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Great Additions to Your Senior’s Garden for National Fruit and Vegetables Month

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

National Fruit and Vegetables Month takes place in June of each year. This special month is designed to promote healthy diets and encourage people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The people who first founded National Fruit and Vegetables Month wanted to raise awareness about obesity and teach people how to improve their diet. Since they are a great source of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, it is important to get at least four servings of fruits and vegetables each day. To commemorate this month with your elderly loved one, hourly Omaha caregivers can try growing the following delicious fruits and vegetables in their home gardens.

Green Beans

Green beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow because it is almost impossible to kill them. The only thing these beans need is a trellis to support them while they grow. They’re ready to eat in just a month and a half, and green beans flourish best in the dry warm summer months.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes will grow anywhere with enough sunlight and the tomato plants will continue to produce fruit throughout the summer. You can pick off each tomato as it ripens and enjoy homegrown tomatoes for months.

Summer Squash

Just a few plants of summer squash will produce enough squash for an entire family and they mature quickly in the warm weather. Since these prolific plants easily grow in containers, they are ideal for the senior who has limited gardening space.

Melon

Like squash, melons quickly produce a lot of fruit. Though varieties such as honeydew can be a bit difficult to grow, other melons, like watermelons, are very simple and rewarding to grow.

Lettuce

Lettuce will grow in both sunny and shady areas and it is ideal for planting in containers or between other taller crops in a garden. Just be sure to use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to keep the leaves big and tender.

You can promote senior health and wellness by growing some of the fruit and vegetables mentioned above with your loved one. You might also contact Home Care Assistance of Omaha at (402) 763-9140 to learn more about senior wellness from an experienced Care Manager. Our dedicated caregivers help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle choices including nutritious diet and regular exercise to maintain health and longevity. Learn more and schedule a free consultation today.