RETIRED civil servant Joeli Koroikata believes backyard gardening is a big relief for families living in urban areas.
Last week, the Kabara, Lau, native harvested a yam with eight shoots from his backyard garden, one of the biggest harvest he has ever had.
Apart from planting yams, he said his family had been utilising this garden for many years.
"I encourage families, especially those in urban areas, to make use of backyard gardening," Mr Koroikata said.
"It saves family time and money and also provides good exercise for family members. We do not have to go again to the market to buy vegetables or root crops as they are all here in our garden."
The former Foreign Affairs Ministry director international co-operation planted the yam in July last year and harvested it last week.
He said backyard gardening was a hobby and he moved from one place to another around his compound to plant.
He uses simple backyard gardening tips and plants dalo, bele and other vegetables.
"Backyard gardening is the best way to save money for families here in urban areas and I urge families to try it out."