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What you need to know before planting your garden

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Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - With spring in full swing, you might be looking to get your thumbs green.

If you're new to gardening, experts say start small and choose plants you enjoy eating, like green beans, tomatoes or peppers. 

Some common mistakes include over or under watering your plants or not giving them enough sunlight. 

While you end up with home-grown healthy food, experts said that's not the only benefit. 

"It's relaxing," said Marshfield Clinic Dietician, Stacy Getten. "It can feed your soul. Just because you get your hands in there, it give you that sense of I did something and I brought something to my table."

"Gardening is proven to lower your blood pressure," said Jacobson's Ace Hardware Greenhouse Manager, Nancy Skelly. "Just the being out in nature that's good for you, getting a little sun exposure, Vitamin D. All of that kind of stuff. It is exercise. It's a hot sweaty sport, so people don't always want to do it, but you're doing something, you will get the benefit from it both physically and mentally."

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