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Gardening is a fun, healthy way activity. It can serve as your daily exercise, food supply and hobby. As you’re getting ready to start your garden, here are six plants you should consider planting.
Who doesn’t love the sweet, summery taste of ripe strawberries? A low, spreading plant, this sturdy perennial favorite grows easily in sunny spots. It produces pretty white flowers that soon turn into scrumptious bright red strawberries.
Tomatoes are a staple of home gardens. Supported by stakes or cages, they grow tall and proud with green leaves that contrast nicely with the orange-red fruit. A delicious addition to salads or sandwiches when fresh, tomatoes can also be canned or frozen if you have a bumper crop.
Whether you prefer the rounder bell peppers or skinny hot peppers like jalapenos or habaneros, peppers are a tasty and colorful addition to any garden. Depending on the variety you chose, peppers will shift from green to vivid yellows, oranges and reds as they ripen. Peppers can be eaten raw, cooked into dishes or frozen.
4 Leaf Lettuce
Do you want the freshest possible lettuce for your salads? Consider adding this fast growing plant to your home garden. Available in an astonishing array of leaf colors, shapes and sizes, lettuce can add a visual pop of healthy color and crisp texture to both your garden beds and your salad bowls.
5 Bee Balm
Bee balm probably isn’t the first plant that comes to a gardener’s mind, but it is a very useful one. It’s rounded flower heads are covered with vividly hued tubular flowers that draw pollinators like bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds. For humans, the plant’s leaves and flowers can be made into tea. Available with flowers in shades of white, pink and red, bee balm is also known as horsemint, wild bergamot and Oswego tea. Use it carefully because it can become invasive in favorable growing conditions.
An easy to grow herb with vibrant, star-shaped blue blooms, borage is often planted in vegetable gardens as a flower. It attracts bees and deters tomato hornworms, so it’s a fantastic companion plant for tomatoes and strawberries. Borage’s leaves and flowers are edible, with a flavor that is similar to cucumber.
If you’re looking to add practical beauty to your home garden, consider incorporating these six plants. You can take online horticulture courses to help get you started. Differences in climate, soil composition and the amount of sun received make every garden unique, so you may have to experiment with different varieties to find what works best for you.