Home Gardening
An increasing number of families are planting gardens to grow their own food. One of the greatest rewards of homegrown vegetables is the garden-fresh flavor that just can’t be matched by supermarket produce. Other reasons for the increased interest in gardening include better-tasting food, save money on food bills, better quality food, and grow food they know is safe. The satisfying experiences of planting, cultivating, and harvesting fruits and vegetables creates a lifelong appreciation for healthy living.

Creating a vegetable garden is a way of knowing there is a good supply of fresh vegetables to eat. Vegetable gardeners know where their produce comes from and they know what chemicals were used to grow the produce. Eating more vegetables, and especially home-grown vegetables, is a simple way to ensure that a body is getting a proper balance of vitamins and nutrients.

Gardening offers nutritional benefits to those who choose to plant a vegetable garden. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.  

Gardening provides fresh fruits and vegetables and the encouragement to eat them. Among the many vegetables grown by home gardeners the most popular ones include: tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, beans, carrots, summer squash, onions, hot peppers, lettuce, and peas.  

Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what's inside. To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions.

Why eat MORE fruits and veggies? 

  • Color & Texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture … and appeal … to your plate.
  • Convenience. Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they’re ready when you are!
  • Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestivesystem happy.
  • Low in Calories. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.
  • May Reduce Disease Risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
  • Vitamins & Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feelhealthy and energized.
  • Variety. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s alwayssomething new to try!
  • Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.
  • Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel … some you don’t, and some grow right in your own backyard!

Fruits & Veggies are Nutritious AND Delicious!  

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