Growing your own food has many health benefits: It increases your access to fruits and vegetables. Also, food that ripens in the garden is more nutritious than store-bought ones that are most likely picked before they fully ripen. Finally, when you grow your own food, you enjoy it more because of the effort it takes to get to the table.
There are a lot of things you can grow in your home garden. Vegetables for one are a healthy and practical option. Growing a vegetable garden could be just what you need for a healthier, more nourishing diet. If you are going to grow a vegetable garden for the first time, you should consider starting with nutritious everyday vegetables. This would help improve the overall quality of your meals and set you up for a healthier life.
These vegetables contain several vitamins, minerals and medicinal compounds that help you grow healthier and stronger in many ways. In fact, the medicinal properties of onions have been recognized since ancient times, when they were used to treat ailments like headaches, heart disease and mouth sores, etc.
It is recommended to start your onion seeds indoors about 6 weeks before transplanting to your garden. When planting onion seeds, ensure to space them 2 – 6 inches apart, and don’t bury them more than 1 inch under the soil. When planting transplants into the garden, space plants 4 – 5 inches apart in rows 12 – 18 inches apart.
Tomatoes are some of the most popular vegetables planted at home. They are very easy to grow – they’re very productive, have versatile uses, and can be very delicious to eat right off the vine. Everyone prefers fresh tomatoes, and it doesn’t get fresher than tomatoes plucked from your own garden. Tomatoes are also very nutritious, containing high amounts of fibre, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C. They’re also a great source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
If you’re planting your tomatoes with a pot, Place the pot in a sunny spot with 6 to 8 hours of full sun a day. Always keep the soil moist. Pots dry out quicker than actual soil, so check daily and provide extra water during a heat wave. Remember to do your own research before you start your garden.
Red Bell Pepper
Red bell peppers contain potassium, riboflavin, and vitamins A, B6, and C in healthy proportions. Just one cup of red bell peppers pack 317% of recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 93% of the recommended vitamin A. Surely, you don’t need any more reason to add red peppers to your garden vegetables.
All peppers plants, not just a red pepper plant, thrive in warm soil. Grow your red bell peppers in soil that has warmed to about 65 – 75 F. (18-24 C.) as this optimizes the quality of your vegetable. In cooler climates, it’s recommended to heat the soil before you plant your red pepper outside.
Ewedu (jute leaves)
Ewedu is great for weight loss thanks to its low calorific content. It also helps strengthen the immune system, deals with fatigue and heart-related illnesses. Ewedu is traditionally used to attack aches and pains, dysentery, enteritis, fever, dysentery, pectoral pains, and tumors for centuries.
Planting ewedu is very easy but using appropriate measures improves the chances of growing a plentiful and healthy garden. Ewedu needs well-drained loamy soil that’s rich in organic matter. Also note that the vegetable is best planted in beds – a 1m by 5m bed would do.
Green leaves in general contain high amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C. Spinach, in particular, is rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese.
Eating this leafy green veggie boosts eye health, reduces oxidative stress and reduces blood pressure levels among other health functions.
It is recommended to plant spinach in the shade of tall plants like beans, especially in warm climates. This helps protect young crops from harsh sunlight.
Green beans are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They contain many essential vitamins, including folate. One cup of raw green beans contains 33 micrograms (mcg) of folate, almost 10 percent of the daily recommended value. Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects and other birth defects, so you may consider growing some beans if you or someone you care about is expecting.
Green beans are incredibly easy to grow. Hot, cold, and even raw, green beans are also quite versatile in the kitchen and very practical plants for your garden. Like every other vegetable mentioned in this article, do well to read thoroughly before you plant a vegetable.