Do you like fresh tomatoes? Maybe cubing them up for your salad, slicing for your sandwich or simply chopping up and eating as is? Or what about a fresh cucumber? Bright yellow squash? Whatever you choose, in order to get your fill of fresh veggies, why not skip the checkout line and grow your own instead?
Spring has sprung!
April is National Garden Month, and what better time to get outside for some much needed vitamin D after a long winter. Even if you live in an area that is not quite ready for spring planting, it’s never too soon to get your tools ready and your seeds bought. You lucky people in the southwest areas are most likely already in the growing season, though!
If you’re not sure, you can do some online research to see what crops grow best in your neck of the woods and when to get the soil ready for tilling. You can try out some of the growing zone sites. One of our favorites can be viewed here!
Hmm…what to grow?
Starting a garden would be a great activity for you and the kids as it could help alleviate the lingering remnants of cabin fever. And be sure to allow them some input on what to plant! It won’t do any good to harvest a great crop of broccoli if no one is going to eat it.
Beets are relatively easy to grow, as are squash, cucumbers, carrots, and of course so many types of beans. Tomatoes do require a little more tending to, but just think of the taste of a home grown tomato as opposed to the bland supermarket varieties. And of course, watermelon is a relatively easy grow—just don’t forget the mulch, since that helps keep away the weeds and aids in retaining the moisture for a nice plump melon!
Back to your roots
It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of life these days and gardening is a great way to get back to nature. Watching something that you planted as a tiny seed take root, sprout, then grow into juicy, healthy veggies and fruits is something that feeds more than just your belly—it helps feed the soul!
This April, take the time to get outside and start your own garden. And don’t forget the fresh herbs, especially since that can even be something you start in the winter in a windowsill garden. You’ll find that there’s a special kind of joy in watching green things grow and thinking, “Wow…I did that with my own hands.” So get growing!