3 Simple Tips for Starting a Garden

Gardening | A rewarding way to get your veggies! Gardening | A rewarding way to get your veggies!

Gardening is an inexpensive and rewarding way to get more veggies into your day. Here are 3 simple tips for starting your garden from Sharon Palmer.

Put on your gardening gloves

Gardening is an inexpensive and rewarding way to get more veggies into your day. So, put on your gardening gloves and plant some vegetables this spring. As someone who believes passionately that the key to health - for us and the planet - is a return to eating a whole plant foods diet, I love the activities that bring people closer to the soil, where plant foods are nourished. After all, if you grow it, you're more likely to eat it! Connecting kids and their families to their food helps give their meals a story. You can read about my valiant attempt to create my own backyard garden here (spoiler alert: it didn't got so well!).

Here are 3 simple, plant-powered gardening tips:

  1. Instead of planting ornamental plants, plant vegetables! Don't waste your gardening real estate only on flowers; vegetables can be just as pretty. Plant a row of corn, a trellis of beans, a lacy path of carrots, and a verdant jumble of herbs.
  2. Start with planting easy-to-grow vegetables, such as radishes, peas, and beans.
  3. Even if you have a tiny apartment, you can grow fresh herbs and lettuces in your kitchen window, a pot on the door, or on a balcony.

Visit The National Gardening Association for more tips. You also can read my recent blog post on the wonderful community programs offered by Earthworks Farm and Community Garden in Los Angeles.

Sharon Palmer, R.D.

Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ is a writer and author of The Plant-Powered Diet. Over 850 of her articles have been published in national publications, including Prevention, Better Homes and Gardens and Today’s Dietitian. She is also the editor of the award-winning publication Environmental Nutrition and writes for her blog, The Plant-Powered Blog. Her specific expertise is in plant-based nutrition, including Mediterranean, vegetarian and vegan diets. Her second book, Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes, will be in stores spring of 2014.

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