Apr 03, 2015 1:00 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

If you’re planning a garden this year, it’s time to start planting. “People who grow fresh produce tend to eat more of it—and fewer processed foods,” says Susan Terry, MD, an internal medicine physician at University of Utah Health. “Fruits and veggies offer a variety of health benefits, such as reducing risk for some cancers, heart disease and stroke.” 

Another bonus: Gardening burns 200–400 calories per hour and will help you reach the recommended 150 minutes of exercise weekly. Here are some tips to get the most out of your garden, plus a few precautions before you dig in.

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