Edible Landscaping: Vegetables Instead Of Flowers

If you have urn planters (like these in the picture above), this season you can fill them up with fresh seasonal plants, instead with flowers.

Try to switch things up for your sake!

On a whim, we decided to try our hand at a little edible landscaping and transplanted a yellow and red pepper plant into them, then fitted them with 2 plant metal cages.

We are so interested to see how they will thrive in these planters!

If they do well, we should have yellow and red peppers plants right at our doorstep. We are crossing our fingers and continuing to water them!

Now, have you researched into any form of edible landscaping or planted vegetable plants out front?

If you haven’t, here are some nutritional facts about our choice – yellow and red pepper plant – that can persuade you to plant them too:

Yellow, red and orange bell pepper health benefits

pepper

The pigment that makes red, yellow and orange bell peppers multi-colored also possesses health-giving properties. These vividly colored vegetables are named for their bell-like shape, and are low in fat and calories, but high in water content and cholesterol-free.

Green bell peppers turn red when they fully ripen, according to Cornell University. Orange and yellow peppers are a different variety.

Adding an assortment of these colorful peppers to your meals provides your body with important health aids.

1. Vitamin C

Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radicals — substances that damage cells.

Free radical build-up in your body can add to the development of disease and contribute to the aging process.

Vitamin C also plays a vital role in controlling infections, healing, making skin and developing collagen, a tissue needed for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels.

2. Carotenoids

Yellow, red and orange bell peppers are good sources of carotenoids, which are the pigments that give bell peppers their bright hue. Human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, or retinol, which is vital for good vision, a strong immune system and healthy skin.

Beta-carotene also contains powerful antioxidant properties that reduce the risk of cancer and heart problems. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, eating 4+ daily servings of vegetables rich in beta-carotene may help prevent heart disease or cancer.

3. Lycopene

Lycopene, a pigment that’s responsible for the color in vibrant red bell peppers, also acts as a powerful antioxidant, helping to guard your cells against harm from oxidative stress.

Research results suggest that eating foods rich in lycopene is associated with prevention of prostate cancer and heart disease. Lightly cook red bell peppers in olive oil or canola oil because the pepper releases more lycopene when cooked.

4. Lutein and zeaxanthin

Your eyes contain concentrated amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, substances vital to eye health. These carotenoids, typically found in vegetables and fruits, help protect the area near the center of your eye’s retina — the macula — from light-induced damage.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are thought to limit the risk of age-related macular degeneration by dyeing the macula yellow, thus causing it to act like natural sunglasses for your eyes.

5. Fiber

Dietary fiber is found in plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. While human body can digest and absorb carbohydrate, protein and fat, it is unable to break down fiber.

This plant bulk pushes food through your digestive system, which helps prevent constipation and lazy bowels.

Fiber also aids in lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing inflammation and promoting slow absorption of sugar, which maintains stable blood sugar levels.

PLEASE SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP US PROMOTE EDIBLE LANDSCAPING!

References:
• Cornell University: Department of Horticulture: Peppers
• Michigan State University: Health 4 U: Red Bell Peppers
• Auburn University: Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station: Highlights of Agricultural Research: Ringing a Bell With Consumers: Consumer Preferences Studied for Bell Pepper Selection
• University of Maryland Medical Center: Beta-Carotene
• University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
• Iowa State University Extension: Food of the Week: Bell Pepper
• Mayo Clinic: Health Information: Nutrition and Eating Healthy: Dietary Fiber: Essential for a Healthy Diet
• NYU: Langone Medical Center: Macular Degeneration
• University of California: UCDavis: Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Peppers
• University of Florida, Sarasota County Extension: Peppers