There are countless benefits to starting your own garden, whether it's a tiny herb garden on the balcony of your apartment, a raised bed in your backyard, or a plot in your local community garden.
In addition to getting more fruits and vegetables in your diet, growing some of your own food gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency, saves you money, and - if you have little ones - can encourage your children to try new, healthy foods.
In our fast-paced world of laptops and iPhones, getting your hands dirty in the garden can help you slow down and relax, while fully engaging the body and mind. At the same time, it is great exercise, helps you feel more connected to nature and the food that you eat, and can even boost your spirits. Are you convinced yet?
Getting started is not as difficult as it might seem. In fact, SOSMentor's Executive Director, Bob Donahue, recently began preparing his very own winter vegetable garden. Thankfully, our Co-Founder Carole Donahue was there to capture it all! In this edition of "Bob's Winter Garden," Bob will show you how to prepare the soil for your garden:
Stay tuned for the next episode of "Bob's Winter Garden," in which you'll learn how to establish a water system and plant the seedlings. Until then, you can check out www.garden.org for all kinds of additional gardening resources.