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When to Plant Foods that Fight Cancer

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Cupped Hands Holding Dirt with growing PlantLast month we featured home gardening as a great way to work a variety of fruits and vegetables into your meal. Our "Do-It-Yourself Salads" featured much of the groundwork for starting your own garden and growing a variety of foods that fight cancer. Now it's time to start planting with this guide to seasonal produce in your area and step-by-step instructional video by our own registered dietitian.

Scientists believe that the combination of foods in a predominantly plant-based diet may protect against cancer. There is evidence that the minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals in plant foods could interact in ways that boost their individual anti-cancer effects. That's why AICR recommends that at least 2/3 of your plate should be filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains and beans.

Here are a few of our favorites to plant now. For more specific growing times in your neck of the woods check out this helpful chart, organized by zones.

When to Plant Foods that Fight Cancer
Start Seed Indoors
Plant Seed or Transplant Outdoors
April 15 - May 1 (crowns)
April 15 - May 1
March 1 - 15
April 15 - June 1
Brussels Sprouts
April 15 - June 15
May 1 - June 15
Lettuce, head
March 1 - 15
April 15 - May 1
April 10 - May 15
March 15 - April 1
June 1
Sweet Corn
May 10 - July 1
April 1 - 15
May 15 - June 1
May 15 - June 1

Source: University of Minnesota Extension

What's Ready Now?

If you're not quite ready to start your own garden, but want fresh veggies now, check out our helpful chart (right) of what's in season. These items will be fresh at your local farmers' market and ready to add to your table today.

Foods that Fight Cancer: Container Gardening from AICR on Vimeo.

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Foods that Fight Cancer: Container Gardening from AICR on Vimeo.


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