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Harvesting the Garden

It's that time of year! We're starting to see the bounty of our gardening efforts.

What's in my garden?

  • Spaghetti squash (this won't stop growing!). We'll be using this in class for spaghetti squash fritters and healthsmart turkey meatballs

  • Tomatoes!!! I'm harvesting and slow roasting for some delicious recipes.

  • Baked bruschetta using the roasted tomatoes (Yum!)

  • Fettuccine with home grown slow roasted tomatoes arugula sorrel and zucchini (and parmesan of course!)

  • And my new grandson :) We didn't really find him in the garden but he is homegrown and bringing us lots of love and joy !

Take advantage of the benefits of growing your own garden:

  1. Freshness and Flavor: When you grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, you can harvest them at their peak ripeness, which often results in better flavor and nutritional content compared to store-bought produce that may have been picked before fully ripening.

  2. Variety: You have control over the types of crops you grow, allowing you to choose a diverse range of fruits and vegetables that can provide a wide array of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

  3. Higher Nutrient Content: Homegrown produce can sometimes have higher nutrient content compared to commercially grown produce that may be subjected to long transportation and storage times.

  4. No Chemicals or Pesticides (if organic): By using organic gardening practices, you can avoid or minimize the use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides, resulting in produce with fewer chemical residues.

  5. Control Over Soil Quality: You can improve soil health by using organic compost and other amendments, leading to healthier plants and potentially higher nutrient levels in your produce.

  6. Garden-to-Table Timing: You can harvest and consume your produce immediately after picking, preserving more of the nutrients that can degrade over time.

  7. Physical Activity: Gardening itself is a form of physical activity, which contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

  8. Educational Opportunity: Growing your own garden can be a learning experience, helping you understand more about where your food comes from and how it's grown.

  9. Cost Savings: While there may be initial investment costs for setting up a garden, growing your own produce can lead to cost savings over time.

  10. Sustainability: Home gardening can contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing food miles and your carbon footprint.

To maximize the nutritional value of your garden, consider the following tips:

  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure a diverse range of nutrients.

  • Practice proper soil management by composting and adding organic matter.

  • Use natural pest control methods to avoid the need for chemical pesticides.

  • Harvest produce at its peak ripeness for optimal flavor and nutrition.

  • Consider growing nutrient-dense crops like leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, berries, and herbs.

Remember that while growing your own garden can offer numerous nutritional benefits, it's important to maintain a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods from different sources to ensure you're getting all the essential nutrients your body needs.


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