Planting your own food from seeds is easy, fun and inexpensive. The first thing you need to know for planning your garden is choosing what you love to eat.
Remember it’s your ultimate grocery store, it’s not only convenient but also tailored to your taste. Besides, you will save money, eat healthier and burn calories.
Keep reading to find out the easiest tropical vegetables to grow from seeds.
Chives are a perennial herb that grow better in cool weather. They are also known as Kucai.
Sow chives in the garden for 4 to 6 weeks, and they will germinate in 2 to 3 weeks. Chives need moderate water.
The best place to grow chives is to plant them in full sun or partial shade. The soil should be rich in organic matter, and well drained. You need to prepare planting beds in advance with aged compost.
3. Choy Sum
Choy Sum is a delicious vegetable that is not only easy to grow but easy to cook as well. In Malaysia, it is called sawi bunga or sawi manis.
Choy sum can be harvested as a microgreen, baby green and/or matured vegetable; this occurs about 60 days after sowing.
The soil should be moist, so you need to water regularly. Always protect them from the sun and the rain, for this you can use an umbrella or anything that provides shade and buffer.
Choose a sunny location, you need to use loose fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. Sow seeds into a garden bed or pot; spread them about 15 centimetres apart. Don’t forget to cover sowed seeds with a thin layer of rich soil.
4. Pak Choi
This versatile leafy crop, tasty and low maintenance leaves can be used in salads or stir fry.
You can harvest the young Pak Choi leaves to add colour to salads or you can let them mature to use in stir fry..
It’s a good idea to sow the seeds in partial shade and keep it well watered.
Okra is very easy to grow from seeds and it also looks beautiful throughout the growing season because of its beautiful flowers. It’s a great addition to your diet, because it’s also rich in vitamin A and low in calories.
Plant Okra in well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, in full light about 1.20 to 2.50 centimetres deep and 30 to 45 centimetres apart. Remember Okra plants are tall, so they need space to grow.
7. Cabe Chili Pepper
Cabe chilli pepper is very easy to grow, all you need is a pot of approximately 50 centimetres to get started. Of course, if you planted the seeds in the ground, it would grow much bigger.
If you want to be successful in growing a chilli plant, you need to make sure it gets plenty of light, heat, moisture and humidity.
Growing yellow eggplant or Terung Telunjuk in Malaysia is very prolific.
The seeds need a fertile, well-drained organic soil; it’s important to keep the soil moist to promote maximum growth.
Sow seeds about 0.60 to 1.20 centimetres; space young plants 3.80 centimetres apart and in rows 5 to 6.30 centimetres apart.
It’s very important begin to harvest eggplants as soon as the first fruit reaches a desirable size.
9. Sweet Corn
All you need to grow sweet corn is full sun and a rich, well-drained organic soil. Remember to water regularly, especially in dry weather.
10. Cucumber / Timun
Cucumbers are a great addition to your diet because they are high in magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, C & K, plus they are a good source of protein and low in calories.
Cucumbers grow in a well-drained location and they require a very rich soil with plenty of compost.
So here you go, the top 10 easiest tropical vegetables to grow from seeds. Try planting them at home and you’ll fall in love with them sooner than you know.