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Diabetes Friendly Allotment or Vegetable Patch - What to grow?

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by DaveH2, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. DaveH2

    DaveH2 · Well-Known Member

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    Today was my first day volunteering at a new community garden.

    There are volunteers that have been there for months and work clearing the ground is progressing. As part of my initiation, I was given a tour around the plot of land and there is space allocated for a pond, a picnic area, a wildlife zone etc., etc.

    The part I was clearing is earmarked for being a vegetable plot. I jokingly said they should have a section that is "diabetes-friendly" and the leader of the project thought it was a brilliant idea and now part of the veg plot is to be designated as the diabetes area!

    It is a community garden and after it opens to the public, schools will visit to tend the veg plot as well as the rest of the garden.

    So, here's a question for the green-fingered out there! What veg should go in the plot, taking into account that it needs to be diabetes-friendly and can be easily looked after by school children?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Lettuce and radishes come to mind as easy to look after by kids.
     
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    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    Kale and Swiss Chard are easy to grow.
     
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  4. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Broccoli and cauliflower.
     
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  5. DaveH2

    DaveH2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you know, "salad" didn't cross my mind! Thanks :)
     
  6. DaveH2

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    They're top of my list :) Thanks!
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Garlic. I used to grow in pots. Beans.
    sounds a lot of fun.
     
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    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the variety, tomatoes and cucumbers.
    Also summer squash.
     
  9. Diakat

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    Oooh yes, courgette!
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    raspberries as they are easy to grow, but expensive to buy due to the labour picking them.
     
  11. DaveH2

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    Do raspberries have a low sugar content?
     
  12. DaveH2

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    Beans? I am newly diagnosed, but I thought beans weren't good for diabetics?
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Blackberry bushes? I have no idea if they are easy to cultivate but I know they run rampant in my local park!
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Berries that is raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are among the lowest sugar fruits.
     
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  15. DaveH2

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    Any idea which varieties to avoid? Or even, which varieties to go for?
     
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    Thanks for clarifying :)
     
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  17. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow, I have them growing wild here.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Most allotment holders would try to get rid of blackberries rather than grow them, raspberries and strawberries are much better behaved.
     
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    If they are growing outdoors then Gardener's Delight or Sungold for the tomatoes and Marketmore for the cucumbers are good. If you are in the UK you will have wait until next May or June to plant them. If I had to choose one low carb veg to grow it would be courgettes, they are easy to grow and very productive.
     
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    Many thanks for the varieties :) :)

    As it is a community garden, it would need to have year-round appeal - there's no rush, so waiting until next summer to plant is all good :)
     
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