Join us in this Further Food exclusive look into how Dr. Wahls grows her own fruits and vegetables for a health-supportive, nutritive Paleo diet – remember, you should be eating 9 cups of vegetables a day! Wondering what Dr. Wahls is planting this summer, as well as how she cooks up and uses her own produce? We have the inside scoop on the Wahls family gardening tradition, plus recipes and photos to document it!
In the Wahls family, gardening is truly a summertime tradition. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we come together as a family and plant our very own garden at the beginning of every May. Throughout the years, our family garden has become a custom I look forward to when springtime approaches!
What better way to celebrate health and happiness than by growing and cooking our own fruits and vegetables as a family? The gardening experience is one I’ve grown to love and cherish, not only because it brings us together, but because we have some amazing and utterly tasty produce to show for it. That’s really the cherry on top. Below, we’ll show you what kinds of delicious and nutritious produce we plant and provide some showstopping recipes you can cook up in your own kitchen using the various fruits and vegetables we have in our garden. Let’s get planting!
We’ve also provided a few photos my wife Jackie took this year while we were planting which document our gardening adventures. Every year, we replant our raised beds, sometimes plant a new tree, and always fill our garden with new plants. Aside from being a joyful tradition, the garden also provides us with an abundant supply of healthy, fresh vegetables that make following my own Paleo protocol that much easier!
Here’s what we plant in our garden. And with the right skills and motivation, you can plant your own garden too! For vegetables, we like to grow kale, basil (specifically for our homemade pesto), tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, collard greens, garlic, turnips, mushrooms, and an assortment of herbs. And when it comes to fruits, we feature raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pears, apples, and kiwi in our garden. There are so many delicious and nutritious ways to utilize these seasonal, fresh ingredients, so take a look at the recipes below for your own culinary inspiration!
Here’s a list of what we plant in our garden and some recipe ideas!
Kale – It’s hearty and easy to grow!
Basil – We grow a huge batch of this!
Tomatoes – Heirlooms are our favorite!
Peppers – The more colors, the better!
Zucchini – A summer staple!
Collard Greens – Food for the soul.
Garlic – The best way to turn up the heat on flavor!
Turnips-Give them a try!
Mushrooms – Earthy, meaty, and outright delicious.
Raspberries – So easy to grow and bear fruit for years and years!
Blackberries – Tart, juicy and brimming with antioxidants.
Blueberries – An undeniable summertime classic.
Pears – We love how sweet and succulent these get when they’re perfectly ripe.
Apples – An apple a day…
Kiwi – This tropical favorite is actually a type of berry!
Our Family Gardening Album:
Mothers’ Day 2016 with tomatoes in the foreground and raised beds in the background.
A partial selfie taken by my wife Jackie, as Zach and Zebby plant some kale in one of our raised beds.
This is a stuffed pork loin filled with tomatoes, peppers, and thyme from our garden.
These are some delicious looking carrots straight from the raised bed.
Enjoying some roasted vegetables after a long day at work.
Jackie and I with a big harvest from our garden!
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