With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to boost your health and well-being with an edible garden. Gardening is relaxing and rewarding for people of all ages and has been clinically shown to reduce stress and improve mood.
Additionally, growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices is a great way to stave away produce contaminants, hormones and pesticides you’re exposed to when shopping for non-organic produce. Locally-grown foods are also better for the environment because they require much fewer resources to reach consumers.
For beginning gardeners, starting a garden can seem like a big feat. With these tips and “what to plant” list, get your hands dirty this spring and start gardening!
For cold climates, start indoors with medium-sized pots placed by a window with lots of sunshine.
Tips for What to Plant:
1. Opt for semi-established starter plants instead of using seeds. Seeds often require pre-soaking and seedlings often die before they can make it to a larger pot. Established plants are much easier to grow.
2. Start with durable plants. Pay attention to the care information that comes with your plants. Plants that grow naturally in your region will most likely succeed in your home.
3. Don’t get discouraged! Plants are complex and it’s okay if your plants don’t make it. Learn from your mistakes! The best gardening tools are practice and experience.
Here are some of the top edible plants recommended for beginners:
● Aloe vera: the jelly in each stalk is a natural treatment for burns and irritated skin
● Radishes: contain folic acid and potassium
● Herbs: add flavor to recipes and have healing properties
● Ginger and turmeric root: potent and effective anti-inflammatories
● Zucchini: Rich in Vitamin A, C, and fiber)
● Squash: Lots of Vitamin A, carotenoids and folate)
● Cucumbers: Essential for hydration, aids in digestion and contains important vitamins
● Citrus: Vitamin C and antiviral properties
● Apples: A great snack and full of fiber and vitamins
Educated with these tips, you can get started on a successful outdoor garden this Spring, that not only will provide you with yummy, healthy vegetables to eat all Summer and Fall, but will really add to the overall look of your Backyard and Lawn!
*About Sean Andersen, OwnerMountainscapers Landscaping: For more Ethan two decades, Sean Andersen a local artist, inventor and landscape designer, has been working with Valley locals to transform their yards into resort-worthy spaces. In 1994, he founded Mountainscapers, an award winning custom design company dedicated to creating inviting outdoor retreats that are unique to every home.