Summer could see the start of a happier and healthier nation

3As winter draws to a close, the clocks go forwards and the nights get lighter people’s minds will start to turn towards getting their gardens ready for summer. Whether or not you like to spend as much time out there as you can or you’d prefer to be out and about, your garden could benefit you more than you think this summer.

A study conducted by the University of Otago and published in the British Journal of Health Psychology showed that eating more fruit and vegetables made people – specifically the younger members of the adult population – much happier, calmer and more energetic.

A lot of people already have vegetable plots in their gardens but there aren’t many people who use them to their full advantage. If you want to make real use of your vegetable plot this year or it’s the first time you’ve done it then you need to know which fruits and vegetables you can plant when;

  • In March you should plant either broad bean seeds or plants, onions, peas and spinach or cabbage. You can also plant potatoes too but you should make sure you wait until the end of the month and always cover them with soil so that there’s no danger of them being damaged by late frosts.
  • As soon as April comes along you should sow your carrots, parsnips, lettuce and beetroot. Strawberry plants can also be planted around April time but you can leave them as late as June so with strawberries it’s really up to you.
  • Plants such as tomatoes and peppers require high soil temperatures so you should avoid planting until the onset of summer in mid-May.

If you are going to make the most of the summer and make yourself feel happier and healthier at the same time then it’s essential that you start your vegetable plot off with the right top soil. offer a huge variety of high quality top soil, compost and bark that will make your entire garden bloom throughout the summer.

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