Harvest a healthy heart with an allotment
Written byHeart Research UK
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All too often allotments are thought of as places that only grow the humble potato or everyday carrot, but in truth they offer a range of delicious treats – from sumptuous summer fruits to a whole host of handy herbs. Growing your own fresh produce has seen a revival in recent years and, with the right choice of crop, can be easy and convenient whatever your space and skills.
Fruit and vegetables are a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help keep your heart healthy, so here are some ideas to get your garden growing:
Carrots, onions, rocket and runner beans are perfect low maintenance plants for your first patch.
Try mixing Swiss chard, purple sprouting broccoli, chives and different coloured lettuces into your border to add some edible colour.
Blackberries, raspberries and strawberries look after themselves and make the perfect addition to fruit salads.
Plant potatoes in buckets or black bin liners, and let tomatoes and berries trail from hanging baskets that slugs can’t reach to maximise your space.
Grow some year-round herbs like chives, mint, parsley, coriander, rosemary, tarragon and thyme on the windowsill, in your greenhouse or a small section of your garden. You can then freeze chopped herbs in ice cube trays and drop them into your cooking for a tasty heart-healthy alternative to salt.
If you don’t have an allotment or garden of your own, why not join a local gardening group to get some outdoor exercise and socialise while helping to add some natural colour to your neighbourhood.
Gardening is a satisfying activity, burning excess calories and clocking up those daily steps. You don’t need to be an expert to have a go, so get those green fingers ready and put your heart into cultivating some tasty home-grown ingredients for your dinner table.
For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK on 0113 297 6206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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