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Property – Boost the flavor and nutritional value of your winter meals by growing a bowl of greens indoors. Plant, nurture and harvest vegetables for fresh flavor in the garden now and all year round.
Green leafy vegetables are healthy sources of carbohydrates, rich in fiber and nutrients, while also being low in fat and calories. Many of these vegetables can help reduce the risk of stroke, anemia, high blood pressure, some types of cancer, and diabetes.
They also help improve gut, heart, bone and skin health while boosting the body’s immunity.
To create your own indoor garden of greens, all you need are seeds, a container, potting mix, and sunny window or artificial lights. Select a container or planter with drainage holes, or reduce maintenance with the help of self-watering containers such as Viva Round or Square Self-Watering Planters. Their water tanks reduce the frequency of irrigation.
Fill the container with a high-quality potting mix that drains well and retains moisture. Sow the seeds as recommended on the seed package. You can grow each type of greenery in its own container or mix them up for an attractive display in larger plantings such as Raised rectangular planter from Tartu.
Water the soil well and often enough to keep the soil moist while you wait for the seeds to germinate. Reduce the need for frequent watering by covering newly planted containers with plastic wrap or a dome. Once sprouts appear, remove the plastic and begin watering well when the top of the soil begins to dry out.
Increase productivity and increase planting area with the help of artificial lights. You’ll find a wide variety of settings for any space in your home. Table and counter light stands like the Micro Grow Light Garden can be conveniently placed in a kitchen or dining room. Freestanding light shelves provide more room to grow in a small space. Furniture light stands make it easy to use in any room of the house.
Grow vegetables that you and your family love to use in your favorite recipes and salads. Green or red leaf lettuce is easy to grow indoors and its mild flavor is most appealing to children and picky eaters.
Spinach is another popular and easy-to-grow leafy green vegetable, used fresh in salads and smoothies or added to soups and sauces. It contains many vitamins and nutrients, including iron, folic acid, and calcium.
Kale is considered a superfood. This nutrient-dense vegetable is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. If the flavor is a bit too intense for you, try the milder-flavored baby leaf varieties, or try cooking kale for a milder flavor and more tender texture.
Add a little peppery flavor to salads, soups, pasta, and other dishes with watercress. Add a spicier flavor with green mustard. Saute mustard greens or add them to your favorite Southern, Asian, Indian or savory dish.
Include color and flavor in your winter meals with beet greens. The leafy part of this vegetable is often overlooked but it is the most nutritious part of the plant. Use it the same way you would spinach or kale. You can buy selected beet varieties to grow the best greens that can be harvested from baby to full size.
Make it more fun by involving others. Hand family members and guests a plate and kitchen shears so they can harvest and help prepare the meal.
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