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HGTV’s Paul James “The Gardener Guy” on growing edible plants

Home and Garden Television’s Paul James “The Gardener Guy”  has helped gardening enthusiasts across the country transform their yards from drab to fab.  He stopped by the FOX 4 Morning Show on Tuesday to show folks who are interested in gardening how to begin by growing plants they can eat.

Gardening at home is now more popular that ever.  If you want to get started in gardening, James says to start with plants that you want to eat.  Then you can move up to ornamental gardening, trees, shrubs, flowers, basically taking that knowledge to everything that grows.

If you’re thinking about getting started in gardening and you need to grow a little confidence, start by growing the culinary herbs James said.  Edible gardening is growing any combination of fruits, vegetables or herbs intended for consumption.  It’s all the rage right now for a variety of reasons.  People are concerned about how their food is grown and where it comes from.  Home-grown produce has more nutrient value and far less of a carbon footprint than buying purchased produce.  It has exercise benefits because it’s often physically demanding and a good way to stay active.

James is hosting an event at Powell Gardens, Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.  He’s in town to promote the importance of National Public Gardens Day.  You can come and meet James  at the event and ask him any question you have about gardening.

Some tips for this year:

  • First decide what you want to grow
  • Next, determine the ideal location based on their sun needs.  Tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and peppers, for instance, require more sun than leafy veggies, potatoes and carrots.
  • Pick a plot of soul that’s free of clay or stones and nice and fluffy. You can test it by running some water through it with a hose to see how it absorbs.
  • If the weather conditions are dry this summer, be sure to water your garden area and keep it free of weeds.
  • For urban gardeners, fresh herbs are the ideal choice because they can be grown in patio containers and the harvest lasts for six months, so you get a great return for the effort.
  • Before you know it, your summer edibles will be in full bloom!

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