Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD


Gardening is a great hobby for many reasons. It is a time to reconnect with nature and yourself, allows you to get some fresh air and it provides an opportunity for light physical activity. The best benefit of all is that you can enjoy your own organic produce! Being able to enjoy the food you grow can give you a sense of achievement. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I get to enjoy a fresh kale salad straight from my garden.

It wasn’t until I built my confidence with easy vegetables to grow, did I venture out into more challenging growing projects. When it is time to choose which vegetables and fruits to grow, I always plan to plant these basic four.

  1. Kale

Kale is hands-down my favorite vegetable to grow. Ever since I started growing my own kale, never have I gone to the grocery store for it.

If you have never tried fresh kale plucked straight from the garden, you are missing out on the maximum flavor kale has to offer. Fresh kale is juicy, crisp, and has a strong earthy flavor. One plant can provide many meals over the course of a few months since you can simply tear off leaves from the outside in as they grow. There are also many varieties of kale offering different textures, flavors and vibrant colors, so be sure to experiment! Kale is so simple to grow at home that you will regret not having planted it sooner!

  1. Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill)

The best feeling is being able to walk out to your garden and return with fresh ingredients.

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