Growing An Immunity Garden – Getting health benefits from your own back garden has never been so important! In fact, the importance of wellbeing and a healthy immune system will be on the top of the list for most people this year, whether they are beginner gardeners or experienced ones!
Through growing a crop of flavourful, nutrient-rich vegetables that strengthen your immune system and add vibrant hues to your outdoor area is good for the body and the soul! By adding more colours on your plate, the better off you’ll be.
Planting a garden full of vibrant vegetables fosters a diverse diet loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that support your immune system, while a dazzling medley of squash, radishes and tomatoes adds appetizing eye candy to your garden and your salad bowl!
The colours of your vegetables reflect the different phytonutrients and antioxidants inside. That’s why multi-hued meals give you more health benefits and disease-fighting power than monochromatic ones.
Try growing the following nutrient-rich vegetables selected by Burpee Europe experts, to colour your 2021 diet.
RED – Tomatoes Tomatoes get their ruby-red hue from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that promotes heart health by helping to improve cholesterol levels. Lycopene may also reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers. Stretch out your tomato season by planting one or more varieties at different times, early, middle or late summer.
ORANGE – Squash The sweet orange flesh of winter squash is rich in vitamin C, which aids the immune function. By enhancing iron absorption, Vitamin C also helps energize the body and fight fatigue. Squash plants have a shallow root system, so use mulches to help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
YELLOW – Pepper Crispy yellow peppers are packed with vitamins, including brain-boosters B6 and B9 (also known as folate). B vitamins support memory function and may help ward off depression. Pepper plants require steady watering, but they won’t tolerate waterlogged roots. Add organic matter to the soil when planting to regulate soil moisture.
GREEN – Broccoli Tree-like broccoli is full of fibre, which is critical for good digestive health and bowel function. Its fibre and antioxidants also aid in controlling blood sugar levels. Pick broccoli when the heads have tight, firm buds. This happens about 50-60 days after transplant.
PURPLE – Radishes Anthocyanins give radishes their elegant colours, and they also have cancer-fighting properties. The natural pigments have been shown to prevent and curb cancer cell growth. Sow radishes in midsummer for late fall and winter use. They can grow large with several inches of root showing above ground.