How To

Grow disease-fighting vegies

Coloured Vegies

We all know eating plenty of vegetables is part of a healthy diet and lifestyle so why not grow your own vegetables with the Yates seed range.

Orange vegetables

Orange-coloured vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A. The most obvious orange vegetable, the humble carrot, grows easily from seed. Even if space is limited, Yates Baby Carrots can be grown in pots or poly boxes.

Pumpkin is another good source of beta-carotene. Yates Golden Nugget is a small variety that, if you get the seeds in almost immediately, could produce a crop before the cold weather. Larger pumpkins in the Yates range – Grey Crown, Qld Blue and Whanga Crown – should be planted in spring so they’ll have maximum growing time.

Red vegetables

Red vegetables are sources of lycopene, and is most recognised in the tomato, with Lycopersicon in its botanic name emphasising the connection. The deeper the red colour, the greater the percentage of lycopene so, for maximum benefit, eat your tomatoes when as ripe as possible. Yates range of tomatoes includes Big Beef, Grosse Lisse, Summerstar, Roma, Tiny Tim and Small Fry, as well as the Heirloom Favourites mix that was introduced in recent years.

Green vegetables

Leafy vegetable such as spinach, cabbages and lettuce are good sources of vitamins, fibre and minerals. The darker the leaves, the richer they are in nutrients. But the real champions in the leafy group are the crucifers, the cabbage relatives. The sulphur smell that makes so many people dislike Brussels sprouts is a sign of these cancer-fighting properties. These vegies are also rich in folic acid.

Which members of the crucifer family are found in Yates seeds ?

Cabbages

Broccoli

Cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts are also included in the cabbage family. Seeds can be sown now. Don’t forge to add a little lime to the soil before planting them out in the garden.


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