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New York Dietician Recommends Starting an Herb Garden

Posted on: April 3, 2013

Grab the Kids and Start a Spring Herb Garden

By Amy Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN Northern Westchester Hospital

Responsibility, patience, and respect for nature are just some of the benefits to children who start gardens. Gardening is a magical way to get outside, exercise, and learn about nutrition. Plus, research shows that children who have gardens are more likely to try new foods and develop healthier lifelong diets.

So even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, start with an herb garden this spring. Rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, herbs help to reduce inflammation. Herbs flavor our cooking without adding salt or sugar. Perfect for salads, marinades, and dips, the possibilities to use herbs are endless!

Easy growing herbs like basil, mint, parsley and thyme are family-friendly and great for cooking.

Here are 4 easy steps to starting your herb garden:

1) Pick up transplant herbs as a family from your local nursery, as well as 6” pots (1 for each herb), potting soil, fertilizer (ideally organic or compost), a small gardening shovel and a watering can.

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