Healthy Gardens For A Healthy Diet


When you are preparing a new vegetable garden, you may be thinking about which foods will be most useful to you. There is a possibility you are also thinking about fruit or nuts in your garden too. You can find much information about all earth flora with help but, one of the biggest challenges for most of us is to maximise space and maximise our output, especially if you are expecting to sell your surplus crops. When you are designing your garden for growing, it may be worth listing exactly what it is you need to grow. A balanced diet is important, but you may want to grow seasonally as well. We give you the top five fruit and vegetables to grow this year:

Potatoes, like Desiree or Sweet Potatoes, are a staple of the British diet. They also pack a punch for your vitamin C intake. They are also very good for vitamin B6 and provide a good level of carbohydrate. There is a lot more to the humble potato than you may think, so try to allocate some good land to these little fellas. They don’t need too much looking after, and some varieties can even be grown in tubs.

Broccoli provides very well for your vitamin A, C and K requirements. A handy green to grow but consider making a scarecrow if you live in an area populated by pigeons. This vegetable is also said to have anti-cancer properties and has been considered a super-food. It looks good on the side of most dishes and provides a wonderful texture as a side veg to any meal.

Strawberries are one of the easiest fruit berries to grow and needn’t take any space. They can grow well in hanging baskets or even small pots. These sweet fruits make a wonderful alternative to chocolate or sweets so may help you avoid those temptations. Fresh from the garden, strawberries are juicy and make a wonderful accompaniment to most other fruits. Eat them alone or with a splash of cream for a treat. Strawberry plants can be bought maintenance free. They are a great provider of Vitamin C and Manganese.

Soya beans are not too tricky to grow and can be preserved easily too. These are high in protein and can be used in a variety of dishes as an alternative to meat. A number of recipes call for these to be dried which can be done without losing much in the way of nutritional value. As well as the protein content, there are other nutritional benefits too. They are filling and can supplement many meals well. To avoid digestive discomfort, they need to be cooked well and avoid additional flavors or vegetables that may exacerbate the problem.

While you would need to eat a substantial amount of it to benefit, garlic packs a punch nutritionally that would really surprise you. As well as vitamin C, it is rich in calcium and protein too. It even provides iron, zinc and vitamin B6. The best thing about garlic is its ability to transform the flavors of even the dullest dishes. A small, robust, must-have for your garden.