A Basket of Sunshine

Picking up golden colored vegetables from the garden feels like harvesting my very own sunshine.

Happiness, joy, cheerfulness and brightness fills my heart when I see the color yellow in my garden. Its warmth can turn any dull moment in to a vibrant one.

Although, nature produces a diverse range of food for us but, unfortunately, we are familiar with so little. This month I am harvesting loads of home-grown organic vegetables and herbs and I started noticing that my own small rooftop garden is producing some very stunning vegetables and unique combinations of colors.

Recipe to grow your own sunshine


Yellow carrots, yellow wax  beans and golden potatoes were all growing in my garden during the past few months. Presently, I have beautiful  yellow pear tomatoes, golden mini bell pepper and yellow Swiss Chard growing in wooden planters. 


Yellow Pear Tomato

yellow3This heirloom variety produces enormous amount of bite-size tomatoes which look like little pears. They come in red and orange color as well. Pear tomatoes are intermediate type and the vines needs to be supported.

Yellow Mini-Bell Peppers

yellow2Very sweet, 2 inch long peppers are highly decorative. I planted these as a heirloom mix of mini bell peppers and they started producing within next few weeks.  Shiny fruits stay crunchy and fresh for more than a week and are packed with seeds. On the other hand,  Swiss Chard plant is now more than 3 years old and still producing. 

You can, very easily, grow your own sunshine at home! 

Happy Gardening!



Zahra Ali Husain is a sustainability educator, freelance writer and an environmentalist. She is also a co-founder of Organic City Pakistan and runs the Green Schools & the Horticulture Therapy programs along with Yasir Husain. Zahra also manages an organic farm.