By now, most gardens have been in full swing producing hoards of vegetables and berries, supplying us with fresh salads, healthy sides and nutritious snacks. Although most of the growing season is focused in early spring, late August and early September bring many opportunities to retreat to the serenity of your garden. These vegetables only take a month to mature and if planted between late August to mid September, will be ready for the fall harvest:
- Radishes: Radishes are packed with fiber, vitamin C, folate and magnesium, which makes for a delicious, low-calorie snack. Radishes help fight certain cancers, lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. Radishes can even prevent some changes in our mood that trigger anxiety and irritability by stabilizing our blood sugar levels.
- Broccoli: This may not be kids’ favorite vegetable, but broccoli has tremendous health benefits that make it a garden necessity. With high amounts of vitamin C and carotenoids, broccoli is a powerful antioxidant. The omega 3 fatty acids and phytonutrient content in broccoli make it a powerful anti-inflammatory that fights depression, boosts memory and improves behavioral problems.
- Spinach: Magnesium helps fight insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression and spinach is rich in this essential mineral. Spinach leaves grow best when the days are a little shorter and the nights are a little cooler, making August and September ideal for this leafy green.
- Blueberries: Blueberries are not only the perfect pair with almost any meal or snack; they are extremely beneficial to our mental health thanks to their high flavonoid and antioxidant count.