Health and Wellness Lifestyle

Having a Garden Reaps Healthy Benefits

Having a garden is important to me—I love knowing exactly what I am putting into my body. It’s also good to know how fresh the vegetables my family is eating actually are—unlike at a grocery store, where you don’t know how long the fruits and vegetables have been on the shelf, and the expiration date is only a few days after you purchase it! You also can never truly know if the “organic” produce you are buying is in fact organic.

It’s an amazing feeling to be able to pick lettuce and tomatoes for a salad right from my backyard, plus I love watching my garden grow and knowing that the hard work that is put into it is coming into fruition.

I’m looking to add new plans to my garden, such as broccoli and cauliflower, which are both packed with vitamins. I’m also adding swiss chard, which is great for juicing!

Here are some of the plants that you’ll find are growing in my backyard:


In my garden, you’ll find mint, basil, spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, chives, Mexican oregano, radishes, Serrano Peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, green onions, strawberries, and lavender.


In my orchid, you’ll find trees bursting with lemons, limes, peaches, avocados, plums, and oranges.


What’s a garden without flowers and trees? I love my roses, bougainvillea, gardenia, hydrangeas, ficus trees, and a beautiful oak tree.


Mint is my favorite item that I grow, because you can put mint on almost everything. It’s also good to use it for tea or to infuse it into water for a refreshing drink. I also love my cucumbers, because homemade pickles are delicious!


If you have a garden, consider planting mint and lavender, both of which can be used for teas and to put into water to give it flavor. I also love being able to use my lemon, ginger, and turmeric to make my own teas!


If you’re interested in starting your own garden, remember that it’s a lot of hard work and that  it needs daily attention. Do your research, and learn what conditions certain veggies and plants need to grow so you can achieve the best results. For instance, the more sun with arugula, the more spicy it is. Here’s a gardening tip: you can use wood chips as a natural fertilizer. It also keeps the moisture in.

If you have a garden (or are interested in starting one next spring), what is your favorite thing to grow?

—Kym

Kym Gold
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