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Still time for a garden

May 21, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Remember those blizzards we had about three weeks ago?

Seem like a distant memory?

Well, they were just three weeks ago.

That's why it still isn't too late to get out and plant a garden this summer. And a great place to do it is your own back yard.

So why bother with a garden? Well, here are some very good reasons.

First of all, the food doesn't get any fresher. There's nothing better than going out and picking a few leaves of lettuce and a couple tomatoes and making a salad minutes later. Or imagine picking some of your own homegrown cucumbers and dill and making pickles. Yumm!

It also can save you money. Lots of money. Even a small, 10-by-10 garden patch will save you quite a few trips to the produce aisle.

And if you have kids, it gives them something meaningful to do through the summer. Ever hear something like, "Mom, I don't have anything to do."?

Well, a garden will get them out there, sifting through the soil, planting seeds and watching them grow.

And what better way to convince kids that eating vegetables is good for them. Once they've seen what can happen with just a small packet of seeds, they'll be amazed - and wanting to try some of the vegetables they grew themselves.

There's still plenty of time to plant a garden, too. And there's no better family activity, no better way to get everyone out into the fresh air and sunshine to enjoy the summer.

So grab a shovel. Or a hoe. Or a rake.

And garden away!



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