Gardeners have different reasons for growing their own. Some simply enjoy the solitude and the connection to the earth. Still, most gardeners cite their health as one of the many benefits. Just how does one insure that their garden produces the most healthy produce possible?
It all starts with the soil.
Produce gathers nutrients from the soil. If your soil is nutrient dense, your plants will be higher in nutritional value. Before planting, research the individual needs of each one. Adjust your soil accordingly by adding the nutrients needed.
Avoid GMO seeds
Nature does it best. Sticking to heirloom seeds passed down through the generations means healthier food. When shopping for groceries, we are told to avoid processed foods. Why should seed shopping be any different?
Variety means varied nutrients.
Planting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other produce is a wonderful way to up your nutritional intake. Why? Each color, variety and type of produce contains different nutrients. If you limit the variety of produce, you limit the nutritional variety as well.
Tip: Try planting a few things you don’t normally eat each gardening season for gradual change.
Certain fruits and vegetables are higher in antioxidants than others. For optimum nutrition, why not plant mostly high antioxidant produce? You might also consider adding herbs to your garden. Most are very high in antioxidants to keep your immune system healthier.
A different theory
Planting only what your family will eat is another theory that may be beneficial when fussy eaters are concerned. While variety is important, not everyone is receptive to it. If your family is picky about what they eat, planting what they like can make them more likely to eat from your garden. And the more garden fresh food they eat willingly, the better. Sneak the new stuff in a little at a time. Don’t insist that they try anything. They’ll be more receptive to the change if it’s not forced on them.