Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Backyard Gardening with Holly Baird

People are often put off by the sticker shock of organic foods. That bag of conventionally grown potatoes is easily half the price of the organic one. What can a financially responsible person do to reap the benefits of naturally grown foods? The solution is easier than you think…  stop shopping at the grocery store, and start digging in your backyard.

My guest today can guide us in this backyard money-saving and health-gaining adventure. Holly Baird and her husband Joey are founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, a resource to help the average gardener to use what they already have to create a simple, self-sufficient life at home.

Holly and I go through some basics of starting a veggie garden in your yard. We touch on the tools you’ll need, to picking your favorite veggies, to where to plant, to checking the soil, to watering… and a few tips to preserve the fruits of your labors and to repurpose household items for use in your garden.

Plus – this just in… in case you need more reasons to dig in the dirt… Soil bacteria are like ancestral happy pills.

Look outside, it’s time to start! Check your local extension office for planting schedules and soil information… you can do this!

Holly’s Bio:

Holly Baird and her husband Joey are founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener (thewisconsinvegetablegardener.com), a resource to help the average gardener to use what they already have to create a simple, self-sufficient life at home. They garden inside their home and in their backyard in Milwaukee area, and produce weekly online videos about how to grow your own food organically, what to do with the food that you grow, and how to reuse everyday items. They also write for a number of newspapers and maintain a quarterly digital magazine.