By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Highland agriculture refers to growing crops on a high-terrain area such as a mountain or hill. In the Philippines, examples of highland farming areas include Baguio and the Cordilleras.
There are many things that can be grown in such places like rice, vegetables, and fruits. Here’s a list of the easiest vegetables to grow in an elevated environment.
- Lettuce – This crop is available in different varieties. As it grows from seed, it produces edible shoots of leafy greens within 30 days. If planting heading lettuce, allot 60 to 80 days for the heads to fully mature before harvesting, then cut down the whole plant once it has matured.
- Spinach – Spinach is a cold and disease-tolerant crop. Its harvesting method is similar to that of the lettuce. It will flourish in full sunlight, but needs a little shade especially in areas with a warmer climate.
- Radish – Radishes have a very high growth success rate, so beginners need not worry about having black thumbs. Another bonus is that it grows underground and is protected from the usual pests on the surface. In addition, this vegetable can be sown throughout warm weather.
- Carrots – Another root vegetable, carrots take up nutrients underneath the soil. Unlike radishes, they require fertilizer. Every foot of carrots planted is expected to produce around one pound of carrots during the growing season. Plant new seeds every two weeks to enjoy a continuous supply of the vegetable.
Growing your own vegetables is a good way to save money on grocery bills. Plus, it could also be the start of a new business venture.