Chilly winter days are almost back and so is the exciting opportunity to grow some specific winter veggies again. If you were thinking that most of the vegetables can grow well only during summers, since everything blooms the best then, then that’s wrong. With Winter, comes its own plethora of greens that can be grown in your homes hassle-free. If you have never tried growing them at your homes, then this season, we would suggest you try your hands on making a home garden for yourself. It will be a challenging yet exciting task. But nothing can substitute the taste and nutrition of home-grown winter vegetables. To give you a better idea, we at Bonasila, would take you through the benefits of growing vegetables in your home garden:
- They are fresher: If your diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, then it creates a big difference to your life. Even while crossing the greens section of supermarkets you might have observed the questionable freshness. Nobody knows for how long these vegetables are kept in boxes before being shipped to their destination. We even don’t know for how long they have been resting on the shelves. All this time, the nutritional value is compromised. It will be richer and healthy if you get to consume them right after picking them. So, getting homegrown winter vegetables straight out of the garden will do wonders to your health since they are 100% fresh.
- No toxins present: From markets, It is difficult to pick greens that do not contain pesticides and biocides. They also put food preservatives on fresh vegetables which later become hazards for our health. But, if you choose to grow vegetables at your home then you will be able to have a better control over the amount of pesticides and other chemicals to be used, hopefully none. There should be no use of fertilisers and pesticides at all, after all you’ll be eating that stuff!
- Tastier Produce: You might have come across many elders saying that the greens produced these days do not taste as delicious as they used to. This is because of the changing cropping pattern and the excess use of chemicals to persevere it for long. If you start planting them at home, then you should consider using homegrown soil since it will consist of lots of vitamins and minerals. This will be a healthy mix for growing them and will result in tastier vegetables.
- Increased Nutrients: Without any doubt, homegrown vegetables are richer in nutrients because of the mineral-rich soil. In this case, harmful fertilisers like NPK are avoided. These are just used to increase the size of vegetables and not actually the nutrient content. Since these fertilisers are absent, it is actually more beneficial for your health. Increased nutrients ultimately lead to a better overall lifestyle for years, another reason to start home farming.
- Make you happier: Once you start gardening, you won’t be able to stop loving it. Right from sowing the seeds, to seeing sprouts come out, to beautiful leaves and then flowers, you will feel thrilled to witness this process. This simple and small effort will be very rewarding to your mental and physical health both. It will keep you active and will give you a purpose to serve everyday. The feeling of serving delicious dishes to your family with home-grown vegetables will fill you with pride and happiness.
Since you are well aware of a few benefits of homegrown vegetables now, it’s time to jump to the list of some healthy vegetables to grow in winter season:
- Lettuce: For your winter garden, this hydrating leafy vegetable can be a great pick. The best part about growing this is that it gets ready within a few weeks of planting it. You can plant it in a good container like fiberglass planters or a home grown garden, it can sustain well anywhere. Just plant the lettuce seeds in a rich soil mixture and cover with the soil’s layer again. It should be ready to eat in about 40 days. You can then enjoy fresh crunchy leaves on your favourite burgers, salads etc.
- Radish: Radish is a staple vegetable for many households in winters. Radish can never go in waste, be it cooking a tasty dish from its leaves or making a ‘Mooli Ka Parantha’! All you have to do is, to keep the growing soil moist and allow at least 6 hours of sunlight on these winter vegetable seeds, you should find them grown well by 25-45 days. It is a great source of Vitamin A, C, D and also minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium etc. It also helps in improving digestion, increasing oxygen supply levels, improving digestion etc. Since it helps in your overall well-being, you should definitely go for this one.
- Spinach: How about growing the king of green leafy vegetables? If you want the best vegetables to grow in winter season in your home garden, then this should not be forgotten. There are many reasons to go for this wonderful option. Spinach plays a crucial role in the functioning of RBCs in your body. It is also a great source of Vitamin A, K, B12, C, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron etc. Not only this, it is also a very low-calorie leafy vegetable which also helps in keeping your bones strong. A few drops of water on this seed every week with medium sunlight can make it grow to its fullest in about 35-45 days. It is relatively easier and quicker to grow. Bring them to your tables hours before you want to eat them. The fresher, the better.
If you want to add a good amount of fiber in your diet that can keep your digestive and blood-pressure activities in check, then you can choose green peas which come with lots of yummy goodness. If you have a diabetic patient at home, then green peas can be of great help since it helps in regulating blood sugar levels. Growing these climbers would also contribute to a beautiful home decor, but if you want an easier way of growing them, then go for your backyards. Make sure you add 1 inch of water every week with about 8 hours of sunlight daily to get this delicious pea treat on your tables in about 60-70 days. It is one of the best vegetables to grow in winter season.
- Carrot: Finally, It’s the ‘Gajar Ka Halwa’ season. If you are a modern day “bugs bunny”, then by all means you should grow this. Sow the seeds in fiberglass planters, water them with an inch of water weekly and make sure they receive 6-8 hours of sunlight. You will find fresh and fully grown carrots in the next 50-70 days. Having carrots daily will help in treating all your eye-sight problems, maintaining your weight and preventing cancer as well! (Source: Webmd) So, this winter, grow these yummy munchies in your home-garden without fail. Also, you will experience sweeter taste of home-grown ones than the market ones. Try out for yourself and relish.
You do not need a huge land to get the maximum benefit out of gardening. You can simply start by growing greens near your window sill, porch or even at the walkways along your house. Just make sure that even if you choose a smaller area, it should be receiving at least 6-8 hours of sunlight everyday and that they are watered just right. Try expanding step by step, each year with lots of experiments. Educate and update yourself more about vegetables to grow in winter season with the help of blogs, articles, videos or you can also ask for tips from a nearby nursery manager. So, we, at Bonasila highly encourage you to grow the green at your homes this winter and reward yourselves with healthy and tasty dishes.