January and February are important times in your garden. For most people this means it is time to trim the rose bushes, fruit trees and add copper spray to help with fungus or curly leaf on your trees. But in California you can do a little bit of planting in your vegetable garden if you like and as someone who loves to grow, I take this time to start a spring garden.
Here is a small list of veggies that you can grow in the early spring.
Radishes – watermelon radish, they are mild and colorful.
Health Perk: Vitamin C, Folate, Riboflavin, Potassium and Calcium.
Broccoli – If you don’t have luck growing the veggie then you can do sprouted microgreens to on your kitchen window sill.
Health Perk: Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc and B vitamins.
Carrots – we usually get small ones but the kids love to pull them up.
Health Perk: Vitamin A, C and K, potassium and calcium, fiber.
Swiss chard – I like the rainbow chard since the kids think it is fun.
Health Perk: Vitamins K, A and C as well as magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber.
Kale – grows easily but harvest when young to avoid aphids and too chewy.
Health Perk: Vitamins A, K, B6 and C, calcium, potassium, copper.
Beets – This season I am trying an Aspen beet which is pure white this year just planted it yesterday.
Health Perk: Fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron and Vitamin C.
Growing your own food not only helps you appreciate the food you eat but it also improves your mood by working outside. Working in the garden is also good exercise especially at a time when most people are moving less and due to the shelter in place order. Don’t worry if you haven’t planted yet in California- March will still work so go pick up some seeds and some small starter plants and go dig some holes in the garden and grow some stuff. It will make you feel better and gives you a focus on life that will make you healthy and happy.