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How does your garden grow?

The USDA MyPyramid encourages eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables proving many antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin A, and dietary fiber. A diet that includes increased amounts of fruits and vegetables may even prevent certain chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers! However, many find it difficult to find time to make sure the ir family is getting enough produce in the ir diets. Home gardening may provide the answer.

Benefits in planting your own vegetable garden:

  • Easy way to relieve stress
  • Eat healthier
  • Eat organic
  • Encourage better nutrition for your family
  • Extra exercise
  • Excellent way to enjoy the warm weather
  • End up with various fresh, organic vegetables for home cooking

Homegrown organic vegetables are not just good for your yard; they are good for you and your family. By growing your own organic produce you can be sure of exactly what is going into your body and your family’s bodies.

Home grown vegetables are generally:

  • Superior in taste
  • Fresh
  • Convenient and available
  • Free of pesticides and chemicals.

Space should never be an excuse. You can use a large area or a small area of your yard.  You can also plant seeds in pots placed on your deck, balcony, patio, or window sill.
However, if you are a first-time gardener, the process may be overwhelming. Consider which vegetables you and your family like to eat, then narrow the list down to the easiest and most productive varieties.

Easy to grow vegetables include:

  • Tomatoes                     
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Peppers
  • Snap peas
  • Green onions
  • Summer squash
  • Green beans.

Remember, your garden needs three key ingredients:
1) Sunshine for at least 6 hours per day           2) Water                3) Good soil

Gardening can be a family activity; all family members should get involved in your home garden. Your child’s eating habits may even be enhanced by building a vegetable garden at home. Nutrition education should start both outside in your garden and inside your kitchen. Teach your children the fundamentals of healthy food preparation and heart healthy cooking. Children who learn how to cook are more likely to eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes than the ir non-cooking counterparts. So what are you waiting for? Decide what organic vegetables you want to plant and go to your local seed store.

Check out these credible websites on vegetable gardening


Start the spring season with the goal of developing your own organic, nutritious vegetable garden!




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