Home-grown summer superfoods

Are you looking for a healthy growing option in your garden? Whether you are a novice gardener or have more experience, we have suggestions for delicious summer superfoods that can be grown at home, including plants that you can grow in containers if you don’t have a garden.

What are superfoods, you ask? The term is used for foods that have health-enhancing properties, such as high concentrations of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. We have selected a variety of superfood plants so you can choose the ones that suit your gardening experience, soil type and climate.

Easy to grow superfoods

These beginner-friendly super dishes offer regular harvesting. To take full advantage of the health benefits they offer, be sure to use it fresh immediately after taking it.

Dishes and containers

Micro-greens and herbs are not only rich in antioxidants, but are also easy-to-grow superfoods that don’t require a lot of space. They are suitable for novice gardeners because quality soil and regular watering meet most needs. They can be grown in pots – even indoors. Just make sure you place the plants in a place where they get a lot of sunlight.

Garden soil

Spicy peas and kale are low-maintenance plants that grow best when planted in garden soil. Since these plants tolerate changing weather conditions well, you don’t have to worry about dying from a late frost. They also need a lot of sunlight and well-drained soil to grow – although some shade does not affect the overall quality of the crop. Spicy peas are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and superfood kale is one of the most nutritious foods.

Moderately heavy plants

Growing these nutrient-rich plants is a bit more challenging. First, let’s look at a popular superfood that grows well in containers.

Dishes and containers

For the locals, strawberries are a great container plant. These fruits are full of vitamins C and B9 as well as minerals and antioxidants. Successful cultivation of strawberries requires fertile soil – consider using natural fertilizers that cost nothing. Strawberries need regular watering, but be careful not to over-water them – if the soil gets too wet, deadly microbes can jeopardize the well-being of your plant.

Garden soil

Although tomatoes can be grown in containers, this section will focus on the varieties that live in the garden. Tomatoes require frost-free conditions, so plant them when the danger of frost has passed. These plants love the sun and need a lot of it to bring healthy and tasty fruit. It is best to prune the plants early to get support during their growth and make sure you fertilize them regularly when they start to bear fruit.

Long-term opportunities

Fruit trees can be very helpful if you have the patience for a long-term gardening investment. Apples have amazing health benefits and are available in many variations. Cherries also have excellent nutritional value, and these sweet fruits can be incredibly delicious if cared for properly. Plant these trees in sunny places, in well-drained soil, and take care of fungal diseases and pests – use organic fungicides and natural pest control methods to keep them healthy. In the case of cherries, a bird net is mandatory if you want to protect its fruit from unwanted intruders. Prune your fruit trees twice a year for healthy growth.

Challenging plants

Dishes and containers

Blueberries contain high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese and fiber and offer many health benefits. These fruits can be difficult to grow in garden soil because they have special requirements – they require acidic soil. Varieties that can be grown in a container are easier to maintain, but large pots are required. You will need two to three plants (in different containers) to ensure pollination. You can use peat moss to ensure that the soil is sufficiently acidic. Blueberries should be watered regularly – on hot days up to twice a day. You also need to protect the fruit from birds with a bird net. Watch the plant carefully, as the yellowing leaves are a warning sign that the pH of the soil is changing and needs to be adjusted. But if you are careful and attentive, you will be rewarded annually with plenty of delicious and healthy fruits.

Garden soil

Growing your favorite watermelon in the summer can be a challenge, especially in the northern areas. It needs a minimum ground temperature of 70 ° F throughout its growth – which can take up to 100 days. Its extremely sensitive roots make successful transplantation difficult; whoever loves challenges can learn his tricks. You should also pay attention to common diseases of watermelons so that you can enjoy the fruit after the waiting period.

Sweet potatoes have similar preferences as watermelons, requiring 90-170 frost-free days to grow; however, they are somewhat easier to transpose. Harvest at a young age and heal for at least 10 days before consuming it. Although you may encounter various problems while growing sweet potatoes, you can usually solve them if you are prepared.

A little research goes a long way

While each of these superfood plants requires different conditions and care, the levels of difficulty mentioned above are mostly indicative of the plant’s sensitivity to changing weather conditions and its susceptibility to pests and other problems. However, with proper research, many of these problems can be avoided or addressed. Carefully monitor the growth of your plants and find out what certain signs may mean to their health.

About the author

Dóra Pista is a blogger and hobby gardener with a passion for healthy eating and cooking. The above infographics were created in collaboration with Wire Fence to help novice gardeners move towards superfood growing.

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