Good Health Choices - - Be Informed - KATE VAN DEN BERGH, SE­NIOR DE­SIGNER

My hus­band Willem and I have just fin­ished build­ing our first home, and the num­ber one thing I wanted to do was to build a vege gar­den. My friends are all keen gar­den­ers and I thought I would give it a go too, de­spite my abil­ity to kill most of my house­plants…

Re­gard­less, we bought some sleep­ers that we could build a raised gar­den bed with and I ex­cit­edly went out to buy lots of seeds. We built the gar­den in a week­end and filled it with a mix of soil and com­post. The next week­end I at­tended a win­ter vege gar­den course for be­gin­ners, which was run by a lo­cal com­mer­cial gar­dener. It was per­fect tim­ing. I was taught how to sow dif­fer­ent seeds; how to pro­tect the seedlings so they could grow over win­ter; what veges would grow at this time of year; and how to keep bugs from eat­ing all your hard work be­fore you do!

Fast-for­ward a cou­ple of months and I have a thriv­ing vege gar­den! It’s been awe­some see­ing how the dif­fer­ent plants grow, and be­ing able to go out to the gar­den and pick some spinach, let­tuce, kale, herbs or veg­eta­bles for that night’s din­ner. It brings a smile to my face and it def­i­nitely makes me want to cook more of­ten, and I ap­pre­ci­ate where my food comes from.

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