March is National Nutrition Month! It is also the perfect time to go green by growing vegetables in your own backyard or even inside your home. Growing your own veggies is not only a cost-effective way to enjoy an organic diet plan but also a neat way to engage in a healthy hobby. If the idea of planting and growing your own food seems daunting, below are a few easy veggies to plant in or outdoors.
Garlic Greens: Start by purchasing a garlic clove with small bulbs. Grab a small, roughly 4-inch pot with drainage holes. Then, fill it with potting soil leaving about ½ inch at the top of the pot. Break the bulbs into cloves, and push each clove an inch or so into the soil leaving the pointy end up. Put it in a sunny spot, and water regularly. When watering, the soil should not be soggy but moist.
Summer Squash: Be sure to plant summer squash in soil that is extremely rich. When planting, place the seeds 1 inch into the soil, 8 inches apart. Invest in protective covers that protect your plants from pests.
Rhubarb: When growing rhubarb in your garden, choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight. It is also important that you get rid of all weeds. Dig large holes, and space rhubarb at least 4 feet apart. Plant the roots 1 to 2 inches into the soil.
Salad Greens: Salad greens are a staple of a healthy diet plan. They include spinach, romaine, red leaf, and arugula. Get started by purchasing seeds. Next, get a larger planter that has drainage holes, and add potting soil to it. Use your finger to poke holes into the soil. Be sure that the holes are about four inches apart. Add a couple seeds to each hole, and cover the seeds with soil. Do not forget to water regularly. When the greens start to grow, be sure to remove small and unhealthy looking shoots.
String Beans: These are best to only plant outside, as they are sensitive to transplanting. They are climber vines, so a trellis or staking object is needed. The Farmer’s Almanac recommends planting 10 to 15 bean plants per person in the household. They thrive in very rich and fertile soil. Mulching is also beneficial for nutrients, keeping it cool and conserving moisture.