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5 Foods To Grow This Winter

Posted on 14 March 2016
5 Foods To Grow This Winter
As the weather starts cooling down & the intensity of the sun decreases, the time to turnover the garden grows near. It's around this time that you might be wondering which fruit & veg would be best to grow this season in today's article we give you 5 ideas on some of the most productive & healthy winter fruit & veg.

1: Broccoli

This cruciferous vegetable is the age-old go to when it comes to 'healthy' & its rightly so. Broccoli contains significant amounts of calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid & is even a good source of protein. Arguably the most powerful health benefit of broccoli are it's anti-cancerous properties broccoli, & other cruciferous vegetables, contain powerful phytochemical which are known to support the immune system & have the potential to fend off cancer.

In mild-winter regions, start seeds indoors in late summer and set them in the garden in autumn for winter harvest.

2: Kale

Yes another cruciferous vegetable, this green, popular paleo buzz food, has potent health properties. It contains high amounts of B vitamins, vitamins C, K & A & loads of fibre. It is rich in blood-building chlorophyll & contains loads of antioxidant compounds. Similar to broccoli, it may even be anti-cancerous.

Plant kale 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost for fall and winter harvests, and continue planting throughout the fall in zones 8, 9, and 10. Kale grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade as well.

3: Oranges

You'd be forgiven for thinking that oranges are available year-round with their constant supply in the supermarket, yet this classic winter fruit is as delectable as any amongst the cold weather. We love the fact that when the immune supporting vitamin D from the sun is low in the winter months the immune-supportive vitamin C fruits come out to help. Beyond just containing high amounts of vitamin C, oranges have loads of fibre & B vitamins, & also have valuable minerals & trace elements for optimal cellular functioning.

Choose a sunny, spacious spot, with enough room for your plant to grow its branches. Use a deep, sandy loam-type soil if possible although a loamy soil that is well-drained will also do the trick. Dig a hole that's wide and deep enough to accommodate the entire root system of your tree.

4: Leeks

Leeks, a classic Allium plant, are an awesome addition to any dish. We love them in bone broth or chopped finely in a salad. Besides having high amounts of minerals such as iron, magnesium & manganese, leek's most powerful benefit seems to be in it's prebiotic properties. Probiotics are specific forms of fibre which foster the growth of probiotic microbes within your gastrointestinal system. It has been shown that prebiotics, when fermented by beneficial microbes, produce highly anti-inflammatory chemicals which work wonders on our entire bodies!

You can grow leeks from seed before the frost, or keep the roots of your store-bought organic leeks & simply plant these shallowly in your garden & water away!

5: Blueberries

An absolute stunning food to be eaten throughout the winter, blueberries are rich in polyphenols which protect your DNA from oxidative damage. Their strong colour adds a wonderful aesthetic to your garden & breakfast plate! When planting your blueberry bush, pick a nice, sunny spot & remember that it'll need an organically rich, acidic & well-drained soil experts recommend adding a peat moss when planting to help them establish roots.

Just because its cold, it doesn't mean you can't continue to provide nourishing foods for you & the family! If you're in particularly cold places you can take advantage of Urban Food Garden's expert consultants by giving us a call today!

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