The Ideal Spot for a Garden


| 5/2/2016 10:17:00 AM


Tags: garden planning, shade gardening, nutrition, Celeste Longacre, New Hampshire,

 

We are what we eat. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that we are what we digest. As more and more people are learning how important it is to pay attention to what we put into our bodies for gut health, the interest in growing some of our own vegetables is expanding.

The benefits of home gardening are many and extraordinary. Vegetables and fruits, once picked, use up their own nutrients to stay alive. Produce grown and harvested from far away has to travel many days to reach the grocery store destination of lots of people. During this time, they are deteriorating in quality, freshness and flavor. Some vegetables, like broccoli, lose over 50 percent of their nutrition after only two or three days.

The solution? Grow it ourselves or purchase it fresh from a local farmers’ market.

The Health Benefits of Sunshine

The benefits don’t stop there, either. Gardening gets us out into the sunshine which not only provides us with much-needed vitamin D, but helps the body fight off bacterias and viruses. We have forgotten that traditionally, at the turn of the last century, tuberculosis was treated with sunshine.

Gardening also keeps us flexible. Getting up and down from the ground and sitting on the Earth not only connects us, but causes us to spread our legs in ways that are inherently different from sitting in a chair. It is also a way to show our children and grandchildren where food actually comes from.




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