Great year for gardening in Missouri

Tim Tinnin says the weather has been perfect for his Mid-Missouri garden this year. (Elizabeth Hoffman KRCG).

Summer has officially arrived in Missouri, and gardens are beginning to provide fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and potatoes to name a few are often found in Missouri gardens.

Tim Tinnin has been gardening for five years. Thanks to the heat, he said his garden has produced many vegetables earlier than normal this year.

"I guess it's the perfect storm because it got hot quick and we got some good rain and I'm getting cucumbers now probably a month earlier than what I'm used to," he said. "I've already got a lot of pickles done up and getting ready to do some more. I've got a ton of tomatoes that are green, and as soon as they turn it's salsa time."

To him, eating fruits and vegetables he grew himself is very fulfilling.

"There's a certain satisfaction, growing your own and knowing it's the freshest and there's nothing like a home-grown tomato or home-grown green beans," he said. "You can't beat that."

According to the University of Missouri, gardens not only promote a varied and nutritious diet, but gardeners benefit from the exercise, fresh air, and enjoyment.

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