Be the Friend That Inspires

Be the Friend That Inspires

When your friends come to visit, they will leave inspired to try something new. And its all due to your vegetable garden.

A Productive Landscape

Vegetables, herbs, and fruits can be amazingly decorative! Rather than have a section of the backyard sectioned off for your vegetable patch, create an edible landscape where any part of your backyard can produce food. Your friends will admire the beautiful garden you have created and be extra impressed if the plants are edible.

Tip: Many vegetable plants are seasonal and complete their entire lifecycle within a season or two. You don’t want big areas of missing plants or a garden full of lifeless plants clearly coming to the end of their lifecycle. Plant fruit trees and perennial vegetables to ensure your garden always looks healthy.

Include home grown ingredients in meals

When your guests are commending you on the flavours of your meal, point out the ingredients that were home grown and picked fresh. You will inspire them to use fresh ingredients in their own home cooked meals.

A sure fire way to impress

Pick a big bunch of herbs and a shopping bag of vegetables and give it to your friends. They will love the gesture and will go out of their way to use the ingredients (maybe they will try a new recipe!). Even better, have a vegetable garden out the front so you can pick vegetables for your friends on their way out. They will love the fact that the vegetables are as fresh as you can get.

Awkward situations

We have all been in the situation when your partner is sharing office in-jokes with a new friennd and you are stuck without much to say with the other half of someone you barely know. There is no better way to start a conversation than a tour of the garden and showing off some of your handy work.

Before you know it you will have your own in-jokes!

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Suburban Farmer
Written by Suburban Farmer

Hi, I am Mike the Suburban Farmer. I have been practising backyard self-sufficiency for 15 years and aim to inspire you to look at your backyard in a new way, and to enjoy the many rewards from growing your own.