Gather in the Garden
Delicious vegetables, berries, and herbs are just a few of the payoffs of planting your own garden — and you don’t need acres of land to get the job done. Even a pocket–sized patch of soil — or containers — can produce a worthwhile harvest.
Tending a garden puts you in touch with your food — literally. You’ll know where it’s coming from as well as who’s handled it. And the flavor of just–picked produce can’t be beat — you can’t buy food any fresher.
Cultivate good nutrition and a healthy sense of accomplishment by growing your own:
- Locate your garden where it will get at least 6 hours of sun each day
- Lettuce, carrots, radishes, and tomatoes are great beginner crops; choose varieties that do well in small spaces
- Create rich soil for your garden by composting; reduce your garbage output by adding table scraps and yard waste to your compost pile
- Avoid big water bills by collecting rainwater
- Involve the whole family in planting, weeding, and tending your garden — it’s a great way for everyone to experience the joys of working hard for future rewards.
For more information on container gardening, visit West Virginia University’s Extension.