How to Grow Philippine Vegetables

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Root vegetables are popular in the Philippines.
Root vegetables are popular in the Philippines. (Image: Sweet Potatoes and New Potatoes in Baskets image by bawinner from Fotolia.com)

Cuisine from the Philippines incorporates a wide variety of vegetables. For those who enjoy the cuisine or want to grow the vegetables that you remember enjoying as a child, you can plant a vegetable garden that can produce a number of popular vegetables associated with the food. Common vegetables from the Philippines include taro, swamp cabbage, mung beans, oyster mushrooms and eggplants. Decide what type of vegetable you want to grow for fresh tasting dishes to serve at the dinner table.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Builder's sand
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Tiller
  • Shovel
  • Mulch

Make a list of the vegetables that you wish to grow. Generally, vegetables are grown as either warm season or cool season crops. Warm season vegetables are planted after the last frost. These popular Filipino vegetables can include string beans, mung beans, eggplant and sweet potato. Cool season Filipino crops can consist of cabbage, radish and spinach.

Check the draining abilities of your proposed vegetable bed. The majority of vegetables need well-draining soil in order to reduce the risk of root rot. Grab a handful of soil and squeeze. Soil that releases water droplets must be amended with 6 inches of both compost and builder's sand tilled into the first 6 inches of soil. If the soil breaks up into clumps in your hand, spread 6 inches of sphagnum moss and till to correct the dry soil. Soil that is malleable in the hand has adequate drainage.

Hand pull all weeds or grass from the vegetable garden. Till the soil with a tiller to break up any clumps of soil that are larger than a half dollar. Flatten the planting area with the back of your rake.

Dig holes for seeds based on the directions on the package. Generally, seeds must be planted at a depth of four times the diameter of the seed. Space out the vegetables according to the directions. Water the area.

Spread mulch around the vegetable seeds to prevent weeds. Make small outdoor signs to place in each row to allow you to determine when the vegetables should be harvested.

Clear the vegetable garden after the warm season vegetables have been harvested. Repeat the steps above for a cool season garden.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase the right type of seeds for the garden. Filipino vegetables are of a different cultivar than the types sold in the United States. Buy seeds online or at local Asian markets.

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