A recent survey by garden and housewares brand HomeLeisure® shows that one-in-two Australians are growing vegetables in autumn. In the survey, respondents chose from a variety of options including vegetables (49%), herbs (19%), flowers (17%) and fruits (9%). The cooler weather in autumn makes it an ideal time for planting certain vegies and herbs. The HomeLeisure WaterSaver Metro 750mm Rectangular Planter [marketed by Master Distributors] is ideal for growing vegetables and herbs especially where space is limited.
Baby Spinach. Spinach can be described as a superfood and is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. It is known to have many health benefits including improving bone health and is a source of protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Snow Peas. Developed in the 16th century by Dutch gardeners, they have become synonymous with stir-frys and salads. They add texture and flavour to any meal. Like spinach, snow peas bring many health benefits. They are a good source of dietary fibre and contain potassium which helps regulate blood pressure.
Kale. Kale has become a very trendy veggie. They can be used raw in salads, stir-frys, soups and stews; and made into chips. This veggie is full of powerful antioxidants; is a source of vitamin C; lowers cholesterol; and helps reduce heart disease.
Garlic. You can eat it raw or use it in your cooking to enhance the flavour of your meal. Garlic should be used sparingly as it is very dominant flavour and can easily become overpowering. Interestingly garlic is considered an herb.
Mint. Mint is believed to have numerous health benefits. It can relieve an upset stomach or indigestion as it helps fasten the digestive process. Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent which can freshen your breath.
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