Grow Baby Grow

by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy Foundation

With the blossoming of spring, it’s time to get our gardens growing. The traditional outdoor planting schedule in the Quad Cities usually falls around Mother’s Day. (Mother Nature). 

The theory is that overnight temperatures should not go below freezing from this time until late September or early October — our outdoor growing season.

I am proud to have started the Prescott Food Forest, a gardening education and training program located at B Organic Farm in Chino Valley. We host our Gardeners Of Destiny courses every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and welcome volunteers to help tend the garden.

It’s our mission to teach anyone who wants to learn how to grow food all aspects of the growing cycle. I call it the full eco system of gardening.

Planning, planting, replanting, growing, harvesting, eating, cooking and preserving all that you grow, is the key to maximizing your efforts and success. 

Whether you have the space and facilities to grow fruit and vegetables on your own property is the first decision you should consider. The next question is what type of gardening is best suited to your space, budget and expectations.

Gardening methods 

  • In-ground beds
  • Raised beds
  • Container gardens 
  • Aeroponic and hydroponic systems 

It really doesn’t matter which method you use as long as you are able to grow food.  

Next, select the fruits and/or vegetables you and your family enjoy eating. This makes the effort more rewarding. The most popular fruits and vegetables include lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, beans, zucchini and peas.

The old saying “You are what you eat” is true. When you feed and fuel your body with nutrient dense, healthy, locally grown, non-GMO food, you will feel vibrant, alive and full of energy.

That’s a good reason to Grow Baby Grow! So Let’s Get Growing! It’s very fulfilling.