Ways to get off the naughty list
Santa has started making his “naughty” and “nice” lists. Which list will you be on?
If there have been a few naughty days this year, these suggestions will make sure you’re on the “nice” list.
If you have only been slightly naughty, you only need to plan on growing more vegetables in 2017. And we do have it on good authority that Santa places a higher value on growing Superfoods. This list will get you started:
- Kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K, it provides 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and it’s loaded with minerals and phytonutrients. It also offers more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! It’s also a fantastic source of fiber and iron.
- Broccoli is packed with vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting compounds, and the fiber essential in any diet. It also stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and folate (which can reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke).
- Watermelon is low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C.Studies suggest it has the potential to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also provides antioxidants (which are thought to help protect the body from cancer), potassium, lycopene, beta-carotene, and citrulline (which relaxes and dilates blood vessels).
- Spinach is loaded with anti-inflammatories and vitamins. Just one cup offers up to 12 percent of the recommended daily dose of calcium and enough vitamin K to help prevent bone loss.
- Cauliflower contains cancer-fighting compounds that have been shown to prevent damage to the lungs and stomach and to potentially protect against those cancers. And thanks to interactions with estrogen, cauliflower may also help prevent hormone-driven cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.
- Goji Berries are a great source of beta-carotene (which helps promote healthy skin), Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
Now, if you have had more than a few naughty days, you should consider giving someone a gift that gives back all season long. This penance will get you on the right list:
- The Sweet Baby Girl cherry tomato was the number one plant given as a gift last season! It was judged the sweetest of all cherry tomatoes. Its ½- to 1-ounce fruits resist cracking and the plant offers good disease resistance. Someone will surely think you are sweet when this plant arrives at their door as a gift.
- We would also recommend giving our Sunpatiens as a gift.These beautiful flowers can be grown in the sun or shade, they love heat and humidity, and they are resistant to Powdery Mildew. They are so easy to grow that anyone you send them to will enjoy their color all season long.
- Santa also gives bonus points for gifting Monarda plants. Not only do they produce colorful masses of fluffy-looking flowers that bring a smile to everyone, but they are also highly beneficial to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. And they come back year after year.
In case you have been downright bad this year, we have a solution, as well. As you may have heard, we are partnering with community gardens across the nation to fight hunger in those communities. We will be donating plants to these gardens, so every plant you purchase helps us donate more plants to these gardens. Of course, the more plants you order, the more likely Santa’s judgment will be swayed about placing you on the “nice” list. Are you ready to help yourself and others?
Sincerely, Joe Stutzman (and Elves) at Garden Harvest Supply