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Grow Your Own Ingredients: Fresh Garden Favorites

I’ve always been a big fan of growing my own herbs and vegetables. Not only is it something anyone can learn how to do, it’s also more economical. Additionally, everyone knows that homegrown food simply tastes better. In this post presented by Miracle Gro Gro-ables®, I’ve listed some of the best fresh garden favorites for the spring gardening season.

Cherry Tomato:

What we love about the cherry tomato: It’s juicy and sweet, thanks to its higher sugar concentration. It mixes well in salads, can be baked in veggie and meat medleys, and can also be combined with mozzarella to make an awesome dish.

What nutrients cherry tomatoes provide: Thiamin, niacin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, dietary fiber, potassium, and more are contained in the cherry tomato.

Cherry tomato gardening tips: Cherry tomatoes require soil rich in organic matter, like compost.

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Spinach:

What we love about spinach: Spinach, especially baby spinach, has a sweet flavor and is pleasantly tender. It is a much healthier alternative to iceberg lettuce for a salad, and it can even be fried or used in a soup. This vegetable works well with citrus flavors as well as ginger and garlic.

What nutrients spinach provides: Spinach is chock full of folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. It’s an immune system booster and is beneficial to skin and hair health.

Spinach gardening tips: Make sure to use loosened soil that is amended with garden soil. In spring, plants take around four to six weeks to grow. Place each plant at least 6” apart.

Cilantro:

What we love about cilantro: Cilantro is an incredibly flavorful and aromatic seasoning that can be added to salsas, noodle dishes, and fish. It’s also much better fresh than bought in a seasoning bottle — which is all the more reason to plant it.

What nutrients cilantro provides: Cilantro is a good sources of numerous vitamins (A, C, E, K, B6, riboflavin and others) as well as dietary fiber, thiamin, and zinc.

Cilantro gardening tips: Cilantro grows best in temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for spring.

Zucchini:

What we love about zucchini: The vegetable is incredibly versatile, as it can be stir-fried, used in salad, or placed in a stew. It’s sweet, crunchy, and soaks up seasonings well.

What nutrients zucchini provides: A low-calorie vegetable rich in vitamin A, zucchini also contains antioxidants, potassium, and dietary fiber. It also has moderate amounts of folate.

Zucchini gardening tips: Zucchini requires loosened soil that is amended with garden soil to flourish. Gro-ables® seed pods™ contain plant food which provides the proper condition for growth and nutrition.

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Basil:

What we love about basil: Spicy yet sweet with a licorice flavor, this bold and aromatic herb can be used to flavor all sorts of dishes. Its strong lemony smell is seductive.

What nutrients basil provides: Filled with manganese and vitamin K, basil also has decent amounts of copper, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Basil gardening tips: It’s best to start by planting 4-6 weeks indoors in individual containers, then move outdoors. Basil requires consistent watering and warm, loosened soil that is amended with garden soil.

Sponsored by Miracle’s Gro-ables. 

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