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Backyard gardening: grow your own food, improve your health

June 29, 2012

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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August 24, 2012

Growing your own food isn’t rocket science. “Growing food is very simple,” says Kathleen Frith, managing director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHGE) at Harvard Medical School. “It takes a little time, but things like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers — basic kitchen crops — are very forgiving. Really, anyone can learn to grow food pretty easily.” i agree with tihs.

August 22, 2012

backyard gardening is my hobby, it’s healthy activity and healthy food, good article.

August 21, 2012

I have a little garden at my home’s backyard and i have grown so many veg. this is awesome when we pluck veg from our own garden and cook them…

Bill Worley
August 19, 2012

Good post!! Thanks Heidi.
Gardening offers many opportunities to improve one’s life by providing outdoor exercise, and excellent nutrition with home-grown fruits and vegetables.
By the way, I am seeking monthly list of gardening tips and “to dos” that are appropriate for that time of year including what to plan, plant, prune, maintain, plus weed and pest control and fun projects. Any help will be highly appreciated!
Bill Worley

Paul F Davis
August 13, 2012

Thank you for your commitment to improve public health and help us become more knowledgeable.

August 10, 2012

Polyunsaturated fats are the good guys; these fats help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Yes, you will lose weight after a while, but the body starts to slow down in order to conserve calories. Start your lunch or dinner with a salad or vegetable soup and then protein followed by carbohydrate. To prevent stress and what it can do to your diet, try exercising every day. The question is not whether it is realizable because I know it is quite achievable but, how safe and healthy is the program? You can loose all that weight in a glance today but the danger is that you can gain it back and even more weight later.

August 7, 2012

i have a raised bed garden and this year was the first in many years now for an amazing tomato harvest. One thing to consider if you have to use pots though….I tried for a couple of years to grow the tomato’s in 15 gallon plastic containers that I’d saved from some trees i purchased. No matter the soil or water provided the plants always wound up very anemic. Turns out the black containers were raising the temperature too much for the tomato’s sensitive root system….so something to think about.
One more thing i find in growing my own is that I find the hand watering a very calming therapuetic time in my morning!

August 3, 2012

This is an important consideration for those of us who love to read about a variety of topics! Thank you for the information.
August 3, 2012

Growing your own vegetables at your backyard definitely is a practical thing to do but also healthy.

August 1, 2012

Kratom comes from the Kratom tree. It’s leaves have been used by indigenous cultures around the world for thousands of years. It has been used for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual purposes. Kratom is found native to Southeast Asia in the floristic regions of Indochina and Malaysia. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a leaf harvested from the Rubiaceae tree family.

July 28, 2012

I always like the idea of backyard gardening:) Not only you got a chance to grow your own foods, but also spending quality time with your children right at the backard!

Dr Chloe Lenon

July 23, 2012

Grow your own food without adding chemical agents, is more healthy.Thanks for the information.

Nutrition Principles
July 20, 2012

We’ve been growing a garden for years, but recently we haven’t had the space and we’ve seen a huge different in the taste of our food. There’s nothing like home grown food from your own garden!

July 13, 2012

I love it, I also started mine in January 2012, it was small but its growing Spinach, peppers, tomatooes,kale. I yet to try pumpkin and potatoes

July 10, 2012

Growing your own vegetables at your backyard definitely is a practical thing to do but also healthy. There have been a lot of buzz going on about organic foods because it has no fertilizer in it. This is the same way the First Lady is doing. I think everybody should emulate her for doing this. 🙂


T. Renault
July 9, 2012

My father was always the gardener in my family. Myself personally have always had a hard time getting things to grow . With that said I, will consider some of the tips in this post and try again.

Thanks for the information.

July 7, 2012

This is an important consideration for those of us who love to read about a variety of topics! Thank you for the information.

July 6, 2012

its a grt infomration and vegetables which grown in backyard are 100% orgain and no chemicals are use to grown and it very heatly than other types of grown vegetable

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