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Have you started with growing & consuming the superfoods indoors but at the same time can’t wait to start planting outdoors?
If yes, then your wait is over!
It’s time to begin sowing the seeds of your favourite, delicious, nutty and crunchy greens & add them to your salads in just 4-6 weeks.
Also known as salad greens, leaf vegetables, pot herbs or simply greens, leafy greens are edible plant leaves that we eat as a vegetable. They are green, shallow-rooted plants that come packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Generally referred to as the harvested leaves of a plant, leafy greens are easy to grow and are have a quick growth cycle, i.e. they are ready to harvest within 4-6 weeks. They are used to add flavour & texture to your soups and salads and colour to your plate.
Most of the time, you might have heard this from your parents one time or the other. But what is it that makes leafy greens so good for you?
Leafy greens are considered the natural storehouse of nutrients for human beings as they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, folic acid & beta-carotene. Apart from this, there are many reasons to eat (and love) your greens as they
Apart from being a rich source of all kinds of nutrition, they are very low in calories. Leafy greens can be grown at home as they are
Thus it’s best to grow your greens as the vegetable will never be as nutritious as the moment you pluck them off the ground.
Moreover, you can reap the physical as well as mental health benefits while gardening as it engages you physically & mentally. Spending time in nature reduces mental fatigue, lowers stress, provides better protection against illnesses and gives an overall feeling of better health.
Do you want to add green leaves to your diet, but all that comes to your mind is spinach?
A wide range of leafy vegetables like kale, lettuce, chards, beet greens, mustard, amaranth etc., are available in different flavours for consumption in different dishes according to your taste & choice. Some of the varieties are:
If you are ready to plant your first leafy greens, you will need some gardening supplies- but which ones?
So, once you have finally decided which leafy greens to grow & assembled all the supplies, you are just a month away from homegrown salads and greens. Here are some tips for you on how to start with it.
You can grow them in your lawns, but if you lack space, you can choose to grow them in containers, making them portable.
You can’t grow greens all year, can you?
One thing that most people don’t get enough in their diet is greens. But, there is no reason not to when you can grow them on your own all year long.
You can plant your greens according to your climate. Choose the heat-tolerant greens like Malabar spinach, amaranthus, roselle, mustard greens, mizuna as they won’t bolt without experiencing cold temperatures. Similarly, during winters, choose and start growing the cool-season greens indoors & plant them outside later. A few of them are spinach, kale, lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, bok choy etc., which are hardy and can thrive in colder climates.
The proper time to harvest them depends on your preferences. Leaves tend to be more tender and mild in taste when they are young and tiny, i.e. three weeks old; at this stage, they are called baby leaves. You can eat all of them raw at this stage. If you plan to harvest at this stage, plant them very densely. Harvest them by cutting the leaves ½” above the soil level.
If you want a stronger flavour, wait for the leaves to reach up to 4”-6” long & space them farther apart. Either harvest the outer leaves and let the centre leaves get larger or harvest the whole plant.
Why harvest an entire head of lettuce or kale at once when you could keep your plant around to feed you for months to come?
Depending on what kind of leaves you are growing and how long you want the plant to last. Here are a few different methods to harvest them
Leafy greens are versatile and easy to prepare. The best way to use them is to eat them raw & avoid cooking them as it leads to loss of essential nutrients. Some of the ways you can use them are
As you can see, growing your greens is easier than you thought.
Start growing your greens & start eating them too!
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