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Grow Your Own Produce: A Great Natural Health Option

As new homeowners, this spring is our first at tackling our own yard, patio and landscaping. Having both grown up with gardens and living outside of town, we knew long ago that we would be gardeners. How much better can you get with natural health than growing it yourself? Talk about cheap vitamins and supplements! Having the fresh produce growing in your very own yard makes it so easy to eat healthy.

The beautiful Sheyenne River runs right in our backyard, which results in gumbo type soil, so we decided to have dirt hauled in from a local distributor. We orderd 10 yards of sandy loam soil and it was dumped in a huge heap in our driveway right before Memorial Day.

Many, many, wheelbarrow loads later and my husband's hard labor toward building a garden bed out of landscaping timbers and we were ready to plant.

From seeds, we planted peas, radishes, lettuce, carrots and beans. I purchased 6 roma tomato plants, 1 cherry tomato plant, 4 mixed pepper plants, kholorabi and celery. My mother-in-law gave us 6 strawberry plants from her garden which we stuck in at the end with intentions to move them somewhere someday.

So far, things are looking really good! Our produce has been growing for a little over three weeks now. We had a very hard rain late last week and my lettuce and carrots are looking a little worse for wear, but I have high hopes.


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