The easiest way to enjoy vegetables that are chemical-free, as fresh as possible and without any packaging is to grow your own. And the only distance they will travel is from your garden to your plate.
Growing your own is much simpler than you might expect.
To get started, all you need is a couple of pots or a patch of soil and you can make a contribution to your family’s five-a-day portions of veg. We’ve picked some of the easiest and most rewarding veg to start off with.
One great root vegetable to include in your garden is the radish. Radish is great in salads and pastas. They don’t take up a lot of space in your garden either. These small, spicy tasting root vegetables are a fair source of vitamin C and iron. It’s their crisp taste, that extra zing they add to salad and a variety of other dishes that make radishes welcome in the kitchen.
The turnip is a hardy, cool-weather biennial grown as an annual. The turnip has a rosette of bright green leaves growing from a swollen, root-like base or tuber.
Turnips are grown as a root vegetable or for their green leaves. Best of all, a new flush of tender leaves will grow after each picking, with plants remaining productive.
Carrots are a popular root vegetable that are easy to grow in sandy soil. Crisp, delicious carrots of unique varieties in spring and fall can lead to great nutritious eating right from your backyard. These are resistant to most pests and diseases.
Not all carrots are orange; varieties vary in color from purple to white.
Coriander is a pretty annual herb with feathery leaves and white umbrella type flowers. The fresh coriander leaf is also used for salads, soups and curries.
Coriander is not very greedy or competitive; the feathery leaves don’t make too much shade, so there is no reason not to have coriander plants growing all through your garden!
Spinach can be grown to produce a crop all year round, making it a useful vegetable to grow. It is a tasty crop that can even be used in salads. Fresh spinach is wonderful with blue cheese or ranch dressing, maybe a little bacon, hard-cooked egg, etc.
It’s also great when fried hot with a little bacon grease, green onion and a vinegar hot pepper sauce.
Edible gourd with cream colored flesh and nutty flavor. Bottle gourd is an important cucurbit vegetable that is probably humankind’s first domesticated vegetable species, providing food, medicine and a lot more.
The bottle gourd is a vigorous, annual, running or climbing vine with large leaves and a lush appearance.
Easy and fast growing warm seasonal climbing annual. Considered one of the most nutritious gourds, the plant has medicinal properties. A compound known as ‘charantin’ present in the bitter gourd is used in the treatment of diabetes to lower blood sugar levels.
The plant also has a rich amount of Vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, phosphorus and carbohydrates.
Garden fresh peas are a revelation! Once you’ve tasted how sweet they really taste, you’ll never want to eat frozen peas again.
Growing pea plants is extremely easy and you can cultivate in a small space. In fact, you can even grow them in containers on the patio for a really space-saving crop. Peas are a cool-season crop.
Amaranth is a leafy vegetable and grain that has been eaten for centuries all over the world. Amaranth leaves are nutritionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are much superior.
For example amaranth leaves contain three times more calcium and three times more niacin (vitamin B3) than in spinach leaves.
Do you know that, the heat in chilies comes from chemicals called Capsinoids? Also, they are of different types and that’s why heat from different chilies is felt in different parts of the mouth.
The cells which contain the capsaicin have a high internal pressure so that when the chili is broken or sliced open they burst, spraying the chemical over the inside of the pod.
Quick to germinate and grow. Tomatoes are the favorite garden vegetable worldwide. Apart from eating the fruit, it’s used as a vegetable in eating and cooking also.
This vine plant is fairly easy to grow and will produce a bumper crop with proper care. Its uses are versatile and can be used in variety of recipes.
Brinjals also referred to as eggplants or aborigines are short-lived perennial vegetables, but are usually cultivated as annuals. Because of the crop’s high yield, only a few plants are needed to feed a family.
Brinjals are low in calories, contain mostly water with some protein, fibers and carbohydrates and no fats. The plant flourishes in hot climates.
A tropical vegetable, cucumbers thrive when the weather is hot and water is plentiful. Most varieties will grow in any amount of space. The most common varieties of slicing cucumbers have sprawling vines with large green leaves and curling tendrils.
The growth of these plants is fast, and the crop yield is abundant if you cared properly.
Spring Cut Bunching Onion
Spring onions are the most pungent tasting of young onions with a bit more bite than green onions. Spring onions can be used raw or cooked. Because raw spring onions are pungent, taste to make sure their flavor does not overpower more delicate flavors.
**Recommended Planters : Colorful Planters :**
Add a splash of colors to indoor or table top plants at home and office with these colorful planters.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil:
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
Buy Decorative Pebbles :
Decorate planters or garden landscapes with these decorative pebbles :
Using pebbles in a garden brings different colours and textures to the garden. Pebbles can also fill up otherwise empty space in the garden, leaving a visual that might be considered more interesting and aesthetic than simple dirt, soil or mulch.