Home Garden: edition 3

Plants3

 

Chives

Chives are a beginner gardener’s best friend. These hardy perennials are tasty and very easy to grow. Impress your guests in the spring and summer by using the chives’ flowers as edible garnish. Besides bringing bold flavor to various dishes, they also contain vitamin C, calcium, and antioxidants.

Though you can add chives to any of your favorite dishes, give this Scallops Beurre Blanc recipe a try.

Spinach

Another super easy plant to grow because it is forgiving and it matures rather quickly. Fresh spinach’s taste cannot compare to store bought. By now, you should know spinach is a super food and offers various health benefits. Here are some health benefits you may not have heard before:

  1. Cooking spinach increases its health benefits.
  2. Juicing spinach is the best way to get the most nutrients from the plant.
  3. Always buy organic spinach because the leaf tends to be sprayed heavily with pesticides that don’t come off with normal washing (or grow your own)!
  4. Spinach is great for curing digestion issues.
  5. Spinach is great for your skin and can offer relief from dry or itchy skin.

Give this Banana, Chia, and Spinach smoothie a try using your tasty fresh spinach.

Dill

Though dill may be more tricky to grow at home than the previous two plants, it is worth the effort because of the wide array of uses for fresh dill. From pickling to soups to salads and breads to party dips and fish dishes, the opportunities are endless with access to fresh dill. The health benefits of dill are underplayed and quiet surprising. Dill has the ability to support digestive health, oral care, bone health, immunity health, and relieve insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, respiratory disorders. Incorporate dill into your spring/summer diet for an overall healthier lifestyle.

This Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta is the perfect lunch for a warm spring day.

Happy gardening!

 

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