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

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021

A plate displaying a few seasonal keto vegetables to grow: tomatoes, eggplant, blackberries, squash, and peppers.

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’m here to help. I have been a lifelong gardener, but when it came time to plant my vegetable garden the first summer after I started the Keto diet I realized I needed to stop and revise my vegetable garden plan because things had changed. (“Wait, I can’t grow peas?” Especially, these peas.) 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 changed 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 the first question is:

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.


The next question is:

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.

  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables for March displayed on a stone background.

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 the top five keto-friendly vegetables to grow which are:

The easiest Keto vegetables to grow

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

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.

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 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 sign up below and I will send them right to your inbox. Happy growing!



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