruits and vegetables, you’re not alone; Burpees, one of the nation’s largest seed suppliers reports the demand for popular vegetable seeds is overwhelming at times as more people try to cut food costs and go green with their food choices.
Even large scale vegetable farmers plant tomatoes, peppers and other plants one at a time; though mechanized techniques make it faster. Most fruit trees are pruned and harvested by hand. Even when it comes to those crops that are planted and harvested using automated equipment, the biggest difference between the farmer and backyard grower is the scale of the operation. Almost all fruit orchards and vegetable farms in Utah are family-run operations with only a few employees at most outside of family members.
A recent trend in urban agriculture is even eliminating scale and mechanization differences. Backyard urban farming is becoming more popular. People use their own backyard or borrow other people’s yards to grow enough vegetables to sell at farmers markets or to restaurants, etc. Most of the planting and harvesting is done manually. A small tiller or a manual seeder is often times the most mechanized these small operations get. Usually one person or one family does most or all of the work.
And one thing we all have in common is we rely on the weather for much of our success.
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