Submitted Date 03/28/2019

If you're anything like me, eating healthy is a real struggle. I know that fresh fruits and vegetables are best for a healthy life, and I try to eat more of them. But between the high prices at the grocery store, the dangers of pesticides in the fields, and all those recalls, eating a salad could literally kill you.


But there is hope, a way to eat all those healthy greens, colorful carrots, and deep red root vegetables. Build your own salad bar raised garden. Spring is the perfect time of year to plant all your favorite fresh veggies, and tending a garden has health benefits of its own.

Fresh air and healthy doses of vitamin D from our good friend the sun are sure to give your immune system a boost. Being active outside is beneficial to the health of your brain as well. Engaging in relaxing activities of garden tending can do wonders for stress relief.

Getting the whole family involved in gardening is a great way to teach your children about where food comes from, how to care for a living thing and the joys of bringing in a bountiful harvest.

Building a raised garden is a great activity to do as a family. A quick search online will find you how-to tutorials, materials needed, and even kits that have everything you'll need. Once you've located the perfect spot in your yard and purchased all the materials, building the garden will be the toughest part of the job.

All that's left now is picking what to plant, and with so many choices, you and your family are sure to find plenty of your favorites from the list of produce perfect for planting in the spring.


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  • Tomas Chough 5 years ago

    Great advice! The fact that the veggies we buy at the store aren't actually as healthy as we think, really makes me want to do this. I hope I can start my own someday! Thanks Carrie!

  • Nina Appasamy 5 years ago

    This is a project that would be really cool. Unfortunately, I'm in a dorm right now and will be living in cities for the foreseeable future, but this is still a really interesting concept. I've occasionally thought of starting some sort of indoors micro-garden, in the meantime.

    • Carrie VanHoose 5 years ago

      I'll do some research and see what I can find for gardening in the big city. Glad you enjoyed my story. 😁

  • Miranda Fotia 5 years ago

    What a delicious idea :) Thanks for sharing!