If you normally find broccoli, summer squash, or zucchini purchased in the supermarket too bland for your taste buds, try growing them for yourself. When they’re as local as your backyard, they’ll be fresh, organic, and flavorful. Further, kale plants will keep producing all season long, even after a few hard frosts—great for several healthy side dishes. And hot pepper plants, like Jalapeños, can be brought indoors to beautify your home for the winter, and then put back out to fruit the following summer.
Finally, growing your own veggies, you’ll often be pleasantly surprised by what you find. This harvest yielded conjoined summer squash—two for the growth of one!
*Warning: one summer squash or zucchini plant is enough for one family. You will receive so much healthy fruit from a single plant that you’ll have to get creative with what you do with them. Try using them up in soups that you can freeze or can.
(Contributed by our brand spankin new trainer, Kenny Darling)
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
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