There is nothing more satisfying than walking to your backyard, picking something ripe and ready, and eating it. I am no gardener. In fact, this is my first year trying. I got a little carried away with buying seeds and seeing what would grow. As it turns out, most of it has grown. So, what started as just a few planters of sprouting plants has become a greenhouse surrounded by large planters. I've successfully grown peppers, onions, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, basil, and cucumbers. Many plants (green beans, squash, zucchini, broccoli) are still flowering so we'll see how those do. Growing in large growing bags are potatoes, yellow and white onions and carrots.
It takes some patience to wait for the plants to grow, the flowers to bloom and the vegetables to ripen. The best part about gardening is finally tasting the things you grow. And what could be healthier? I've used my peppers, tomatoes and onions to spice up my morning eggs, and my lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers to make a nice side salad.
If you're not a big fan of vegetables, try growing them. When you grow them with your own hands, the last thing you ever want to do is let them go to waste. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think my vegetables taste better than the store bought vegetables that had to be shipped from who knows where and were grown with who knows what.
If you think you can't grow plants so growing vegetables is out of the question, think again. Give it a try! Gardening enables you to eat some healthy things, but it is also a great way to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of things for a bit. Just one more reason a "Nutritious Life is a Pleasant Life."
Lisa Pleasants is a Nutrition Consultant certified by the American Fitness Professionals & Associates. Nutrition is her passion and the articles you find here are just some tips on achieving better nutrition.