Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

Nutrition Data
Gardeners interested in growing the most nutritionally packed vegetables and fruits, or anyone wanting to know the nutritional content of the meals they are planning will find Self Nutrition Data to be an outstanding resource. It allows you to search through an extensive database of vegetables and other foods for the details of the nutrient facts and other information on each food. The colorful graphic presentation of each vegetable is fascinating and easy to understand.

Favorite or New Plant

Of all the vegetables in the garden, when it comes to healthy eating, kale is king. One cup of this leafy green has only 36 calories, but provides over 100 percent of our daily vitamin A, 90 percent of vitamin C, along with a good dose of vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, fiber, cancer-fighting phytonutrients, and carotenoids, which benefit healthy eyes. There are a number of great types for the South, including Toscano (Lacinato), Red Russian, Winter Bor, Star Bor, and Rip Bor. Red Bor doubles as an edible vegetable and beautiful ornamental, and is a 2005 Mississippi Medallion award winner for its ornamental beauty.


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