From Garden to Fork - Yummy Reasons to Garden this Spring!

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If you're looking for a spring and summer activity that will provide you with healthy and delicious food all summer long why not try growing your own produce? Here, garden guru Peter Cantley, at Loblaw Companies Limited shares his favourite fruits and veggies that can be grown at home.

Savoury salads – These days, you can grow virtually all the fixin's for your summer salads right in your own backyard. From delicious heirloom Brandywine tomatoes, to refreshing cucumbers, crisp radishes and savoury herbs, the possibilities are endless to make your salads come to life. To give your salad real depth, try a variety of greens like Romaine mixed with Batavian or Butterhead.

Fruits of your labour – Canadian summers provide the perfect climate for growing the freshest fruit your family will ever taste, and it's easier than you think. Small fruit plants like the PC® Pixie Grape Pinot Meunier Hardy Vine can actually grow in a pot! These adorable mini clusters of juicy grapes can be eaten as is or even used in wine. If you're looking for something completely different, try a fig plant which can be left outside over the winter in most areas of Canada– there's nothing like the taste of fresh figs from your own garden!

Berry tasty – You'll never taste fresher berries then the ones you grow right in your own backyard. And what's more, these tasty little plants add the perfect pop of colour to any outdoor space. Try juicy blueberries or succulent strawberries to add to your summer deserts or toss into your favourite salads. Or, try something a little different like plump, juicy Haskap berries from the new PC Haskap 2-in-1 Borealis/Honeybee plant – an exciting new fruit that tastes like a cross between blueberries, raspberries and Saskatoon berries. They're perfect for jam, baking or enjoying by the handful.

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