How to Start Gardening

Garden Fresh Carrots

There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food. Sure, there are farmers markets and curbside stands to grab your farm-fresh fruits and vegetables but when you have your own garden, small or large, you will reap more benefits than just the food itself. 

A sense of satisfaction comes from the hard work and knowing that there were no pesticides used in the growing process, as well as having food to provide for your family. Gardening can also be a fantastic family project and a learning tool for children. It creates space for family time together. Children can also learn where food actually comes from. In this "day and age", many children only know food comes from a grocery store so seeing it first hand is fun and educational.

Starting a Fall Crop at Home

As the summer is coming to a close, now is the perfect time to think about a starting a fall crop. If you are new to gardening or don’t have a green thumb consider container plants. Container gardening will let you get your feet wet in the gardening process. You can combine different plants in the same planter that complement each other.  Great fall plants would be greens. Greens love the cooler weather.  Spinach, cabbage, kale, lettuces, Swiss chard or collards are all great choices for a fall harvest and they have a high production volume.  Combine these with a pepper plant in the center or an herb like oregano that is a nature insect deterrent.

Grow Your Own Pumpkins for Halloween

Now is also the time to start a pumpkin to be ready for Halloween! A great way to get the kids involved in the garden when they can watch their future jack-o-lantern grow from a seed.  When planting a pumpkin make sure it has a lot of room to expand because it is a vine and can get quite large.  Combine with marigolds for a beetle repellant as well as attracting those beautiful bees for pollinating. For weight-loss friendly recipes using vegetables picked fresh from your garden, visit the Recipes section of the Metabolic Research Center website. Good luck and happy gardening.


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