ust the other day I was reading an interview of Diana Jiang, a candidate running for Irvine city council elections 2020. She expressed the importance of nutrition today and how people have finally realized that it is essential to be fit and healthy. She was happy that people have started learning new skills and have incorporated health and wellness into their lifestyles. There is a lot that a pandemic can teach you. For me honestly, the lockdown was the first time I had so much time on my hands. I taught my kid gardening and now he just loves it. I am really glad that I got to spend so much time with them and now we both share the love of gardening. It’s truly amazing.
When I first started teaching him gardening, I honestly thought he would not care for it. But gardening is really relaxing and he was instantly drawn into it. I then came to the realization that there are a lot of people who could also use this time to learn and fall in love with gardening. If you are new to this or wanted to give it a try, I have some vegetables that you can grow in your garden without much hassle. Trust me a perfectly juicy, ripe tomato that is warmed by the sun, sweet carrots pulled from the garden just seconds before eating them will make all your gardening efforts worth it. Gardening is an experience. Growing your own vegetables is something that balances indulgence and practicality. To motivate you some more, it is much healthier to grow your own food right but of course, only the vegetables that require minimal efforts. So, let’s go.
It has the reputation of being one of the most nutritious vegetables. That is true. It is high in iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B6, A, and C. Fun fact – Do you know that only a cup of broccoli florets can provide a person about 130% of their daily vitamin C requirement. Crazy!
Growing broccoli is a piece of cake. You can grow it in containers but remember to grow only one plant per pot. Also, make sure these pots are at least 15 inches deep. Gardening is not just sowing your plant but also a large part of it involves taking care of it. One thing you need to watch out for is the cabbage worm. Those beautiful butterflies on your broccoli is a sign that there are worms on your plants. To avoid this situation, cover the plants with lightweight bed sheets.
Green beans may seem like a great addition to your beautiful garden but actually it is the dried beans that provide the real nutrition value. They are generally high in fiber, phosphorus, manganese, and iron. They are really very good for health.
If you are looking to grow in containers, bush beans are the ones you need to go for. Plant them at least five inches apart in a container that is about 14 inches deep. It is important that you harvest at the right time. I am not scaring you off, they are really easy to grow but you still need to take care of it. You know it is the right time of harvest the dry beans when the pods have completely dried. The pods must be brown and you must fell the hard beans inside. Shell these and let them sit out for a few days. This will dry them up and then you can store them in a dry, cool, and dark place.
Ahh! You would love growing this beautiful red vegetable. Fresh, homegrown tomatoes were actually the reason why I started gardening in the first place. As I told you before, there is nothing in comparison to that feeling of a ripe tomato in your basket sitting all warmed up from the sun. It gives you a sense of relaxation like nothing else. They are incredibly healthy as well. They pack plenty of magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber, and vitamins C, B6, and A.
Growing tomatoes is again quite easy. The size of the container varies depending on which variety you are growing. For indeterminate variety, you need the container to be about 19 inches deep while for determinate 13-14 inches would be enough. Remember only one tomato per pot. Like the cabbage worm, in the case of tomatoes, you must watch out for the tomato hornworm. In many parts of the country, there is also a problem with blight. So, watch out for that as well.