This can be the most difficult decision when preparing your garden. Some delicious family-favorite vegetables may not grow well in your climate. Before beginning to lay-out your garden, do a little research and figure out what you can and can’t grow successfully. Some or all of the following are healthy and nutritious options:
- Garlic – This superfood has natural antibiotic properties, has been suggested to have anti-cancer properties and is rich in potassium, sulfur, zinc, saponins and phosphorus with moderate levels of vitamin A, C and selenium, and grows well in most soil types. Do a little research to find out which type grows best in your climate.
- Purple Cauliflower – Its color is caused by anthocyanins, the same heart-healthy compounds found in red wine, and this cruciferous vegetable can be grown almost anywhere.
- Spinach – Hands-down one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables, this leafy vegetable should be planted during cooler spring or autumn seasons.
- Kale – Right up there with spinach, this rich, green, leafy vegetable is an amazing source of a multitude of nutrients and is easy to grow from seed in early spring or fall when temperatures are cooler.
Whatever you decide to grow, remember to do a little research first to make sure that your garden is going to be rich and bountiful.
When deciding what to plant in your garden, remember that your children will have more fun helping you choose if there is a theme involved. Some fun themes can include a “Pizza Garden” or a “Salad Garden”.
A pizza garden would include tomatoes and seasoning for the sauce as well as Swiss chard, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and onions for toppings. This theme can include anything that will grow well in your climate and taste good on top of a healthy pizza.
A salad garden can include anything you would like to include in a salad with your lettuce options being your first choice. Arugula, romaine lettuce and baby spinach are great options (remember that iceberg lettuce is really lacking in nutrients so shouldn’t be the base of your salad). Vegetables that will taste great on your salad may include tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, beans, beets and broccoli.
Letting your children help you decide what to plant will have them vested in your garden and looking forward to watching it grow. This is a great opportunity to provide an extra activity outside for the family!