Starting a garden? Here’s a list of healthy and easy to grow veggies at home

Photo from East-West Seed.

Most of us now are required to stay at home to protect ourselves from the COVID-19
pandemic. One of the challenges that many of us face is accessing food that is nutritious
enough to keep our immunity strong so we can reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

The quarantine restrictions have limited our trips to markets and grocery stores so
purchasing fresh and nutritious food may be a little bit more difficult at this time. So why
not start growing your own food at home? This way, you will have one less thing to worry

Start growing food in your backyard, or if you have a small space, try plant boxes or
recycled bottles instead. The quarantine period surely is the perfect opportunity to
nurture your home garden.

There are many benefits of home gardening. Let’s hear them from home gardeners

● Access to healthy food. “24/7 supply of fresh, clean, safe, and nutrient-rich leafy
vegetables and fruits right at your home–what more could make me love
gardening?…” – Christianne Ballarta

● Saves money on groceries .“Hindi mo na kailangang mamalengke kasi nasa tabi
na lang ng bahay. Kahit araw-arawin ulam ko gulay. Fresh na fresh pa. (I don’t
need to go to the market anymore because the vegetables are readily available
in my house. I can eat fresh vegetables everyday.)” – Rhea May dela Cruz

● Good for mental health. “I love home gardening because it calms my nerves from
anxiety attacks even before the quarantine started. It has become my therapy when I get burned out from being a full-time mother of three (3).” – May Marie Silva
● Great way to bond with family. “Growing our own vegetables serves as a
bonding for us as a family. The kids love observing how the plants grow, and it
sorts of gives us an accomplishment…” – Kristle Grace Aguilar-Hawod

● Source of additional income. “Home gardening advantages… we earned extra
income in our own way.” – Arnold Minimo

What to plant in your home garden

If you are a beginner, you might be wondering what vegetables are perfect to grow in
your home garden. Worry not because East-West Seed provided a list of
easy-to-cultivate, high-yielding vegetable varieties that are tasty, nutritious, and perfect
for different Filipino dishes.

Monteverde Leaf Mustard

Newbie gardener with a small space? Try to start planting some leaf mustard in a pot or
recycled bottle today. It will grow you bright green, compact leaf mustard just 20-25
days after sowing.

Saute it with corned beef or add some to sinigang or nilaga. This leafy veggie is a good
source of fiber, Vitamin C and Potassium.

Diamante Max F1 Tomato

Tomatoes are used in many dishes so growing your own can really help in saving money.
This tomato variety is high-yielding and can give you red, round, and firm tomatoes every
3 days, once you start harvesting two months after transplanting.

You can grow tomatoes in a big pot or in a 5-gallon container. The Diamante Max
tomato variety is also strong against heat and has resistance to diseases like the Tomato
Leaf Curl Virus Disease and Bacterial Wilt.

Bonito F1 Bitter Gourd

This native hybrid bitter gourd is a favorite of the North to use for Pinakbet because of its
short (10-12cm), dark green, and glossy fruits. You will just have to wait for 35-45 days
after transplant to enjoy its spindle-shaped fruit and leaves. Once the plant matures, you
can already harvest every 1-2 days.

Use this in pinakbet, sauteed with meat and/or egg, or add its leaves to sauteed mung

Pia F1 Butternut Pumpkin

A butternut pumpkin variety that has a delicious sweet taste and sticky texture. Its size is
perfect for a small family.

You can grow Pia in big pots or in 5-gallon containers with trellis for support when the
plant starts to climb. This pumpkin variety has resistance to Squash Leaf Curl Virus. You
can start harvesting 75 to 80 days after sowing your seeds.

With its smooth, dark yellow-orange flesh, Pia is perfect for ginataang kalabasa, pinakbet,
and even desserts to help you load up on vitamins and boost eye health.

Red Hot F1 Hot Pepper

This is a very high-yielding hot pepper that you can also grow in big pots or in 5-gallon
containers. You can start harvesting 60 to 65 days after transplanting. And if you take
good care of it, it can give you a steady supply of hot pepper for your sauces and
condiments for up to 6 months or more!

East-West Seed offers all these vegetable varieties in their Go Grow seed packs.
Ordering these is now made easier and safer through East-West Seed’s Lazada Store.

With just a few clicks, you can now purchase seeds of these easy-to-grow, high-yielding
vegetables and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

For more information, visit East-West Seed.

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