Gardening is such a healthy habit to get your family on board with for a few reasons. First of all, it’s great exercise and a perfect opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to provide healthy foods and herbs for your family, as well as
flowers and other plants for enjoyment.
Choose Organic – Healthy Gardening
According to some research on different types of produce, organic foods are more nutritious. Unfortunately, they come with a heftier price tag than conventional foods as well. Growing your own organic food is a fun and cost effective way to provide incredibly healthy food for your family.
Garden without toxic chemicals to keep your family safe. Pesticides and fertilizers commonly used in agriculture make gardening more efficient, but we pay the price with our health in the long run. Many pesticides are linked to cancer and other health issues.
Fun Tips for Healthy Gardening
Recycle egg cartons to start your seeds. The cardboard these cartons are made of breaks down in the soil, leaving your plants with room to grow!
Use rain barrels to collect water for your garden. The soft water is just what plants are craving and you’ll save money on your water bill.
Keep weeds at bay – teach kids to identify the different types of plants so they can help out with the pulling. Stonyfield offers some great tips for gardening with kids.
Make an organic fertilizer with this easy recipe from Urban Farm Online:
- Make a bag made from strong, coarse fabric like jute or hemp.
- Fill the bag with chopped dandelions or comfrey leaves. Tie it tight, and attach it firmly to a wooden plank.
- Position the plank over a barrel of water.
- Soak the bag for about three weeks and then remove.
The water is now liquid fertilizer! Before using, water your soil, then apply the liquid fertilizer.
You can also start composting certain foods and organic material to make very nutrient-dense, healthy soil for your garden. You don’t even need a lot of space to begin!
Keep bugs and pests at bay with companion planting, which involves the way you arrange where things are grown for maximum benefit. About.com’s gardening section has a handy guide.
Keep Your Home Clean & Safe
Don’t bring dirt and microbes into your home as you finish gardening! Key changes to your mudroom or entrance can help you avoid bringing toxins in the home:
- Place Dr. Doormat by the entrance to control the growth of microorganisms on the mat and trap dirt and debris reducing and minimizing what comes into your home.
- Keep a clean change of clothes to change into before coming into the home.
- Cover your hair with a scarf, hat, or bandana to keep dirt out. Remove it in the mudroom.
- Wash or sanitize hands before going inside.
- A laundry bag is handy to store dirty clothes, so you can just throw the whole thing in the washer.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!