Instead of setting up a swimming pool or a Zen garden in your backyard, why not plant vegetables instead? Vegetable garden planting is a great way to spend quiet time de-stressing while getting in touch with nature. Having a steady supply of vegetables will also lessen food expenses and improve the health of your loved ones.
It’s not easy to ignore the soaring prices of food these days, especially vegetables and herbs. Although your backyard may be small and your garden may not provide all that you need, it will have a dramatic effect in reducing your overall food bill. Imagine not having to run to the grocery store to buy some of the ingredients for everyday cooking. Some of the most common vegetables and herbs that you need are already right there in your very own backyard. Depending upon the kind of vegetables and herbs you plant and your methods of preserving them, the economical benefits you get from your backyard garden will be felt all year round.
You may also think that your kids will eat less each time you serve them vegetables. It is obvious that kids would prefer to eat burgers, hotdogs and pizza. However, there are several cookbooks available in the marketplace that will show you a variety of vegetable meals to prepare that are appetizing even for the kids. When what you serve on the table does not look and taste boring, your kids will surely dig it.
More nutritious meals
With a variety of backyard vegetables ready to be picked, you will find it more pleasant to cook and serve vegetable dishes to your whole family. This means that everybody will get to enjoy the tremendous amount of health benefits by eating fresh produce. Vegetables are packed with tons of nutrients. Aside from the fact that they are low in fat and calories, and contain no cholesterol, you will also get a steady source of the following:
• Dietary fiber – This is important for normal bowel movement and good for your entire digestive tract. Dietary fiber is also known to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, lower the risk of heart disease, as well as fight off certain forms of cancers. If you are on a diet, you will also feel fuller faster. Some vegetables that are rich in dietary fiber are peas, carrots, cabbage and spinach.
• Potassium – This is a necessity for keeping blood pressure at normal levels. It is also important in keeping the brain, muscles and other tissues in the body functioning properly. Vegetables that are loaded with potassium include potatoes, squash, tomatoes, eggplant and celery.
• Vitamins A, B and C – Vitamin A is great for the eyes and skin. Vitamin C is necessary to maintain healthy connective tissues and is known to boost the immune system. Vitamin B is important for extracting the energy in the carbohydrates in several food sources. Carrots, asparagus, broccoli and green peppers are rich in Vitamin A. Broccoli, peas and beans are a great source of vitamin B. Your dose of vitamin C is supplied by red cabbage, kale, parsley and turnip.
Other vegetables and their vitamins worth mentioning include calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, iron, niacin, foliate, zinc and manganese.
Save money and help your kids stay in the pink of health by vegetable garden planting. You will get that sense of pride each time your family enjoys the meal on the table, whose vegetable ingredients you cultivated yourself right in your own backyard.
Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!
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