Benefits of gardening start long before harvest

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:05 PM | by mitch

By Gerri Pagach, Executive Assistant

Little Red Door’s  Community Garden is in its fifth growing season and is flourishing quite nicely, thanks to the more moderate summer heat and regular watering with our new irrigation system.

Some of the items we planted this spring are:

•    Assorted Lettuce
•    Tomatoes
•    Eggplant
•    Radishes
•    Black Raspberries
•    Strawberries
•    Red cabbage
•    Chili peppers
•    Green Bell Peppers
•    Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Parsley
•    Swiss Chard

Everything we plant in our garden has cancer fighting properties and adding them to your daily diet can provide antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits, regulate blood sugar and many other health benefits.  All of these foods can be found in your local supermarkets, as well as grown in your own back yard.  And there are even more health benefits that can come from growing your own food.

If you have ever spent a summer gardening, you know that it can serve as great exercise.  Don’t have a yard that can be used for gardening?  By volunteering at various community gardens, you can not only assist in keeping the community vibrant, but become healthier in the process!

The CDC considers gardening a moderate-intensity level activity… Additionally, those that choose gardening as their moderate-intensity exercise are more likely to exercise 40-50 minutes longer on average than those that choose activities like walking or biking.

Did you know that gardening is one of the volunteer opportunities at Little Red Door?  By participating in the Garden Club, you can enjoy all of the health benefits listed above as well as be part of the planning, planting and harvesting process.  If you love to garden, or want to learn more about gardening, consider joining our new Garden Club!