Grow Food

PRODUCE: Backyard Gardens / Kitchen Garden

Growing Vegetables at Home (and Spend Less on Groceries)

Growing Food: it sounds simple and our ancestors have done it for eons, but how hard is it really to grow your own food? Take the Total Escape CHALLENGE and find out!

(hint – this may take a while to perfect)


Start planning your garden in winter months; grow seedling indoors (months in advance) and be ready to plant as soon as the warm weather hits. Certain crops, like peppers, take longer to produce fruit, so starting them early is key to harvesting peppers in summer, rather than autumn. Lettuce is an excellent winter time food to grow indoors, under lights or in a sunny window ledge.

Seed Starter Kits

Seed Starter Trays



Sure, you can use the dirt in your yard (if it hasn’t been poisoned with chemical sprays). A soil test kit will let you know what condition your earth is in.

Began the ‘garden journey’ by building a compost pile and adding to it weekly. Save this  home-made compost fertilizer for summer – when plants are in the ground and needing a boost.

Use clean, bagged soil for starting seeds – in order to get the best results on your starter plants. Coco core (coconut) may be added to potted plants to increase the volume of soil needed in the container.


Soil may need extra help for getting the harvest results you want.  Do research online to find out what your food crop requires. Overall, these items below can help condition and add extra nutrition to the dirt, which can increase your yield on produce.

Worm Castings

Organic Bone Meal Fertilizer

Alaska Fish Emulsion


Fruit trees may need protection from the frost; cabbages may need protection from the white cabbage moth; leafy greens could need shade from the hot sun. Seeds planted outdoors will always be food for hungry birds. There are nets of various sizes, sheer frost cloths of different thickness and shade cloths of darkest degrees.

blue potatoes

red lettuce