Spring is a magical time of year – the snow melts away, the sun shows its face for longer periods, and flowers start to bloom. For many people, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about gardening! That’s why the WVU Family Nutrition Garden Program is so excited to get our green thumbs growing!
This past month our garden program participants learned all about how to prepare their gardens for the growing season. Evan Wilson, WVU Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent spoke on Garden Planning. Starting with a soil sample – a crucial step to ensure a bountiful harvest later in the year.
One of the most exciting aspects of our meetings each month is the sense of community that is encouraged. Participants share tips with each other, ask questions, and offer support throughout the growing season. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a newcomer to the world of horticulture, you’re sure to find a friendly and welcoming community within our group. Last month’s meeting incentives were distributed and eagerly accepted by each participant. We look forward to working with each participant as the year goes by and watching all those beautiful seeds grow in their gardens.
Aside from the many benefits of participating in a community garden program, gardening itself offers a wealth of benefits. Not only is it an excellent stress-reliever and source of physical exercise, but it also provides access to fresh, healthy produce for you and your family. And let’s not forget the sheer pleasure of being surrounded by beautiful, blooming plants!
So, we are ready to get our hands dirty and start cultivating our own piece of paradise in West Virginia, and we hope you all are ready to do the same for a fabulous growing season! Your garden – and your mental and physical well-being – will thank you for it!