Gardening is a very popular hobby this time of year, especially since it is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you have a big backyard filled with flowers and plants, or you have a small plant in your apartment window, gardening is possible for everyone! Gardening has shown to have many benefits, from improving your mental health to providing extra vitamins and minerals in your diet. Let’s talk about some of the most common things to plant, and some of their benefits!

 

Tomatoes–the most common vegetable to grow in a garden. Tomatoes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but they all provide vitamins C, B6, K, folic acid, fiber, carotenes and biotin!

 

Cucumbers–whether you’re growing cucumbers to pickle or eat right off the vine, these plants are pretty low maintenance. Cucumbers provide vitamins A, C and folic acid. The skin is also rich in fiber!

 

Herbs–there are so many different types of herbs, most of which are pretty easy to grow! Basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, and rosemary are just a few examples of delicious herbs that add lots of flavor to your dishes. It is also much cheaper to grow fresh herbs than to buy the dried ones at the store!

 

Strawberries–fruity and delicious, these plants will come back year after year! Strawberries are a superfood, high in antioxidants, vitamins C, K, manganese and potassium!

 

Lettuce and Salad Greens–salads are commonly a lunch and dinner staple during the summer, so why not grow your own? These greens provide a good source of chlorophyll, and many varieties are full of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, folic acid and manganese. These greens typically thrive in cooler temperatures, so be sure to give them extra water on hotter days!

 

What are you planting this summer? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share some recipes if you’d like!

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