• Maria Pfund, Nutritional Consultant

Edible Garden for Wholistic Health

[photo credit:Christine Sponchia @ Pixabay]

With food costs rising and supplies lacking, but with extra time to invest on your health and wellbeing, social distance time could be a great time to make it “nature time”. Growing an edible garden doesn’t require much space, event if you have just one room without sunlight, you can grow some sprouts or mushrooms.

With self-quarantine recommended, growing edible plants can contribute in the efforts to stop COVID-19 by limiting interaction with others and decreasing the number of trips to the grocery store. Gardening is a great way to practice the virtue of patience, valuable in difficult situations such as this pandemic.

Once you are ready to start the garden, look for the place with most light exposure and adjust what to grow according to the season. Live plants you can put out in early spring include onion, hardy herbs (rosemary and thyme) and cruciferous vegetable seedlings (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kohlrabi). Below is a list of seeds for planting at this time.

Don’t forget about herbs either, they can survive winters, last for years and can give food extra flavor. Examples include rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme and tarragon.

For pots be creative and recycle containers food containers as well as old trash cans, bins and buckets. Just drill or punch some holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain and create a healthier condition for the plant roots. Think about it…starting your garden can bring you many benefits and keep you connected to nature. Please share the photos of the process to start your garden and the end result, we look forward to it!

Take-Home Message: Gardening can help you grow in patience, reconnect with nature, adopt a healthier diet, beautify your home, stay active and save money. The main factor to get it started is being willing to do it. If you have extra time, don’t miss this chance to invest in your health.

Reference How to start your own survival garden. (2020, March 31). MSN. https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/how-to-start-your-own-survival-garden/ar-BB11Y5rj

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