Green Smoothies: Grow Your Own Fresh Greens In The Fall
Are fresh greens really possible in the late autumn? Yes! Absolutely!
Does your body crave access to mouth-watering green smoothies to get back on the road to health? Depending on your region, even without a cold frame, there are succulent fresh greens you can grow in fall and early winter .
Plus, for being EASY to grow, they rate a 10! Many are ready to begin picking in as early as 20 days! You may feel the need to boost your health after a long winter or fortify before heading back into winter.
3.) My favorites for mildness and available nutrients are bok choy and chard (top).
Right now we are making smoothies adding a few lovely chard leaves (minus stem) until the new crop of little babies grow up (did you ever think that’s why we sometimes call a garden a nursery?) The nutrients in chard are among the highest available. I really want to find ways to use chard because it’s SO easy to grow, and I’ve never experienced any pests.
2 c. frozen fruit (cherries, raspberries, mango, antioxidant packed aroniaberries (we add a bit of stevia to balance their stronger taste), or blueberries)
2 good size handfuls of chard leaves minus the stems or greens of your choice
For a power breakfast or snack you can add flax seed, protein powder, spirulina, raw shredded coconut, or cinnamon which stabilizes blood sugar, etc.
A basic green smoothie doesn’t taste anything like spinach, beets, or kale. If properly balanced with fresh fruit it is sweet, delicious, and nutritious.
The color is still gorgeous with 2 big handfuls of chard added!
Build a Simple Cold Frame
And if you or someone in your family is handy with simple tools, consider building a cold-frame (if possible on a south-facing wall) for an increasingly extended season. It is another step in being less dependent and living a simpler lifestyle.
My husband kindly built this old cold-frame for me when we were at the farm. In the spring/summer it grew cucumbers. In the fall it grew spinach, lettuces, cilantro, and beets. Note: the glass doors have props to prevent cooking your crop on a suddenly hot day.
“Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.” ~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
“Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.” ~Henry David Thoreau