So, I know I’m a bit late with this post, but if you haven’t gotten your veggie plants/seeds yet, it’s not too late! In my area of the country, Mother’s Day is the usual weekend when it’s safe to start planting things outside. Wouldn’t you know that two days after I got my plants into the ground and several containers, we had a frost warning. In mid May!
If you want to get healthy, eating fresh vegetables is one sure way to achieve your goal. Many centuries ago, Hippocrates said, “let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.” Doesn’t that make perfect sense? Sometimes we think raising fresh food is hard, too time consuming, or not worth the effort. Wrong on all points. Start small and find things that can easily be grown, especially in containers. Although they are harder to find today, seek out an independent garden center and ask for some guidance. Those folks love to share their knowledge, and like the people you meet at farmer’s markets, they need our financial support.
I have a wonderful garden center not too far from my house, and I make several trips there during this time of year. They have dozens of varieties of tomatoes and peppers, many of them heirlooms. In each of the two Earthboxes my brother gave me several years ago, I plant two tomatoes, two peppers, and two dwarf eggplants. I’ve been planting the same mix in each box for the last few years, and I’m amazed at the results.
What a joy it is to eat something that you’ve grown, and even better, to share the fruit of your labor with those you care about!