By Dr. Janet Brill
During the month of June, try to slow down and smell the roses. If you haven’t tried gardening, you may want to consider this peaceful and relaxing hobby.
We should all take some inspiration from the First Lady’s passion for healthy living and healthy eating. Thanks to Mrs. Obama, people across the country have revisited the American tradition of starting a vegetable garden at home. In fact, on March 20, 2009, with students from a local elementary school, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War II. Today, the garden is planted, tended and harvested by Mrs. Obama, White House staff, the National Park Service and visitors alike.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to learn about nutrition and incorporate healthful, fresh and seasonal foods into your favorite meals. Even if you don’t consider yourself a proficient gardener, with very little effort, the right tools and easy-to-follow instructions you will be on your way to having a green thumb.
Here are four tips to help your garden grow:
I suggest you read the book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. It details the First Lady’s trials and tribulations with the famous White House garden plus contains helpful hints for starting your own vegetable garden such as how-to information about seed spacing, irrigation, soil types, and the right time to plant various vegetables.
Whether you choose to plant a small window herb garden or a 20 foot plot filled with veggies, be sure to incorporate your home-grown produce into your daily diet – as the health benefits of growing your own foods are endless. Follow these 4 tips you’ll surely be eating well and staying fit mentally and physically. Use slow gardening as a means to take it easy. Life has so many pressures. Your garden can provide you with a natural opportunity to kick back, relax, and step off the treadmill of life into your own peaceful, living world.