Start a Garden!

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own garden, now is the perfect year! More and more people want to know what’s in their food, where it’s coming from, and how it was produced. What better way to know all the answers then by having your own garden and walking outside every day to harvest the most nutritious and fresh fruits and vegetables you can possibly get your hands on!

This is the week to start spring veggies! That means onions, leeks, lettuces, collards, spinach, kale, carrots, peas, beets, radishes, turnips. This time of year is mostly greens, lettuces, and root vegetables, but they’re easy, good for you and save you money. You can also start tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers and any other summer vegetables you’re dying to try to grow. These will just have to stay inside or in a green house to control their temperature since they don’t like the cold and also we’re not out of frost danger yet. It may seem like a lot of work and sometimes can be but the rewards are well worth it.

There’s nothing better than watching all your hard work pay off and know that what you’re growing is good for you and your family. My favorite thing is walking out to my garden and plucking off a vine ripened tomato, still warm from the day’s sun. Slicing it open as its sweet juices pour out and tossing it with some fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper for summer’s perfect dish, “Caprese Salad.” Yum! I’m drooling just thinking about this. I think my family eats this almost every night during the summer months!

This weeks weather is supposed to be in the high 60’s and low 70’s its the perfect time to get outside start your garden beds or sit out side to start your seedlings or even if you’re short on time you can get Violas and Pansies and add some color to your yard or garden to perk things up from the winter! It’s the perfect way to get some sunshine, fresh air, and little bit of exercise if you’re digging and raking. 🙂 Just start with a plan, think about what you’d like to grow this year and find a place in your yard that gives you 8-12 hours of sunlight.

I plan to start my seeds tomorrow. I’ve had my garden for 7 years now so I keep trying new and exciting vegetables and fruits. Check back, I’ll start posting pictures and posting gardening advice as the season progresses. Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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