By Skinny Ms.
Whether you think you have a green thumb or not, spring is approaching, and this year, you may want to consider giving gardening a try! Growing your own healthy veggies and herbs, just steps from your kitchen, can be convenient, cost-effective, and surprisingly fun. Plus, you’ll have easy access to fresh produce throughout the warmer months, making clean eating easier than ever! Get started with these 10 veggies and herbs that are easy to grow in nearly any spring garden. Plus, we’ve included clean eating recipes for all ten veggies and herbs.
1. BEETROOT or BEETS
Beetroot, also known as the garden beet, grows easily, year-round, in all climate zones. As a simple veggie to grow, beetroot can be sewn into moist ground in spring and harvested throughout summer and into early fall. Beetroot is packed with nutrients that can lower your risk heart disease and stroke.
This wonderfully delicious and nutritious vegetable can be planted as early as four weeks prior to your area’s last frost. The nutrients found in broccoli have been linked to benefits including bone health, heart health, and cholesterol reduction.
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Considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, cabbage is an excellent choice for your garden. Select a variety that grows well in your region, and keep in mind that cabbage needs at least six hours of sunlight per day.
Carrots offer a wealth of vitamin A and beta carotene, along with many other powerful nutrients that have been proven to improve vision, promote beautiful skin, and aid in cancer prevention. You can add carrots to your spring garden by planting them three to five weeks before the last spring frost and three to four inches apart in rows.
5. SUMMER SQUASH
Planted just after the last frost, once the ground has warmed, summer squash provides a wealth of antioxidants that help regulate blood sugars and offer prostate health support and anti-cancer benefits.
While technically a fruit, tomatoes are the most common spring garden plant for good reason. Because they grow quickly, they are the perfect plant for children to help with. Or, if you’re a beginning gardener, your tomato plant will boost your own confidence as you wait for other vegetables to sprout. Tomatoes have been proven to ward off inflammation and cancer as well as reduce your risk of heart disease, among many other health benefits. Try our Quinoa with Garden Fresh Tomatoes recipe for a new twist on a classic ingredient.
7. PARSLEY, BASIL, OREGANO, AND MINT
Dreaming of a lovely, fragrant herb garden? You have plenty of options to plant this spring! Herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, mint, cilantro, dill, chives and more can be planted just after the last frost. By soaking your seeds overnight, and planting them in raised beds, you can speed up the germination process.
Include zucchini in your spring garden by planting its seeds in fertile soil one week after the last frost. Tasty and versatile, zucchini is packed with protein, fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin C.
Low in calories and high in nutritional benefits, radishes are one of the easiest spring vegetables to grow. Radishes aid in weight loss, kidney cleansing, heart health, and respiration among other benefits.
10. SWEET POTATOES
About a month after the last spring frost, add sweet potatoes to your spring garden and begin reaping their wealth of benefits. The nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes are far more numerous than those of classic white or yellow potatoes. Sweet potatoes aid in weight management, promote vibrant skin and hair, increase prostate health, and lower cholesterol.
It’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. With these 10 easy-to-grow spring herbs and vegetables, you’ll be sure to make your garden flourish and grow this season.
Interested in learning more about gardening? Check out A Beginners Guide to Organic Gardening.