If you want to begin a new family activity, start your own small garden. Growing your own produce can be a fun and sustainable family tradition, and it also helps on those days when you don’t have time to run to the store for a fresh pepper. Whether produce comes from your local Publix or from your own garden, fresh fruits and veggies lead to delicious meals for the whole family. Here are a few ways to grow your own produce and to get your family involved.

Growing Your Own Produce

Your garden doesn’t have to be large and complex. It can be as simple as a small herb garden grown with fresh herb plants you’ve purchased from our produce department. You can also plant small vegetables like peppers and green onions indoors in items you might have otherwise recycled or thrown away, like egg cartons or yogurt containers.

Getting your kids involved is simple. Try leaving your children in charge of watering the plants as one of their weekly chores or having them crush eggshells after making breakfast in the morning. Since eggshells contain nutrients that help soil and plants, they can be used in your garden as fertilizer. You can also ask your children to help pick seeds out of the produce you intend to grow or start a compost together.

Alt= "Kids picking seeds out of red pepper and adding to a home garden."

Grow Your Own Pineapple

You can also try growing larger produce like pineapples. Follow the steps below:

  • Twist off the top of the pineapple and peel the leaves from the base of the crown until about 2 inches of the crown are exposed.
  • Leave the crown in direct sunlight for about two days.
  • Put the crown, without its leaves, into a jar of clean, warm water. Change the water every other day. Leave for four to six weeks until it begins to root and grow to about 3 inches long.
  • Plant in potting soil. Choose a pot with room for the pineapple to grow.
  • For two months, keep the soil moist —but not too wet — and keep the plant out of direct sunlight. You should start seeing new leaf growth in the middle of the plant.
  • After two months, move the plant into the sunlight and allow it to grow! Your pineapple will need to be planted into larger pots as it grows.

Alt= "Steps to growing pineapple. Peel leaves from crown, place crown in water, replant in pot."

 

 

Jackie J.

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Jackie J. became a Publix associate in 2017 after deciding to take her love of food to the next level. She began working with the Social Media team at that time and she immediately fell in love with life at Publix. In her spare time, she bakes to relax and creates yummy morsels for friends and family to munch on. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her playing with her cat and dog (Nila and Oreo), at a theme park or watching a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

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