Vriksha nursery

Vriksha nursery is a second generation nursery based in Mumbai where we strive to change the face of urban gardening in India with over 25,000 gardens executed in Maharashtra/Goa/Gujarat. We have a team of dedicated professionals who will leave no stone unturned to give you gardens of the utmost quality. Vriksha nursery has been synonymous with innovation in our field be it set landscaping(over 15000 teleserials/movies/adfilms), temporary landscapes (over 2500 exhibitions and weddings),ikebana flower arrangements, urban farming, rooftop gardens,living walls etc.
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Monday, June 17, 2013

8 super foods that u can grow in your garden!!!!

You can easily grow superfoods in your garden and quickly prepare and serve them in minutes. Superfoods are high in nutritional value and provide important chemical compounds—called phytochemicals—that fight disease and improve health. Superfoods have been around for thousands of years, but the term has gained popularity over the past two decades. Superfoods from the garden include blueberries, broccoli, kale, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts, and more. Other superfoods include salmon, soy, green tea, turkey, and yogurt. Superfoods, among other benefits, can lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and improve your mood and emotional well-being. Most superfoods can be eaten raw out of hand though you may find a few tastier with just a bit of preparation—such as steaming or stir-frying. But, in the end, superfoods require very little kitchen time.
8) Asparagus. Asparagus can be eaten raw, parboiled, steamed, boiled, roasted, and grilled. This perennial is one of the earliest crops in spring. Asparagus is a natural diuretic. Asparagus is high in potassium and vitamin B12, important for cell repair and maintenance. New research has also shown that B12 can boost the auditory system. People with low levels have a 39 percent increased risk of hearing loss.
7)Basil and Mint. Use basil fresh or dried to add a mild, sweet flavor to soups, salads, stews, fish, meat, and sauces. Use mint fresh or dried to flavor vegetables and add fresh mint to cold and hot soups and beverages. Basil and mint aid digestion and diminish inflammation. Basil and mint are also strong sources of luteolin, which many boost the immune system.
6)Mulberries. Grow them in a sunny location in sandy, well-drained that can stay moist. Allow 4 feet between plants. Choose rabbit-eye varieties where winters are not very cold. mulberries rank among the top disease-fighting foods; blueberries contain anthocyanin an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that fights Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and heart disease. A diet high in mulberries may reduce a woman’s risk of heart attack by 33 percent and stave off memory loss by several years.
5)Carrots. Serve carrots raw or cooked. Allow 30 days for sweet baby carrots and 50 to 80 days to reach full size and maturity. Recent studies say one carrot a day can cut the rate of lung cancer in half (first, stop smoking). Carrots are high in carotenoids, antioxidant compounds, associated with a decrease in bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, and larynex and esophageal cancer. Carrots are an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that work together to protect eye health. Three medium carrots contain 60 mg of calcium, 586 mg of potassium, and 30,000 IUs of vitamin A
4)Pomegranates. This fruit grows on a small tree or shrub. Pomegranates are long-lived but sensitive to frost in fall and spring and do not mature well in cool climates. Propagate pomegranates from cuttings. Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants that help keep the cardiovascular system healthy. One 17-ounce glass of pomegranate juice every day will lower blood pressure. The antioxidant capacity of pomegranate juice is two to three times that of green tea.
3)Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are grown from rooted cuttings called “slips.” From transplanting sweet potatoes are ready for harvest in about 100 days. Serve sweet potatoes cooked; boiled and mashed sweet potatoes will be extra smooth. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A and B6 and potassium that helps protect the immune system and regulate blood pressure. When eaten with the skins, sweet potatoes have more fiber than a cup of oatmeal.
2)Strawberries. Check the variety you purchase; June-bearing strawberries produce one crop a year in late spring or early summer; ever-bearing strawberries peak in early summer and then continue to bear through autumn. Strawberries contain chemicals found to protect cells against cervical and breast cancer; phytochemicals in strawberries can inhibit steps in tumor initiation. Compounds in strawberries may protect the brain from short-term memory loss. Strawberries contain anthocyanins that can inhibit pain and inflammation signals associated with arthritis.
1)Thyme. Known as the “blending’ herb because it pulls flavors together. Use leaves with slow-cooked beef, pork, poultry, seafood, soups, stews, and in bouquet garni. Thyme in tincture form can be used to fight bacteria; thyme’s fragrant oil called thymol is a powerful antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent. Use thyme to aid digestion and dislodge mucus coating of the intestinal track.