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Gardening 101: Top Fruits and Veggies to Plant

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Let's just say it, the pandemic turned us all into gardeners. Our family is no exception. We all definitely enjoyed the process of growing our own produce, getting outside with a purpose, and the beauty it added to our yard. Spring had us thinking about what would be best to plant, and that is where the fabulous Gloria O'Hare of Sprout and Blossom came to our rescue!

“Gardening is fun, creative, hands-on, art, and of course, science -- all rolled into one! It is a perfect activity for everyone, especially children! Kids get to take responsibility and pride in what they grow. They feel accomplished by simply planting and caring for something."

Gloria O'Hare | Sprout and Blossom

Fruits + Vegetables

Growing your own food is rewarding in many ways! The biggest reason being, you get much fresher and nutrient-rich produce. Why? Well, you will harvest and eat your produce in a shorter amount of time, AND nothing has to be picked early in order to make it to a store. Here is a list of some of the best fruits and veggies to get in your garden...

  • Beans
  • Bell Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Honeydew
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Raspberries
  • Sweet Peas
  • Peppers
  • Watermelon
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini

Pro Tip: If you want pumpkins for Halloween, start your seeds inside now! You will want to transplant your plant babies into a garden bed or soil heap at the end of May.

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Laws of Attraction | Butterflies, Ladybugs, Bees

Bugs and birds are an important part of gardening. The ecosystem they create in conjunction with your plants will ultimately keep your garden healthy and thriving!

Bugs like butterflies and bees are not only fun to watch, but they will be your pollinators. Pollination is necessary for the fertilization of plants.

Let's not forget ladybugs! They are your pest control -- aphids won't stand a chance! Your bug army will naturally attract birds, who will keep your insect numbers under control.

What to plant for your army:

  • Sunflowers
  • Marigolds
  • Morning Glorys
  • Begonias
  • Dusty Miller’s are great! They are a type of heat tolerant, and drought-resistant foliage -- perfect for landscaping or planters.
  • Herbs for ladybugs: Dill + cilantro

Lots of fragrant flowers and vibrant colors are what you want!

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