I apologize for my time away and lack of posts over the last two weeks. My husband Andrew and I have been very busy with two things: preparing for our puppy and working in the garden. Here is a sneak peak of our golden retriever puppy:
We pick him up on Saturday and have been busy getting everything ready for his arrival. The second thing that has been keeping me busy is the garden. Over the last few months, we have put in a patio, two raised vegetable beds, and about 48 sq feet of regular garden beds. Last week, we finished everything off with window boxes. Needless to say, we have been very busy.
After spending this morning walking around my vegetable gardens and seeing how everything was growing, I realized this process is something I could share with my readers. The process of organic vegetable gardening isn’t always easy. Just this morning, I found myself trying to get rid of all the aphids that have infested my peas. It seems that no matter what I do, the aphids return. Despite my frustration, I have stuck with only organic products because individuals with ADHD don’t need any additional chemicals in their bodies. Some research suggests that chemical additives like pesticides can contribute to increased ADHD symptoms. As a result, I have decided not to take any chances in my own gardens. While I have had to use a few products to try and eliminate the pests, I have only used organic products and have used organic compost as fertilizer. So far the only organic vegetable I have been able to harvest is lettuce, which has been delicious. There is nothing better than freshly picked lettuce. Here is a list of what I am growing in the garden:
My Organic Vegetables:
- Snap Peas
- Green Beans
- Green Leaf Lettuce
- Red Leaf Lettuce
- Gourmet Lettuce Mix
- Kale: A source of many powerful ADHD fighting nutrients including: Vitamin B6, Iron, Zinc, and Folate
- Broccoli: I believe I have some broccoli growing, but it is hard to tell the difference between the brussel sprouts and the broccoli, hopefully I will know soon.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Beets: This is one I had trouble getting to sprout, but hopefully a few of the seedlings will produce something. I planted heirloom beets and regular beets. I plan to plant more beets once my lettuce is done.
- Carrots: I am growing regular carrots and kaleidoscope carrots
- Delicata Squash
- Tomatoes: I am growing many different varieties of tomatoes from heirloom pinky lady to chocolate cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes are a great source of potassium, lycopene, vitamin c and other antioxidants.
As I mentioned, it has been challenging to maintain the organic status. I hope that in the end my decision to use only organic products will pay off and help control my ADHD symptoms. I would love to hear from you! Do you grow your own vegetables? What are the challenges you have faced with growing your own vegetables? Leave a comment to share.
Today I will be testing out a new recipe: Balsamic Fig Pork Tenderloin. I hope to have the recipe posted for everyone tomorrow. Thanks for reading!
Until Next Time,
The Distracted Dietitian