While many people use garden plants for ornamental purposes only, others have found some creative ways to make their gardening space into something more delicious. Enter edible gardens, a new trend that has people planting varieties of fruits and vegetables in their backyard that have a range of health benefits.
Having an edible garden is very appealing, especially if you include some herbs and fruit trees in your yard. If the space in your yard is limited, you can choose to plant the herbs that offer you aesthetic and utilitarian benefits. If you want to minimize the time you allocate to maintenance, avoid planting the annual varieties that you will have to replace every year. Choosing the following perennial plants will help you to improve your health while beautifying your property:
Rosemary is a fragrant plant that comes with lots of health benefits. Besides its fame as a culinary condiment, this plant is known for its appealing perfumes. In addition to spicing up your food, it is a great source of calcium, vitamins, and iron. Growing rosemary in the garden is quite easy since the hearty plant requires little maintenance once established. Whether you want to extract the powder from the dried leaves or use it in its fresh form, you can add this to any dish and improve your health significantly. Rosemary has plenty of medicinal benefits that include alleviating muscle pain, boosting the immune system, and improving memory.
Since the pawpaw is rich in fiber, it helps you to metabolize other foods more easily. It also has plenty of vitamin B-6, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and all the folate that you need on a daily basis. These powerful benefits have helped it become a favorite addition to an edible garden. Pawpaw provides a range of B-complex vitamins that work together to facilitate the conversion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates into energy. Besides its nutritional benefits, pawpaw comes with lots of therapeutic applications. The antioxidants combine with Vitamin C to boost your immune system while keeping any free radicals at bay. In addition to improving your immune system, pawpaw helps your body to easily ingest and break down other minerals that contribute to your overall health.
Besides its ornamental benefits, lavender plays a huge role when it comes to eliminating free radicals from the body. You can find a ton of free radicals in the atmosphere, mostly due to environmental pollution. Considering that free radicals can cause cancer and shut down the immune system, including some herbs that enrich your body with antioxidants that help to fight these pesky polluters is a good idea. In addition to strengthening your immune system, lavender is responsible for:
- Reducing the emotional stress and anxiety
- Healing of wounds and burns
- Improving sleep and brain functions
- Healing acne and improving the appearance of your skin
- Slowing the ageing process with the powerful antioxidants and minerals
Edible gardens give your property a great visual appeal while helping you to improve your health. As the trend continues to grow more and more popular in urban areas due to limited green space, it’s important to remember that this trend can still be carried out in open spaces as well. When planning what to include in your edible garden, be sure to include some edible herbs such as alliums, chrysanthemums, cinnamon, and garlic in addition to the choices above. Most of these herbs have the therapeutic and antiseptic qualities you require to improve your health. Trendy and impactful, urban gardens are truly the perfect blend of health of beauty.
This article originally appeared on ThorstenHagemann.uk.