The health pandemic that we are facing today lingered longer than we thought. Our frontliners are trying their best to win the battle against COVID-19. One of the best ways we can help them is to stay at home not only to keep ourselves safe but to lessen the spread of the virus. However, this also means that we won’t be able to have the luxury of time to go out and buy our daily necessities such as food and vegetables.
Remember that garden you have forgotten in your backyard? Grab some tools because now is the time to start activating those green thumbs because there is nothing fresher than a homegrown vegetable to cook for your meals. Growing your own vegetables can also balance your indulgence and practicality. And with your own garden, you can easily pick a tomato and leafy greens right outside your door to fix yourself a salad
To get you started, here are some the most recommended vegetables that you can easily grow on your backyard:
#1 Beans (kidney beans, great northern beans, navy beans)
If you are looking for vegetables that have real nutritional value, these dried beans are rich in iron, fiber, phosphorus, and manganese. Keep in mind, though, that you need to harvest these vegetables at the right time. You will know when its time to harvest it when the pod has completely dried on the vine and is showing a light brown color.
These vegetables are the sweetest when they are freshly harvested from your garden. It contains nutrients like fiber, manganese, potassium, niacin, and vitamin as well, such as vitamins A, B6, and C. Harvest your carrots at the right size. Know that carrots are that tastiest when you harvest them smaller than usual. Make sure to keep the soil moist to ensure that you will harvest tasty carrots or you’ll end up having bitter, fibrous ones instead.
#3 Leafy greens (kale, spinach, turnip, collards)
Leafy vegetables could be one of your first choices to grow in your garden. If you did, you made the right choice because these leafy greens are incredibly good for your health. They contain high amounts of iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, B6, and C. These leafy greens are to be grown in cold weather, so watch out for heat and cabbage worms because they will surely get a taste of your greens before you do.
Freshly homegrown tomatoes are one of the best garden harvests you can have on your plate. These vegetables are the reason why gardeners start to grow them inside the garden as well. Tomatoes contain lots of health benefits, not to mention the rich fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, and magnesium it contains. You only need to watch out for hornworms though because these large caterpillars can become a problem if you don’t notice it at all.
#5 Red Bell Peppers
These beaming red bell peppers are incredibly rich in potassium, and vitamins A, B6, and C. When you grow these bell peppers on your garden watch out for its common insects such as aphids and flea beetles. Make sure to keep them away from your veggies by having insecticidal soap or a pest spray ready.
That is it! Those are our most recommended vegetables that you can grow in your backyard. Make the most out of your free time at home and start a garden that is not only a good investment for your health but your budget as well.