Have you ever had fruits or vegetables from an at-home garden? Nothing compares to the freshness and satisfaction of having grown it yourself. The convenience of being able to walk into your backyard and grab some tomatoes for a fresh batch of salsa, healthy salad, or to top off your sandwich. Gardening is a great source of physical activity it is equivalent to burning as many calories as a 30-minute walk! Lets not forget about the money you’ll save growing fruits and vegetables as opposed to buying them at the store. Lets take a look at some easy plants to start with:
- Green Beans
Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron, and fiber
How to plant: Plant green beans in well-drained soil with lots of sun. Sow seeds every couple of weeks for continual harvest
Nutrients: Vitamin A
How to plant: Plant carrots in sandy loam as soon as the soil can be worked.
Nutrients: About 95% water- great for hydration
How to plant: Plant cucumber with good fertilization and lots of organic matter. The more you harvest the higher the production.
Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, K and folate
How to Plant: Plant in spring and fall, sow every couple of weeks for continuous harvest.
- Snap Peas
Nutrients: Vitamin C and fiber
How to Plant: Plant peas as early as your planting schedule allows and sow more seeds when cooler fall days return.
How to use: Try it in salads, sandwiches, pasta, and drinks.
How to Plant: Plant basil in moist soil with lots of sun. Sow every couple of weeks for continual harvest.
How to use: Try it on cucumbers.
How to Plant: Plant seeds in warmer weather
How to use: Try it in salsa, on tacos, or on fish.
How to Plant: Plant early in the season and sow occasionally for continual harvest.
Nutrients: Vitamins A and C
How to Plant: Plant in moist soil with organic matter.
How to use: Try in in stew/soups, on potatoes, meat, or on apples/pears.
How to Plant: Plant in an area with lots of sunlight.
These are just a few of the many delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can grow in your garden this year! It’s never too late to try out new things. Grab some soil, seeds, water and you’re off to an amazing start!