In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama and a group of elementary school students broke ground on the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt planted her victory garden during World War II. Since 2009, the First Lady has tended to and harvested the crops with the help of White House staff, the National Park Service, and many visitors.
Through inspiring people to create their own garden, the First Lady is encouraging people to develop a passion for healthy eating. Growing your own fruits and vegetables not only teaches you about nutrition; it also helps you easily incorporate fresh and healthy foods into your diet.
For those without an expert green thumb, we have compiled a list of tips to help you grow your own garden:
- Plan before you plant. You must consider where you want to grow your garden, especially if you do not have a big, sunny backyard. For small plants, sometimes all you need is a porch or a kitchen window sill.
- Consider the weather. A good gardening space should receive a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Plants also need a consistent source of water, so make sure you have a watering can if you live in a dry climate.
- Know your plants. Visit a local nursery or garden center to learn more about plants, including which plants to grow during which seasons.
- Match your plants to your environment. Not all plants are the same. Although most thrive with sunlight and water, some need a different environment. Determine the needs of each plant: what type of soil does it require, what area of the garden should it be planted in, how much water should it receive, etc.
Whether you choose to tend to a few small potted plants or a large garden, the benefits of including home-grown produce in your diet are endless! If you would like more tips on how to grow your own garden, contact Fitness Together Ellicott City today.