In 2021, the importance of wellbeing and a healthy immune system will be more top of mind than ever. And the more colors on your plate, the better off you'll be.
Planting a garden full of vibrant vegetables fosters a diverse diet loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that support your immune system (1), while a dazzling medley of squash, radishes and tomatoes adds appetizing eye candy to your garden and your salad bowl.
The colors of your vegetables reflect the different phytonutrients and antioxidants inside (2). That's why multi-hued meals give you more health benefits and disease-fighting power than monochromatic ones. Try growing the following nutrient-rich vegetables - selected by Burpee GardenCast experts - to color your 2021 diet.
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