Linda's passion for gardening has encouraged her to write about growing different types of organic vegetables and flowers.
Home Grown Organic Vegetables
I just love the taste of home grown organic vegetables and I also like the idea of just nipping to the back door to get some fresh vegetables or herbs from the garden that you need when you are about to cook your meals.
Aside from the good nutritional contents of vegetables, I want to save money by growing my own. Oriental vegetables are hard to find in the supermarket and also very expensive to buy. I also believe in being healthy. The thought of eating fresh, home grown vegetables just inspires me to grow more different kinds of organic and Oriental vegetables that I like and enjoy eating.
I tried to grow some of our Oriental Vegetables like the Pechay or Pak Choi, Chinese Cabbage, Gabi or Elephant Ears, Camote or Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Mangetout or green peas, Beans, Okra, potatoes, spring onions, mustard greens, lettuce, runner beans, beetroots, strawberries, peppers, chillies, broad beans and some green cabbages. I love growing cucumbers and tomatoes as well as I use it a lot for sandwiches and salads.
Photos and Names of the Organic Vegetables
The Tomato Plants
I have grown quite a few different kinds of tomatoes, one is yellow tomato which one of my colleagues gave me to grow, another is beef tomato which I bought from my favourite shop Poundland (if anyone wants cheap but good plant seeds they sell them in Poundland), another which is stripy orange tomato(Tiger Tomatoes) - this has lovely sweet taste.
There is another one that I was given by a friend who enjoys gardening like me is a purple tomato - it has a nice taste too, I like eating this much. The only tomato that hasn't been successful was the moneymaking tomato - it became brown. It had blight. Maybe because there was too much rain that time I planted it.
Climbing Beans and Broad Beans
Another vegetable I can't be without is climbing beans and broad beans. This are beans, I enjoy growing and eating too. It had given me much fruit last year. I like broad beans and dwarf beans too. These beans are so easy to grow and look after.
My parents used to grow many of them for selling in the vegetable market in our city. In my country(Philippines), beans are grown in large quantities for sale in the city vegetable market.
Another vegetable I love is potatoes, yes I need these for roasting potatoes, mash potatoes, jacket potatoes and boiled potatoes as well and many other uses really in my home cooking. Potatoes are so easy to grow, just stick them where there is soil and they grow. In fact, you can grow them on a container or on a sack with compost in them. Even a non-gardener can grow potatoes.
My father and brothers grow lots of them in the Philippines. They actually sell them for a living together with other vegetables like cabbages, beans, Chinese Cabbage, peppers, carrots, strawberries and many other organic vegetables.
Strawberries and Tomatoes
My Strawberry Plants
My strawberry plants had been very good to me over the years I had them. What I do is to plant them in another area in the garden every after three years because if I leave them where they are for over three years they won't have much fruits. They will have fruits but not many and not as big as the fruits during the first year. I like them for their good nutrients. And they are so easy to grow, just water them when dry, weed them now and then. They need very little care once established on the ground.save
Another good thing with strawberries is you can grow them also in pots or containers. Strawberries are not fussy where you grow them. Strawberries can grow anywhere with a bit of sunshine or full sun.
Here is an update about the strawberries above. I noticed that when I grow the strawberries on the ground, the slugs and snails eat their fruits so to prevent sharing my strawberries to the slugs and snails I decided to grow all my strawberries in pots or containers. It will not completely prevent the slugs and snails from eating the strawberries but it is easier to keep an eye on them. I know this sounds awful but I kill every snail or slug that eat my plants.
I use salt to deter slugs or snails as well. Slugs and snails don't like salt.
Green Peas called Mangetout
I love this vegetable which is so good for us and it is so easy to grow from seeds. Last year, I had a good yield from my peas. Mangetout is used in stir fries and spring rolls and any recipes really. If you want to grow some for next year leave some of the peas to mature and then harvest and leave them to dry. This was given by my father when I went home (my other home - Philippines) three years ago.
Organic Spring Onions
I always grow spring onions because it has many uses in my cooking like stir fries, spring rolls, decorations or garnishing dishes and many more. It grows anywhere in the garden and it multiplies quickly too. It grows all year round in my garden. It needs very little care once it established itself, just needs weeding once in a while. It is tolerant to winter as well.
Growing your Own Organic Vegetables
Growing your own organic vegetables gives you self-satisfaction, good health and saves you lots of money in the long run. Vegetables in the supermarket are so pricy that it puts me off buying them. I will only buy the vegetables that I don't grow.
There are a lot of different vegetables that I had tried growing in my garden but these will be enough to share for now. All I can say is, I have used my own compost to grow them and only used Grow More and Chicken Pellets from Poundland again as fertilisers.
In my home country(Philippines), my brothers use chicken manure(dried) to fertilise their vegetables. I heard from my friend who grows her own vegetables as well that Poundland (my favourite shop) sells chicken pellets.
My vegetables have done well last year and this year as well. As I also believe in eating healthily, I like to grow my own vegetables. Although I can not share my vegetables to my fellow hubbers I can share my vegetable photos instead.
Hopefully, I would inspire other Hubbers who are non gardeners to try growing their own vegetables and flowers outdoors and indoors. It is not hard really to be a gardener. It is a good exercise as well and breathe fresh air, good for the lungs.
Gardening helps with stress as well because when you go in the garden and see those lovely plants and flowers you seem to be cheered up by them, it does to me. If you haven't got the space for a garden, create a garden inside the house by having indoor pots of plants and flowers. Even just a herb garden in the kitchen window sill will be a good start.
Growing organic vegetables
Growing my own organic vegetables
- How To Plant Pechay (Pak Choi) Vegetable
Pak Choi is the easiest vegetable anyone can grow in their back garden either on the ground, on a pot, on a planter or anywhere there is space. It is good for beef stew and stir fries.
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© 2013 Linda Bryen
Growing my own organic vegetables
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on April 17, 2018:
Hi! Li-Jen, thank you for your lovely comment. I just enjoy growing vegetables like my father. There is not much strawberries to do a milkshake. There is just enough to eat.
Li-Jen Hew on April 16, 2018:
Hi Linda. You are resourceful and frugal! Luckily, you enjoy salad and strawberries. I'm sure you have made strawberry milkshake. You can share your veggie photos but not let Hubbers eat them haha. Thanks for sharing. :)
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on February 15, 2018:
Thanks Maggs224 for your comments. Your son must like gardening then like I do. It is nice to be able to grow your own vegetables really and enjoy the fruit of it.
maggs224 from Sunny Spain on June 19, 2017:
My son-in-law has started to grow some organic crops in his garden and greenhouse. Like you he likes to share his photographs of his crops as they grow. They too love being able to just pop out into the garden and pick the produce they need for their meal. Plus home grown organic are so much more tastier than some of the store bought veggies.
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 18, 2013:
Thank you, TheListLady for your your kind comment and for the follow. I just like to grow my own veg and enjoy them too. You are welcome to follow me and I will follow you too.
TheListLady from New York City on May 18, 2013:
Just so wonderful. You know I can almost smell the aroma and taste it all. I had an organic garden and there is just no comparison. Real food has a real aroma. Good for you for making this contribution to helping our polluted earth. Yay! I will follow you so I can keep up!
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on April 27, 2013:
Thank you once again LongTimeMother, for voting me up and for lovely comments. Yes, you are right there are lots of different peas and I like all. Here in England there are sugar snap peas and sweet peas (ornamental one - not for eating though but it got lovely flowers that are scented) and the one I got from the Philippines from my Dad. But I have seen lots of peas. I think we both want to be self sufficient in life. Sooner if we create more hubs about it we might have more fellow gardeners even just on hubPages. Yippee......We can even eat them peas raw or mix them in salads but I prefer to eat them cooked. You maybe right about people not knowing how to cook them.
LongTimeMother from Australia on April 27, 2013:
More good photos and tips, liesl5858.
Mangetout are also called snow peas or sugar peas in different parts of the world. In Australia, snow peas are slightly flatter than sugar peas. It all depends on what country you're in, but they're delicious everywhere.
People who are not used to growing mangetout might not be aware that you eat the entire pea, fresh from the garden or steamed or in a stir fry. No need to peel them or do anything more than washing them.
I'm voting up + and hoping more people grow their own like you and I do. :)
richaloe from Oxford UK on April 01, 2013:
I do not like Moneymaker; they never grow well for me. Good idea about pound land, I will go and take a look.
I like your pictures, they say so much more then words.
I might start using more on my hubs.