What are some of the most popular landscaping and gardening trends of 2014? Americans are becoming increasingly aware of their health — and the impact of nutritious choices and a healthy diet. Unfortunately, most foods sold in stores are heavily processed — with chemicals and excessively large amounts of added sugar. There is a better way, however. Americans can grow their own fruits and vegetables, and they can do it relatively inexpensively, too. Here’s how:
Be Proud of Your Green Thumb
One of the best ways to make sure that you — and your family — is eating healthy is to grow your own produce. That way, you will be able to ensure fruits and veggies are grown without chemicals and pesticides (and you’re likely to save a considerable amount of money, too!). Prepare meals using fresh ingredients from your garden, or pick up the smoothie/juice cleanse trend for less using homegrown fruits and veggies. Use as many fresh ingredients and proteins as possible — and avoid packaged foods — to keep sugar, sodium, calories, and fat low.
Save Water and Fertilizers For the Plants That Need It
Edible plants and shrubs may require a little extra attention. Reserve water — and your time — for the plants that really need it. Instead of continually mowing and water your lawn, consider planting wildflowers and other plants that require less attention. “Several folks are turning over their grass patches for drought-tolerant flowers in an attempt to minimize water and eliminate fertilizing,” Better Homes and Gardens reports.
Choose New, Dwarf Plants For Small And/or Unconventional Spaces
Are you working with limited space? Maybe you do not have the best fertilizer or soil? It’s okay! Local garden centers all over the U.S. are giving consumers a growing number of options by helping them grow edible plants wherever they can — even in relatively compact garden planters! Thanks to dwarf plants, renters and homeowners can grow blueberries (and other fruits and vegetables) in portable planters or pots.
Get healthy, and save money while doing it, too. Use fresh ingredients for meals and smoothies whenever possible, plant wildflowers to save water, and team up with garden centers for dwarf plants and smaller — or more compact — gardens.