Grow Green in 2017!
Every new year comes with goals, objectives, plans, dreams and just about anything you can think of to start the year fresh and clean. Whether you are setting goals or detoxify from holiday celebrations, you will find so many benefits from growing a detox garden at home.
When you drink a green detox smoothie, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. When your body has optimal nutrients, you feel energized and your immune system boosted.
A daily dose of green nutrient dense ingredients can provide amazing effects to your health & wellbeing. The greatest benefit in growing you own detox garden comes from using your own organic produce, as well as being extremely fresh and convenient. Picking, blending & drinking without leaving your home, now that makes it a whole lot of sense.
1. Spinach / Silverbeet
Spinach is one of the worlds most nutrient rich vegetables. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is said to aid in the reduction of inflammatory conditions. You can grow spinach all year round. Keep the water up to it and once its large enough, harvest regularly. Wash, remove the stem and roughly chop before adding to your detox smoothie.
Of all the super healthy garden greens, kale is king! Kale is loaded with a wide variety of beneficial nutrients with some amazing medical properties and it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants. Kale grows really well throughout the year, but isn’t a fan of the really hot sun. You can harvest Kale, so only cut what you need each time and it will go further.
Mint is a very popular herb for a detox smoothie. It aids in digestion, nausea and headache, clear skin and is a proven mouth / breath freshener. It grows really fast & easy as long as it’s kept moist and in the shade. Mint doesn’t cope well in the summer sun. Keep it contained in a pot or garden bed, as it does tend to take over if happy. Water regularly and enjoy the fresh flavour.
Cucumbers provide us with valuable antioxidant & anti-inflammatory benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamin K and assists cell and energy production. Cucumbers contain a variety of vitamins & minerals including the important nail health-promoting mineral silica. You can choose from a large range of cucumber varieties to grow. The cucumber plant doesn’t like the middle of summer in the sun, so provide some relief from direct heat and they will give back.
Ginger originated in China and is a flowering plant. Although it doesn’t look like the other plants in your detox garden, the ginger root has a very long history in traditional medicine. It is known to help reduce stress, aid digestion, reduce nausea and help fight cold & flu. When planting ginger make sure it has a sheltered spot with filtered sun, humidity and rich, moist soil. Ginger doesn’t like frost, direct sun, strong wind or wet feet. Harvesting is the fun part.
Most smoothie recipes have the addition of fruit. Apples, berries, mango, banana, limes are all great home-grown additions, however need a lot longer to grow into trees. Any long-term objectives to extend your selection, could include these, otherwise seek out a farmers market to purchase your organic extras.
Remember, every garden should feel the love of the owner. Allow it to become part of your routine, feed it regularly and include the kids. Kids love blending and will enjoy being part of learning where whole food comes from.