Working with plants can do more than lift the spirits. It can be an effective therapy for many of those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Producing your own food would not only help reduce your food budget, but will also allow you to eat healthy, and be active. This would include growing some of your own vegetables.
KidneyBuzz.com suggests planting seeds from store bought produce to grow at home. If space is limited individuals with CKD can use planter boxes, containers, or opt for fruits and vegetables which grow on vines. By growing your own food, you may avoid using products with artificial preservatives . Instead you can freeze extra vegetables for future use.
Gardening can be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the individual gardener, and improve the body, lift the spirits, as well as stimulate the mind. Working with plants have been proven to increase movement and minimize depression for people with CKD. A garden environment stimulates your physical, psychological, intellectual, and social senses, unlike some traditional therapies, and help people engage with and concentrate on the activities they're doing rather than their condition.
Some vegetables are easier to grow than others. When starting a vegetable garden, begin with the easiest vegetables to grow that will guarantee a "decent crop." Encourage yourself for growing the vegetable garden by keeping your enthusiasm high! The following list captures what is considered to be some of the easiest vegetables you can grow:
It can be grown inside or out, in containers or in the vegetable patch. There are lots of different varieties to choose from. KidneyBuzz.com recommends that you begin by trying with a smaller lettuce which will grow more quickly.
These are also a must on your list of starter vegetables. They prefer a damper or colder climate, and need very little maintenance - simply thin them out sufficiently to ensure there is enough space for the bulbs to develop. Radishes are often grown together with carrots, as the seedlings pop up quickly, acting as row markers, and also help to break down the surface for the weaker carrot seedlings to come through.
Your best bet is to plant onion sets (miniature onions) rather than onion seeds at the beginning. They are easier to handle and need almost no maintenance apart from initial weeding. Plant radishes together with the onions to mark out the rows, as they sprout faster. Onions like to be planted early on in the season, but there are also varieties which can be planted in late summer or early autumn for a winter or spring crop.
Providing you keep to a few simple rules, growing carrots is easy. They prefer a cooler climate and can be planted as soon as the frost is past and the ground is workable.
Like spinach, people either love it or hate it, but it is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. It can be planted as soon as the frost is over and just requires damp ground to germinate.
It prefers cooler climates so it is ideally planted in early spring or autumn (check the variety on the seed packet), and its leaves can be picked off and used while the plant keeps on growing.
Like spinach, it is not fussy about the ground and needs almost no care apart from thinning out and weeding. Chard also looks nice, especially the variety with red stems. Both the leaf and stem can be eaten.
Try the bush types for ease of cultivation, though runner beans do offer more yield in the same space because they grow upwards and you can experiment with growing the beans over arches.
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