- Creating a vegetable garden is entirely feasible, regardless of whether you have a green thumb or not.
- There are the six best types of vegetables that offer a powerful health punch.
- Learn how to grow each one.
Why grow a garden?
Eating multiple servings of vegetables daily is a priority for healthy eating. But instead of running to the supermarket or local farm, or waiting for your online delivery, you can grow your own products at home. Creating a vegetable garden in your own garden (or even in window boxes if you don't have a garden) is entirely feasible, regardless of whether you have a green thumb or not.
Since May 19th is World Vegetable Garden Day, we thought this would be a good time for everyone to get their hands a little dirty. After all, the weather is nice and warm and maintaining a vegetable garden is a good excuse to spend more time outdoors. You will also be amazed in the near future as the tiny seeds you have cared for grow into plants that carry a range of delicious, nutritious vegetables.
Here are six good starter suggestions for the vegetables that are the easiest to succeed as a gardening novice and that also offer a powerful, healthy health punch:
One sure thing for inexperienced gardeners: just buy paprika seeds in a nursery and plant them in a very sunny place. Place each plant about 4 to 6 inches apart and water them regularly. The peppers should be ready for harvest in about 60 to 80 days when they have taken on the color you have chosen (e.g. red peppers have turned red). Paprika is a wonderful source of vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, as well as potassium and riboflavin.
Plant your seedlings about three inches apart, but be ready to pull some of the grapes if they overfill each other. Choose a place with full sun or partial shade for optimal growth and water them regularly. It can take 60 to 80 days for your carrots to finish harvesting, and you know exactly when to uproot one because the top is full and green. Simply pull a carrot to make sure it looks full size and collect your harvest in this case. They benefit from the fiber, potassium, manganese, niacin and vitamins A, B6 and C, which they offer in addition to the carotenoids, which have been shown to offer some protection against age-related macular degeneration and the resulting loss of vision.
Cucumber seedlings need plenty of sunlight to thrive. So choose your planting site well and set it up about 30 cm apart. Setting up a trellis has room for the vines to branch, but it is not necessary to successfully grow your cucumbers. With regular watering, your harvest should be ready in about 50 to 65 days. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, magnesium and antioxidants to fight free radicals.
Choose a variety of green beans that grow in a bush, unless you want to put up a grate to make room for a vine. Beans require a lot of sunlight and regular watering and should be planted at a distance of about 15 cm. If you see signs of shrinkage in the plants, they are not getting enough water. You should get a nice crop of green beans in about two months, which are an excellent source of iron, zinc, fiber, potassium, and folic acid, and even contain some protein.
Spinach grows well in full sun or in a slightly shaded area about 20 cm apart. Your plants are ready to harvest and put on the table in about 40 to 50 days. Spinach is rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid. It is also one of the best sources of lutein / zeaxanthin and has been shown to promote eye health, reduce the risk of cataracts and prevent glaucoma.
Choose the tomato variety that you like best and buy some seedlings in a kindergarten. Plant them in a very sunny place and place them at least 18 inches apart. Water the plants regularly and when the tomatoes take on their reddish color and reach their typical size, they will be ready to collect and enjoy in about two to three months. Tomatoes are full of iron, magnesium, fiber, potassium, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and lycopene. And tomatoes can make it easier for you to breathe, as they have been shown to fight age-related lung damage.
The quality and taste of local vegetables are fabulous. If you find that it's really not difficult, you want to expand your garden every year.