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.