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Revist these spring articles to start your edible garden. 

Written by Erin Meyering


Starting an edible garden is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Growing fresh tomatoes, composting scraps, and learning to work in drought conditions are all things you can do to better your own nourishment, environment, and possibly even lower your stress levels. Regularly tending to a garden can simultaneously help boost creativity, focus, and even overall wellness. According to, "Fresh air is full of oxygen and it provides health to the cells in our bodies. Fresh air can help us feel more energized and even help us sleep better at night. Being outside in the fresh air promotes a sense of well-being and good mental focus."

In addition to providing us relaxation and rejuvenation, gardening provides us food! What's better than needing a single sprig of cilantro for a recipe and walking out to your herb garden to retrieve it? Or those cucumber ends you never use? How about composting them (along with egg shells and other scraps you may normally throw away) to create soil rich in microorganisms? This is a must for healthy soil and, eventually, good growth in your garden.

Whether you’re an edible garden novice or expert, growing everything from mint to peppers, you’re sure to find several tips and tricks to help you along. 

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Illustration by Reed Dewinter 


Check out some of our past edible garden stories: 

• SEEDS OF CHANGE – Go organic in your backyard garden this year.

• SMALL BUT MIGHTY – Technique allows gardeners to grow more food in less space.

• COMPOSTER'S WISH LIST – Local experts recommend these helpful tools.

• WASTE WARS – Who owns businesses' food byproducts?

• BLACK GOLD – Compost provides key nutrients for healthy gardening soil.

• FLAVOR SAVIORS – Mastering herb gardening at home.

• LIVING WITH DROUGHT – Reno-Tahoe farmers and gardeners learn to adapt with less water.

• PERMACULTURE WAY – Mastering design and creating community through holistic gardening.

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Illustration by Stephanie Cameron