Keto Gardening: Where To Begin When Starting A Keto-Friendly Garden

A watering can in the garden watering kale plants

Do you want to grow your own veggies while sticking to your low carb Keto diet? Are you not sure where to begin or what to plant?

I am a lifelong gardener but when it came time to plant my vegetable garden the first summer after I started the Keto diet three+ years ago, I realized that not all the things I normally grow are keto-friendly. I started the keto diet in January, and it never crossed my mind, come gardening time in Vermont, that I might have to alter what I planted.

My food and recipes have always been filled with fruits and vegetables, they are essential for a healthy, healing, well-rounded diet. And following a keto diet does not change that.

I began gardening when I was little, growing vegetables and flowers with my mom. One of the most important things we grew were masses of fresh tomatoes all summer long. It just wasn’t summer without a sandwich made from freshly picked tomatoes. As I grew up, I worked in garden centers and nurseries. I lived on my family’s flower farm in Vermont. So gardening is a part of my life and always has been. And vegetable gardening is something that I have always done, whether in a pot, in a community garden, on a farm, or in my own backyard.

So if you are new to gardening, or new to keto, or to both – let me help you figure out what vegetables to grow in your keto kitchen garden.

What Vegetables Can You Eat On The Keto Diet?

The answer is, there are so many delicious, and nutritious, low carb, keto vegetables that you can eat. Are there fruits and vegetables to avoid, yes absolutely, but there are also other genius vegetables which can be substituted for them. I publish a monthly guide to the keto fruits and vegetables that are in season each month. In addition, all of my recipes are low carb and keto-friendly.

What Can You Grow In A Keto Garden?

Following a keto diet does not have to feel limiting. There are boundless beautiful fruits and vegetables to grow and eat. You can still eat the rainbow. Just look at these beautiful options below.

  • A pottery serving platter with pumpkin, delicate squash, cabbage, onions, kale, raspberries, brussel sprouts, swiss chard, and fall leaves.
  • A mix of seasonal produce and vegetables for December in an antique metal plate from Turkey: cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, endive, cabbage, and whole walnuts and almonds.
  • A visual guide to seasonal eating for January: a plate filled with sliced blood oranges, meyer lemons, pink lemons, turnips, red onions, radicchio, and cabbage.
  • A display of seasonal fruits and vegetables for February: purple cabbage, turnips, broccoli, onions, blood oranges, ugly fruit, and kumquats on a paisley runner.
  • May is a magic month here in Vermont. The days are longer and brighter. The spring blooms bring color to the world again and scent to the air. The leaves come out. The lilacs bloom. We can begin to work in the garden and eat things grown from the ground.
  • An arrangement of seasonal produce for June on a stone table: beets with their greens still on, apricots, asparagus, cucumber, cherries, strawberries, and salad greens.
  • A platter filled with fruits and vegetables for seasonal eating in July. Tomatoes, peaches, mixed berries cherries, greens, and herbs.
  • A tabletop display of seasonal eating produce for August. A bowl filled with heirloom tomatoes, zucchini squash, peppers, sunflowers, herbs, and watermelon.

When starting a keto garden start here:

The Top 5 Keto Vegetables To Grow

If you are new to the keto diet, or looking to eat fewer carbs, and are interested in growing your own vegetables at home I have taken the guesswork out of it for you. I have put together my top five picks to plant along with a growing guide and nutritional information. I have chosen my top five keto-friendly vegetables to grow which are:

1. The easiest Keto vegetables to grow

Counting carbs is hard enough, no one wants to start keto gardening growing complicated, tricky plants. I have chosen these five because they are simple and fairly foolhardy.

2. The most productive Keto vegetables to grow

Let’s keep your plate full all summer long…. these five picks are bountiful producers and will leave you satisfied and proud. Though I love my speciality plants, in flowers and food I put my energy into those that produce all summer long.

3. The most versatile Keto vegetables to grow

I have also chosen these five because they are the most versatile vegetables, lending themselves to being eaten fresh, cooked, and preserved. So if you want to make fresh salads, cooked meals, sauces, or pickled vegetables, these are your vegetables.

So get ready to stick to your low carb diet while eating fresher, healthier foods, spending more time outside in the garden, and saving money at the grocery store! To get my top five picks to plant enter your email below. You’ll be able to download the Keto Kitchen Garden Guide in an instant (and also get Free Shipping in the store). Happy growing! And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, in the comments below or by emailing [email protected].

Joanna Revers

I'm a designer, creator, cook, and gardener living in Vermont. A Cultivated Living is where my life in design meets my love of cooking. Here I share inspiration and recipes for a healthy home, garden, and life... focusing on beautiful, fresh, and uncomplicated food and entertaining.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.