Today is National Eat more Fruits and Veggies Day, and with the arrival of summer and lots of beautiful gardens, I thought I’d give you some great recipes and ideas for your garden! Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and they’re low in calories.
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure. Sounds like a great idea for a holiday!
Gardening is a great hobby to take up; it gets you outside, burning calories, and produces rewarding results. Whether you are wanting to grow some delicious produce or beautiful flowers, here are some great tips and recipes to set you off on the right foot!
How to Can Pickled Beets from Suzy’s Sitcom
Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss and to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity levels.
What to compost
You want to create a balance of two-thirds carbon –based materials and one-third nitrogen-based materials within your pile. The following items are great to include in your pile:
- Table scraps (except meat, bones, and fish items, as they create undesirable odor and attract pests)
- Fruit and vegetable leftovers
- Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other disease free plant material
- Newspaper (except for the shiny pages and colored ink portions), cardboard, and shredded paper
- Coffee grinds and filters
- Tea leaves with or without the bag
- Dryer lint
Homemade Blueberry Jam from Suzy’s Sitcom
Companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden. Some plants replenish nutrients lost by another one, and some combinations effectively keep pests away.
Kitchen Garden Ideas from Daily Holiday Blog
Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants. You can also keep a mailbox in your garden for easy tool storage.