Have you made your 2016 New Year resolutions yet? Well, the Washington Post reports that 40% of Americans make annual resolutions, but only 8% actually stick to them. We can help you make a resolution you will want to stick with: growing and harvesting your own food with a backyard garden.
The truth is, eating more food harvested from the ground and less from packages can help you and your family become more healthy!
Here are the health benefits to growing your own food:
- It helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- You get to decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact (or don’t come in contact) with your food.
- It lets you control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early.
Growing your own food may seem like a huge feat to take on, but the fact is, it’s quite simple! Here are some tips:
- Start small and plant things you’d really like to eat.
- Pick a spot with at least 6 hours of good daytime light and access to water.
- Use contaminant-free soil.
- Consider using a raised garden bed, which allows you to control the soil and nutrient blend.
- Talk to our experts at The Family Tree to get a sense of what grows well in your region and when.
It won’t be long until you become amazed by how much fun gardening can be! Not to mention the pride you will take in your garden and the healthy food that will come from it. Now is the perfect time to start planning, so be sure to stop by The Family Tree soon to get the scoop on everything you’ll need for an abundant garden!