Vegetable Gardening Tip Sheet from MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program

The MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program looks at Gardening this month.  A well-tendered garden can help lead to personal growth in several of the seven dimensions of wellness.  Beyond the obvious physical and emotional benefits that a garden can bring, a good-sized, well-kept garden can supplement your dinner table and help lower your grocery bill.  A good garden requires proper planning,  consistent maintenance and plenty of sunshine and water.  There are a lot of resources out there to help you including the internet or your local library.  We hope these tips will help you get started in the right direction.

PLAN YOUR GARDEN ON PAPER

  • Start small (10’x20′) and expand with more experience
  • Plant tall crops on the north side
  • Draw a map including location of each crop, adequate spacing and planting dates
  • Choose crops your family likes to eat

WHERE TO PUT YOUR GARDEN

  • Convenient to your home and close to a water source
  • Where the soil is good and free from toxins
  • A sunny, level spot with six to eight hours of sunlight
  • Stay away from trees and shrubs
  • Avoid north-facing slopes and low areas

BUILD YOUR GARDEN SOIL

  • Add organic material every year
  • Test your soil for pH and nutrient levels
  • Use appropriate amount and type of fertilizer
  • Prepare your garden soil for planting and avoid compacting it

PLANT YOUR GARDEN

  • Buy and plant seeds and transplants according to your plan
  • Harden off your transplants
  • Plant when the soil is warm enough for your crops
  • Use mulch and row covers, if necessary

KEEP YOUR PLANTS GROWING

  • Thin plants to increase harvest
  • Keep the garden weeded and manage pest problems
  • Add nutrients and in the summer, when needed
  • Water when the soil is dry

HARVEST CROPS

  • Check your garden often
  • Harvest crops at their peak flavor and nutrition level
  • Use as soon as possible

The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone. This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial. Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health. With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit. In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.

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