It’s wet, the snow is gone, the grass is growing. You hear lawn mowers cough to life and smell fires. It’s finally Spring! Now, how does this have to do with food? Spring is the perfect time to get a garden going for fresh additions to your meals.
For first timers, a herb garden is the best way to go. Herbs are easy plants that do well in indoor pots, and they have so many uses! Look at your meals and think about what herbs you use to help guide what herbs you plant. If you don’t know, rosemary is great for chicken (Hmmm Roast chicken), oregano and basil are great for Italian food, and mint is good for tea and fruit salads. Of course, there are so many other herbs in the world, thyme, parsley, fennel, bay leaves, etc.
For the greener thumbs in the world (I envy you), vegetable and fruit gardens are more your speed. Classic edible plants to grow are tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens like lettuce and kale, peppers, and the space consuming corn. Despite my having never grown a garden bigger than your average two pots, I know many friends who grow gardens. Some of them grow gardens so big I wonder if they’re planning on feeding thirty people off their land alone one day. Kale and peppers, like green peppers and jalapenos, grow very well in this climate, as do broccoli, corn, the other classics, rhubarb, and potatoes.
Growing a garden is work, but there are so many benefits to reap. You’ll have fresher tasting food, a healthier diet, and you can save money by eating food you grew. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to water my basil.