Superfoods are packed with nutrients that can help to reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness. They’re easy to grow in your own garden, too, so a little investment can shave a lot off
Superfoods are packed with nutrients that can help to reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness. They’re easy to grow in your own garden, too, so a little investment can shave a lot off your grocery bill. Here are seven of the best and easiest to grow…
Kale is full to the brim with amazing nutrients including iron, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. It is easy to grow in your garden and is one of the hardiest winter vegetables. Plant your seeds in a pot – around 1/2 an inch will do – or in the garden when it’s cool. Kale likes sunshine during the cooler months, but find some shade when it gets hotter. Kale experts suggest that it tastes better after a light frost.
Tomatoes are jam-packed with lycopene, B vitamins, vitamins A and E, potassium and manganese. You can grow them outside from seed. Use a good compost and plant around 6-8 weeks before the last frosts of March and April. You can even grow them through the winter. Just set up some grow lights indoors and you will get much better results than just keeping them on your windowsill.
Blueberries are an amazing food that comes with major health benefits. They are stuffed full of vitamin K, vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants. In general, fruits are very easy to grow, and a few extra trees and some space in your flower beds will help save you a lot of money over time.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins C, A and K. It also contains calcium, fibre, folate and a good range of anti-oxidants. A 2012 study found evidence that eating broccoli could help reduce cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. It’s an easy grower, too. Plant your broccoli some time between May and August, or sow the seed between February and July for the best results.
Carrots are an easy veg to grow, so perfect for anyone new to gardening their own. Sow them anytime between February and July. Carrots have a lot of vitamin A in them, so they are great for the skin and the eyes. They also contain carotene, which helps give men and women a yellow glow that could make them look healthy and more attractive. So: growing your own could make you healthier, richer, and better looking. What’s not to love?
There is some evidence that suggests that beetroot can help lower blood pressure. It is packed with iron, folate, nitrates, magnesium, betaine and lots of other antioxidants. Sow beetroot anytime between February and July.
If you thought that cabbage was a dull vegetable, think again. Cabbages have a huge range of nutrients, including fiber, anthocyanins, and glucosinolates. They are thought to help lower cholesterol, boost your brain function, and even reduce inflammation. Cabbages are simple to grow, too. Just plant them between May and August and they will be on your dinner plate in no time.