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“Plant-and-Forget” Garden Plants

“Plant-and-forget” garden plants are low-maintenance plants.  They are easy to plant, easy to grow, can withstand heat and pests, and some are even self-seeding.

Here are my suggestions, and I do have them as a pillar in my organic gardening in Bacolod City, the Philippines.

  1. Moringa (Malunggay)
      • Malunggay2
    • I use the leaves in many dishes such as sinabawan nga isda (clear fish soup), monggo, laswa.  I also use the leaves whenever I have a cut.  The moringa seeds can be taken like a pill for overall health medicine.  I’ve also tried using the leaves in pineapple & moringa smoothie.
  2. Malabar spinach (Alugbati)
    • Malabar
    • I use the leaves in many dishes such as monggo, laswa, and with ground meat.
  3. Kamote (Sweet potato) leaves
    • Kamote1
    • I use camote greens in sinabawan nga isda and KBL (kadyos, baboy, langka) dishes.
  4. Water spinach (Kangkong)
    • Kangkong
    • We use kangkong in sinigang and in clear soups.
  5. Mustard greens (Mustasa)
    • Mustasa1
    • I use mustasa in soups.
  6. Chili pepper (Sili)
    • Sili1
    • I use the leaves for chicken soup, and the fruit in our sauces and hot chocolate.
  7. Pigeon pea (Kadyos)
      • Pea1
    • This is an Ilonggo favorite, as we use it in KBL (kadyos, baboy, langka) dish.
  8. Eggplant (Talong)
      • Talong1
    • We like eggplant fritters (tortang talong) and baked eggplant cheddar.  Of course, we use talong in sinigang, laswa, and pinakbet.
  9. Philippine lime (Calamansi)
      • Philippine Lime
    • Of all my plants, this is my favorite and most important as I take pure calamansi juice every morning as my breakfast to get energized and protected from common diseases.
  10. Turmeric (Kalawag)
    • TurmericWe use turmeric to flavor steamed fish dish and for tea.
  11. Ginger (Luy-a)
    • Ginger1
    • We use ginger in many fish dishes and for tea.
  12. Lemongrass (Tanglad)
    • Tanglad1
    • We use lemongrass in chicken soup ad for tea.
  13. Pandan
    • Pandan
    • We use pandan for rice and for tea.

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4 Comments

  1. Jim Garrison

    Good information. Great article. Thanks.

  2. Im trying to ”like” this article, something is going wrong and it doesnt work, ah well thanks for sharing anyways. This is a useful list for my project and planned projects in the Philippines as I don’t have much Tropical experience in terms of Permaculture and Organic Gardening

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