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May 22, 2013 | News, Nutrition Articles

Summer is on its way (finally) and now is the time to plant a kidney-friendly garden! We have some  tips to make sure your garden is best suited for your needs.

Low Potassium Produce

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots*
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parnsip*
  • Peas
  • Pepper
  • Potatoes*
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnip*
  • Zucchini

*Once harvested, double boil or pre-soak to reduce potassium. Talk to your Registered Dietitian for more information.

Fruits

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Saskatoon Berries
  • Strawberries

Homegrown Herbs

Be kind to your kidneys by going low-sodium and using herbs to add flavour in meals. Plant herbs in small pots on balconies, window sills or in old recycle bins.

  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

Tips:

  • Start planting after the May long-weekend. If it’s going to frost, be sure to cover plants with an old blanket or tarp.
  • Square foot gardening is the new thing. Each square foot is dedicated to different produce. Look online for ideas.
  • Try going vertical or container gardening if you only have a small space to work with.

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