Growing an immunity garden: 5 nutrient-rich vegetables to grow –


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Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, getting health benefits from your own back garden has never been so important.With a renewed interest in the Grow Your Own trend since the pandemic, growing a crop of flavourful, nutrient-rich vegetables will not only strengthen your immune system but add vibrant hues to your garden. ‘The colours of your vegetables reflect the different phytonutrients and antioxidants inside. That’s why multi-hued meals give you more health benefits and disease-fighting power than monochromatic ones,’ say the experts at seed specialists, Burpee Europe.Want to know what nutrient-rich vegetables you should grow in your own garden? Follow this advice from Burpee Europe and reap the benefits from growing your own from seed.RED – TomatoesTomatoes get their ruby-red hue from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that promotes heart health by helping to improve cholesterol levels. Lycopene may also reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers.• Stretch out your tomato season by planting one or more varieties at different times during early, middle or late summer.

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ORANGE – SquashThe sweet orange flesh of winter squash is rich in vitamin C, which aids the immune function. By enhancing iron absorption, Vitamin C also helps energise the body and fight fatigue.• Squash plants have a shallow root system, so use mulches to help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.YELLOW – PepperCrispy yellow peppers are packed with vitamins, including brain-boosters B6and B9 (also known as folate). B vitamins support memory function and may helpward off depression. • Pepper plants require steady watering, but they won’t tolerate waterlogged roots. Add organic matter to the soil when planting to regulate soil moisture.

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GREEN – BroccoliTree-like broccoli is full of fibre, which is critical for good digestive health and bowel function. Its fibre and antioxidants also aid in controlling blood sugar levels.• Pick broccoli when the heads have tight, firm buds. This happens about 50-60 days after transplant.PURPLE – RadishesAnthocyanins give radishes their elegant colours, and they also have cancer-fighting properties. The natural pigments have been shown to prevent and curb cancer cell growth.• Sow radishes in midsummer for late fall and winter use. They can grow large with several inches of root showing above ground.

Tomato ‘Supersweet’

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Sweet Pepper ‘Summer Salad Improved Mix’

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Broccoli ‘Belstar’ F1 Hybrid (Calabrese)

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Radish ‘Felicia’

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