What does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has sprung! At least in Florida. And what that means is we take advantage of a short growing season. Pretty soon it will get too hot for tomato plants and  most vegetables are susceptible to nematodes in the native soil.

To be successful at gardening we either need to build elevated platforms filled w/sterile soil or use research proven systems like Earth boxes. But it is worth the effort.

  • Gardening is a great way to relax.
  • Home grown produce tastes better than anything you can buy at the grocer’s or even the farmer’s market.
  • It is the only way that you can control the amount of pesticide residue your family is exposed to.
  • Families who garden eat more vegetables and children who garden are willing to try more vegetables.

It’s only April and I have already picked tomatoes and a handful of strawberries. Yum! Last weekend I planted banana trees and pineapple plants, and fertilized the tangerine/lemon tree. It will be months before I see the “fruits” of this labor but I am patient and can be satisfied with bananas from the market.

In the mean time, if you are living up north under that big storm on the weather map, you can start your vegetable plants indoors. Start with veggies everyone likes and add 1 or 2 you’ve never eaten. Do it for your self and do it for your family.

Post by Nadine

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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