Vegetables From Your Garden to Your Kitchen

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Being quarantined at home doesn’t have to be boring. If you want enjoyment, excitement and some time to relieve stress, plant a vegetable garden while we are executing our stay at home orders. Vegetables are fun to grow, however it can be sometimes a bit trying. Be patient and don’t give up, mother nature wants you to have some fun as you grow your garden and might bless you with abundant harvest.

Getting fresh vegetables nowadays are becoming more difficult. In the grocery store or public market, you might be left with little options to choose from. Also due to the current lock down harvesting and delivering of fresh produce from farms are limited.

This is the perfect time to start a vegetable garden. It is also a good hobby to pick up during these difficult times as it helps calm our mind and also keeps us occupied. Enough with being a couch potato, pick up those gardening tools and lets plant vegetables.

Everything you need to know

Vegetable gardening always starts with a good soil. Compost added into the soil makes it a good growing condition in any garden. It is important to add compost into your soil as it will benefit you as the plants grow in. Keep extra compost on hand to mix into the soil as the season progresses, adding it on a regular basis is good.

Exposure is the second most important aspect of vegetable gardening. A minimum of 6 hours of direct sun will keep your plants at their peak.

Glorious amount of water is a must. A good soaking each day during summer will keep your plants happy and producing. Don’t let your garden to completely dry out. If the top inch of soil dries out during the day, that is OK. Just don’t let the plants dry out or you may affect the yield for the rest of the season.

Specific care. Do a little search on the veggies you want to grow to find out any micro instructions that they may need for their care.

I started planting vegetables that are staples in our kitchen. Aside from being economical it also saves us from grocery trips to pick up vegetables. You are also assured that the vegetables you grow are organic and free from any pesticides and safe to eat. There will also be an adequate supply of vegetable to feed your family.

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Easy to grow vegetables that are kitchen staple

Eggplant – The night before sowing, soak the required amount of seeds in clean water. Sow immediately or air dry the seeds before sowing. Sow one seed per hole of the seedling tray at a depth of 0.5 cm. Cover the seeds with fine soil.

Okra –  commonly planted directly in the field. To attain uniform germination, soak the seeds with water overnight before planting. Plant okra seeds in slightly moist soil at a rate of 2-3 seeds per hill at a distance of 30 cm and 2-5 cm deep.

Tomato – Find a sunny spot. Tomato plants thrive in six to eight hours of daily sunshine. Plant young seedlings deeply in nutrient-rich soil. Water it only as needed and provide support as the plant grows.

Siling Labuyo – Cut out the seeds from ripe sili and dry them out in the sun. The seeds must then be planted in a soilless potting mix placed in a seedling tray. Once the seeds have sprouted, they may then be transferred to pots filled with garden soil. Place the pots in sunlight and water the plants twice a day.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Pechay – can either be sown directly in soil or transplanted. It can be grown from low to mid elevations throughout the year. Production is best, however, during the dry season in sandy to clay loam soil.

Camote tops – Place the sweet potato in a container of water. Keep the top 1/3 of the potato exposed by placing toothpicks into the sides. The pointed end should be down in the water. In a few weeks a vine with several stems will begin to sprout. Transfer them in a good soil, don’t forget to water it.

Kangkong – You can grow from kitchen scrap when you place it  in a pot of water. You can choose as large a pot as you want. However, keep in mind that you need to be able to reach to the middle of the pot to harvest your plants, so keep it under 4–5 feet (1.2–1.5 m). If you would like attain better produce transfer it in a soil.

Malungay – trees grow easily from seeds or cuttings. They grow quickly even in poor soil and bloom 8 months after planting. Place cutting in this hole and fill with a mixture of soil and sand.

With a modest effort, when lock down is over you’ll have an abundance of plants to share with friends and family.

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