May-June Seasonal Crops

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Here is a list of crops that you can plant for the month of May and June. 

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa

Lettuce is a high value crop that is mainly cultivated for its leafy parts. This is the main ingredient in salads and can be consumed either raw or cooked. There are numerous lettuce varieties that one can grow. Some of the most common types are loose-leaf, romaine, iceberg, and butterhead. Growers can harvest most lettuce varieties after a month or so. Collect lettuce early in the morning for better quality and taste. Do not harvest late or near their flowering stage. Otherwise, they will develop a bitter taste. Lettuce can be grown in all seasons, but make sure to keep them away from the sun or extreme heat for them to thrive.  

Snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris

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Snap beans, also referred to as Baguio beans or green beans, is one of the most largely grown legume crops in the country.

The term ‘snap’ comes from the common practice of snapping their edible pods into small pieces when preparing them for consumption. Snap beans are categorized into two types: bush and pole varieties. This crop matures within 43 to 52 days after planting. Their young pods can be steamed, sautéed, buttered, or cooked with other vegetables. 

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

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Okra or lady’s fingers is a warm-loving flowering plant from the mallows (Malvaceae) family. This high value crop can be planted throughout the year for its adaptability to local growing conditions and resistance to pests and diseases. Its edible fruits or pods come in green and red colors.

The maturity of this crop occurs 60 to 75 days after planting. In Filipino households, okra is served in many ways: steamed, fried, boiled, sautéed, pickled, and sometimes eaten raw. 

Soybean (Glycine max)

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Soybean, soya bean, or locally called utaw is a legume in the Leguminosae or Fabaceae family that can be planted from early May to June. This crop ripens 85 to 100 days after planting. Soybeans carry a huge amount of protein and fat as compared to common beans. It is an ingredient that can be processed into milk, soy sauce, desserts, and Filipino snacks such as taho.

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Vina Medenilla
Vina Medenilla is a content producer for Agriculture Monthly magazine. She is a graduate from Miriam College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Fashion, photography, and travel are some of the things she loves. For her, connection with nature is essential to one’s life.

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