A follow-up on our little green babies growing in the garden. My husband has really become the green thumb and is filling up our neat little patch with a few more edible items. It is wonderful to see my son also witnessing first hand how seeds grow, flourish and then see them make a journey into the kitchen and then magic – a delicious green dish arrives to greet him at the dinner table!
The new additions to the family are:-
1. Sugar snap peas – Just one cup of these are you are well on your way with 21 percent of the RDA for Vitamin A which is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and essential for vision. These peas are a rich source of Vitamin C, 150% more than garden peas. They are also lower in calories than green shelling peas.
2. Romain lettuce – These are a heart healthy green with high levels of Vitamins A, K and C at the top of the charts as well as a great source of folate. It plants well and stores well with sturdier leaves and a courser texture than other lettuce varieties.
3. Leaf lettuce – This is an essential for your trusty garden salad. With a mild flavour and bright green colour, it also provides many health benefits such as folate.
4. Dill – Is a very good source of calcium, manganese, iron, fibre and magnesium. It has healing components in it which can help neutralise toxins in the body. It has a wonderful flavour which suits fish, soups, sauces, salads and even spicy dishes.
So there you have it, our 14 green babies sitting peacefully in their rows doing their thing. Oh and you’ll be pleased to hear that my son who has been watching his pea pot intensely over the last week has seen it shoot! On its way, is the little green pea.
Oh, and if anyone knows an ‘organic’ solution for looking after an edible garden I would love to hear it? I want to keep away the mites from tomatoes, bugs and caterpillars away.