why not try Keto Friendly Vegetables? they are easy to grow in your garden

Keto friendly vegetables are just as easy to grow as any other vegetables.

So, why not include them in your backyard garden.

Keto friendly vegetables are easy to grow.Keto friendly vegetables are easy to grow.
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Vegetables are fun and easy to grow. The whole family will be getting out in the fresh air and sunshine.

Make it a family project. Grow some keto veggies for your dinner table.


keto friendly vegetables

The keto diet is so popular today and with good reason. It is healthy and nutritious for everyone.

What vegetables are used in the keto diet?

  • Asparagus
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Watercress

How many carbohydrates are in raw vegetables?

tomatoes

  • Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens. They are a super fruit, but we grow them as a keto friendly vegetables.

You can grow the little cherry tomatoes for snacks and salads all summer long. They are fun for the children to grow and pick.

Also, easy to grow are big delicious tomatoes good for slicing and eating. The Roma tomatoes are great for cooking and making tomato sauce. It’s your choice, they all are grown pretty much the same way.

  • Tomatoes are a long season plant that produces all summer long. Depending on the variety, the plants take about 50 to 85 days to produce their first tomatoes. Then they keep producing up until frost.

You may start seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost. Plant your young plants or plants from the local garden store into the garden, 3 to 4 feet apart in rows 3 or 4 feet apart.

If you are going to stake your tomatoes or use tomato cages, then plant them 18 to 36 inches apart.

  • Plant your tomatoes in a different place in the garden each year to help control any pests and diseases.

When you plant the tomato, plant it a little deeper into the soil, then the level the young plant was growing. The extra stem you are placing below the soil level will grow new roots and help make a stronger, sturdier plant.

  • The plants like plenty of moisture and food throughout their growing season.

Tomatoes are ready to harvest when they are easy to pull off the vine. You will have tomatoes to harvest all summer long.

In the fall when it’s getting close to frost time, pinch the tips of the tomato plants and the flowers. The young fruit that are on the branch will hurry up and mature.

Green tomatoes can be harvested and then you can have fried green tomatoes.

You may wrap green tomatoes in newspaper and put them in a cool place until they turn red. Or even leave them unwrapped on the kitchen countertop and they will ripen.


cucumbers

  • After tomatoes, cucumbers are the second most popular vegetable for the home garden. Fortunately they are a very keto friendly vegetable.

There are two types of cucumbers, the ones used for eating and the type used for pickling. But even the eating cucumber may be pickled.

  • Cucumber are a warm weather crop. The soil needs to be warm for the seeds to germinate. Plant the cucumber seeds about two weeks after the last frost in the spring.

Plant them in hills 6 feet apart. Put plenty of compost in the hill and plant several seeds in the hill. After they have germinated, thin to the three strongest plants in the hill.

Cucumbers may also be grown upright on a fence, a trellis, staked or grown on tomato cages. In that case plant them about 3 feet apart.

There are also bush varieties available that or more compact. They won’t vine and take up so much space.

  • Keep the cucumber plants well-watered after they start producing fruit. If the plants go without water the cucumbers may become bitter tasting.

Keep the cucumbers harvested. Check your plants daily.

  • If a cucumber starts to produce seeds, the plant will not produce any more new baby cucumbers. And that’s the end of the harvest season.

Harvest the cucumbers while they are still young and tasty.

At the end of the season when frost is threatening, pinch the end of the vines off. Any cucumbers on the vine will ripen faster.


eggplants

Eggplants are a beautiful tasty keto friendly vegetable. The plants are so attractive, they could be grown in your flower garden. This handsome plant is originally from the Middle East.

They have large dusty green leaves and pretty violet flowers that produce the eggplants. You may start eggplant seeds 8 to 10 weeks ahead of the last frost. Or wait and purchase young plants at the garden store.

There are two main types of eggplant, the large hefty ones you see in the grocery stores.

The Japanese style is a long slender eggplant. There are also white eggplants and many different colored ones.

Japanese eggplant have smaller fruitJapanese Eggplant
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  • Plant the young plants about 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. The plants will eventually grow to 2 to 3 feet tall.
  • Give the eggplants a good deep watering when the soil is dry. Fertilize them every six weeks.

Pull the weeds that are close to the plant, so you don’t damage the roots of the eggplant. Actually a better solution is to apply mulch to keep the weeds down and maintain even moisture.

The eggplants will produce beautiful violet flowers and then the shiny purple fruits. If you want very large fruit, pinch off the terminal growths and possibly even some of the flowers.  

If you like to eat smaller eggplants, let them all grow. Then harvest them while the fruit is still small.

  • Harvest the fruit while they are still shiny. If they turn brown or lose their shine they are overripe. Cut them off the plant with shears.

The eggplants will keep producing all summer, when it gets close to the end of the season, cut off the small fruit. Pinch off all the flowers and the terminal growth on the plants.

This will encourage the plant to put all of its energy into growing the remaining fruit to harvest size.


spinach and kale

spinach

As you know, spinach is a keto friendly vegetable that can be used in salads or cooked. And it’s delicious. Popeye liked it.

  • Spinach is super easy to grow from seed in the garden. It is a cool season vegetable that grows best during the spring and fall.

Hot weather will cause the spinach to bolt and go to seed.

Plant the seeds in the garden in rows about a foot and half apart. Plant more spinach seeds about a week apart to extend the harvest time.

  • Plenty of water and fertilizer will give you lush, tasty spinach plants.

Harvest the outer leaves and leave the center leaves to grow. When they are big, harvest the entire plant.

If it is still cool weather plant more seeds in their place. And then plant again in the fall.

lettuces are keto friendly vegetables, grow them the same as spinach, in the spring and fall

kale

When the warm weather makes your spinach go to seed, don't despair.

  • Kale comes to the rescue. It is another healthy keto vegetable grown for its crunchy green leaves.

Kale likes the warm weather. Give it regular watering and fertilizer for an abundant harvest.

  • Harvest the outer leaves and leave the plant growing. It will produce all summer long.

Kale is part of the cabbage family, grow more cruciferous vegetables.


onions

Bulb onions are a bit high in carbs for a strict keto diet.

  • Green onions or scallions, however are a perfect keto friendly vegetable with low carbohydrates. You may use them freely in salads and other cooking.

Start the seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost. The seeds may be sown directly into the garden after the threat of frost is past. If you wish, you may mix them in with any of your other vegetables in the garden.

They have shallow roots and need even moisture, but don't keep them soggy.

  • You may want to plant more seed every month, so you have some to harvest throughout the warm growing season.


turnip greens and radishes

Turnip greens and radishes are cool season, keto friendly vegetables. Plant their seeds in the garden early in the spring, 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost.

Plant them again in the late summer and fall for a fall harvest.

My favorite heirloom variety for turnip greens is 'Seven Top'. They grow only the green tops with no large turnip root.

  • The turnip roots are not recommended for a strict keto diet, but the turnip greens are wonderful. And they are so delicious cooked.

I can always find the 'Seven Top' seeds at the stores, but last year during the pandemic, I couldn’t find any. Then I found them on Amazon from an independent grower. I got a package that had a lot of seeds. And I couldn’t use all the seeds in one season.

  • Any extra vegetable seeds are easy to store in the freezer in a Ziploc bag or better yet a small jar with a lid. They will last in the freezer for ages and will be ready to grow whenever you plant them.
  • Radishes and Turnips greens just need regular garden water and fertilizer.

You will have radishes to harvest in about three weeks. They are so much fun for the kids to grow. Just pull the radishes when you can see the top of the radish ball sticking out of the soil.

  • You may harvest the outer leaves of the turnips. Leave the center leaves to grow larger for another harvest.

Both radishes and turnips will bolt and go to seed in the hot weather. But you can plant them again in the fall for another crop.

  • These keto friendly vegetables are simple to grow. They are great plants for your first garden.


summer squash

Zucchini squash is extremely prolificZucchini squash is extremely prolific
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There are two types of squash, summer squash and winter squash. The summer squashes are keto friendly vegetables. Unfortunately winter squashes have more carbohydrates than allowed on a keto diet.

There are different varieties of summer squash; crookneck and straight-neck yellow squash, the zucchini, also called Italian squash and white summer squash or scalloped squash.

  • All summer squashes are warm weather growing plants. Plant them in hills about 6 feet apart in the garden. When the seeds sprout, thin them to three plants per hill.

The squash plants produce two types of flowers male and female. The male flowers will start to bloom before the female flowers produce the fruit. So don’t be discouraged, if you start to see flowers, but no fruit. The fruit will soon be on its way.

  • Squash like plenty of water and fertilizer.

Once they start producing, you need to check them daily. Harvest them as soon as ready. The young squashes grow very fast. Sometimes they will surprise you at how fast they grew, even overnight.

They must be picked, if you leave them on the plant, the plant will stop producing.

As you know squash can be eaten raw in salads or cooked for a tasty vegetable. They are also good for snacking, a crunchy fresh treat.

  • Squash is such an easy and fun keto friendly vegetable to grow.

The flowers of the squash plants are also edible. You can use them in salads or dip them in a batter and fry them for a tasty treat.


broccoli

Broccoli the king of vegetables is a member of the cabbage family.

  • It’s very productive, easy to grow and it produces over a long season.

Broccoli is a cool season plant, so plant it in the spring, as soon as you see the young plants in the garden stores.

You may grow your own young plants from seed by planting the seed about 4 to 6 weeks before it is their garden time.

  • Set out the young plants about two weeks before the last frost. The young plants are resistant to frost, but not a hard freeze.

Set the plants about 18 to 24 inches apart and rows 3 feet apart.

Broccoli is not resistant to quail. One year I was so proud of the young broccoli seedlings that were up 4 or 5 inches tall. There was a whole row of them.

Looking out the window one afternoon, a bunch of quail come into the garden. I thought, oh how pretty.

They looked around the garden, then they went right down the row eating all the young broccoli plants. Yikes!

We are not the only ones that like keto friendly vegetables.

  • Keep your broccoli growing with regular deep watering and fertilization. And they appreciate a layer of mulch.

Harvest the broccoli from the main stem while the head is still tight. After you harvest the center broccoli, more will form on the side branches. You will have more broccoli to harvest throughout the season.

Hot weather will cause a broccoli plant to bolt and go to seed.

In mild climates, you may set out the plants in the late summer or fall for a harvest during the winter and early spring.

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