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The Food Reality | That 2015 Vegetable Just Ain’t What It Used To Be In 1970

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Ok Gardeners…. here are some basic ‘food” crops that reflect the meals of your childhood.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of growing common vegetables that you see in the grocery store.

Why?? … because whole-food DENSE NUTRITION has been exchanged for fast growing and visually pretty vegetables.

Did you know today’s vegetables offer fractional nutrition compared to the vegetables crop-farmers grew in the 1970’s?

I much prefer munching on goji leaves, cactus paddles, and oddly-excentric local produce.  You can get some great dense nutrition from non-crop vegetables.

Get the most nutritious BANG for your calorie BUCK.

Remember… food is medicine for your body.  It’s the gas that makes your body run.

I’m sure you wouldn’t pour radiator fluid mixed with a bit of gas into your gas tank and hope for the best… likewise, we can’t just consume random food-stuff mixed with synthetic vitamins and hope our body handles it.

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensMORAL: Do your best to make better choices each day, and grow a bit of nutrition

… for the benefit of a long and pleasurable life.

 Midsummer Crops: What to Plant Now in Your Planting Zone


Don’t ask if it is too late to get some late-summer crops in the ground, ask what crops you can plant now for a late fall harvest. Every gardening zone has something that is perfect for planting now.

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Summer is halfway over. But that doesn’t mean the planting season is. Depending on what part of the world you live in, you can either be putting more crops in the ground or getting others started. Here is a simple overview of what can be planted in each time zone.

This list is not exhaustive and there may be a few crops that are missing for your area.

Zone Map

Zone 1-3

With such a short time in between frost dates, there is not much to be planted at this time. Zone 1 can plant cabbage, kohlrabi, and rutabagas. Zone 2 can also plant the same as zone 1 with the addition of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, kale, leaf lettuce, and radish. Zone 3 & 4 can also add turnips and tomatoes on top of what zones 1-2 have.

Zone 4-5

Vegetables such as lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and celery can be started as seeds indoors or in a greenhouse while others such as spinach, sweet potatoes, tomato, eggplant, pepper, potatoes, winter squash, melons, corn and bush beans should be directly sowed into the ground. Come August, start seeds for kale, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, beets and carrots to add to your garden bounty.

Zone 6

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensNow is the time to start some seeds indoors. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and beans can be started inside. Others such as corn, beans, tomato, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, and celery should be planted straight in the ground. Around the middle of August you can start seeds for kale, mustard, radishes, turnips, more lettuce, more cabbage, beets, spinach, and carrots to add to the mix.

Zone 7

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensWith the hottest months hitting at the end of July through August, caution must be used in starting colder weather vegetables outside. Start seeds now for carrots, bush and pole beans, lima beans, tomatoes, and broccoli. In August, you can start seeds for carrots, broccoli, beets, peas, turnips, winter squash, Irish potatoes, mustard greens, cucumber, collard greens, spinach, lettuce and kale. Don’t forget to space out seed starters around two weeks apart for more produce.

Zone 8

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensJuly is a great month for starting some fall seeds for planting. Starters can include bush, pole, and lima beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and tomatoes. In the beginning of August, you can start the first batch of seeds for beets, kale, winter squash, broccoli, peas, turnips, cucumber, Irish potatoes, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, lettuce and carrots and follow up with a second batch near the middle or end of the month.

Zone 9

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensThe month of July is almost too hot for most vegetable starters other than Brussels sprouts, okra, large watermelon, eggplant, lima beans, peppers and southern peas. However, next month starts the time of the cool season vegetables such as bush and pole beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, stake tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, onions, and turnips.

Zone 10

Image result for enjoy eating leafy greensRight now it is almost too hot to plant many new plants, but you can start your Brussels sprouts now. You can also plant the last of the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes, corn, celery and sweet potato in the ground if you already have seeds started. In a couple of weeks you can start cabbage, lettuce, spinach and winter squash.

Since temperatures fluctuate every year, be careful to pay attention to the temperature in your area before putting seedlings or sprouts in the ground. Make sure to give them plenty of water for the first week or so after planting to give them a good start. Remember, to get the most out of your plants, spread planting times out a week or more. This will ensure you have produce growing the entire season.



2 comments on “The Food Reality | That 2015 Vegetable Just Ain’t What It Used To Be In 1970

  1. New Journey
    August 6, 2015

    just ordered the book the complete, leafy greens cookbook…great post thanks for all the wonderful information….can never get enough info on healthy food choices..

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  2. jncthedc
    August 5, 2015

    I have never seen someone able to pack as much information in a single posting as you. Your information about different vegetables is spot on. I have been saying the same thing about fish. There are so many healthy varieties, but most people only buy a few. This can actually affect the fishing industry and the population of specific fish. We need to diversify and have fun with new choices. Healthy eating does NOT have to be boring. Great article. (Just don’t test me on knowing all the different vegetable and their specific ZONES!!) :))

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