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what of european root veggies

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  1. DELETED-shotshapers

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    Hello again

    any suggestions on the likes of Turnips, parsnips, potatoes and the like (good honest root veggies)

    would they grow there, would the ground need some special work (would be doing raised beds)

    and what of bringing european seed varieties, would they grow there in the heat or is it best to go with what grows there already

    I especially like turnips/parsnips, but dont remember seeing them there.I do like rice, but would be nice to have my favourites most of the time especially if it was just a little elbow grease and toil needed to grow them

    any advice on that sort of thing

    my wifes aunt speaks of potatoes growing on vines, but I would really like to grow a little of the european stuff

    and if anyone would like some seeds sen to them, just reply here

    salamat kaayo ka
     
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  2. Dave & Imp

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    As the Seed Exchange date nears toward the end of March you may see more posts regarding your questions. We exchange seedlings as well as seeds, as most here do not even grow a full packet of seeds and by exchanging and sharing seeds we can keep the "seed money" costs down. There is also a lot of sharing of information at the Exchange last year.

    Generally the luck with imported seed has not been as high as with the local seeds. It always is exciting to think of growing your favorites from you mother country but although there is lots of green generated the amount of fruits is very low to non-existent. It seems like the constant heat causes some problems here.

    Local potatoes are available, but I have not tried growing them yet. I am not sure they are above or below ground varieties growing here. We can always try and see what happens. I have not grown the Turnips, parsnips, potatoes but will ask around and see what is happening. In the meantime hopefully someone with more direct experience can replay here.

    Sorry I am not giving you too many solid answers but life is an experiment in most things here, and we are trying to get some chatter about these type of questions going here..... So hang in here and keep in touch.

    We have some members involved with hydroponic gardening here also. There is at least one hydroponic commercial lettuce grower in the Bacong area, and a couple of us visited him last month. Unfortunately I have not posted his pictures. He has written a book, but it is not widely distributed on vegetable growing in the area. You can see the Seed Exchange 2015 thread for more information.

    Where do you currently live, and/or when will you be in the the Dumaguete area?
     
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    thanks man

    really only got into the whole growing thing when i first went to the Phils, thats 5 years now, but currently back in Ireland for a few months more yet, just that it seems a pure waste not to take advantage of the good weather and the sunshine, here small time growing is done in glass houses of anything remotely exotic.

    but with the seasons here everything has a time and a growing season, reading up and a lot of the veggies I asked about yesterday need a good frost to give them their sweet taste, so parsnips and the like will grow but will be pretty pretty tasteless and coarse, so that shoots that Idea down

    I would sure like to knock heads together as regards seed swopping and the like, but have not retired as yet so spend a lot of my time in China (golf teacher) and not so much on the planting (well yes fruit trees and the likes yes), but as for annuals havent really got stuck in as I like as the family there are doing other things and dont want to work over my little plot, no doubt they would be first over the gate when harvesting time comes, thats why im also looking at doing the natural fence with , Blackthorn, Whitethorn , Barberry and the likes

    have been looking a lot at AQUAPONICS/HYDROPONICS too as a money/land saving sort of a deal. a lot of study on the internet and books, but when I return in August I will make it my business to look you up

    must stress that dont have green thumbs but very very interested in providing good natural local food for my family for years to come, everytime i go there im a little shocked with how fast the veggies are rising in price

    100 pesos for garlic/onions and the likes, all of which can be grown easy enough

    Im babbling again

    time to go
     
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    I was at Robinson Mall today. Foundation University had a lot of displays on their different areas of study. They had a little aquaponic display there. I was told that they grow a couple of varieties of lettuce for commercial sales. So there Agriculture department there emphasizes to some extent Aquaponic gardening. It is an interesting exhibit, using pvc pipe similar to Graham's commercial endeavor.

    I got a text from Graham in the middle of the night, turns out he set up the class... lol.
     
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    The only root vegetable I've tried was daikon radish and they did pretty well, even though a colder weather crop. They must be able to grow potatoes here as they are available in the market. I also like turnips but have never tried to grow them and don't remember seeing them here.

    Shawn
     
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    I have brought numerous seed types from the West and not much seemed to have ever worked. Could be my thumb is not so green. Had a bit of luck growing grapes!
     
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    I have lived in Asia over forty years now and have also tried seeds from Europe and Canada. Sadly not much success because if they grow its at an accelerated rate because the seeds are used to a colder climate. It has to be seeds from here or another hot place. I plant seeds from Japan. Radishes are growing like crazy. Try some of the local stuff like agbati (Ceylon Spinach) or Kangkong (water spinach). Great in soups. Friends in Dumaguete sent me Thia Basil seeds. Dont know where they bought it.
     
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    In my opinion seeds are really hit or miss here...I spent tons of time in Korea and was able to grow all the seeds I ordered from the US as well as okra and the long beans from the Philippines. With having 4 seasons it is closer to the US Midwest climate, but also was only able to do container gardening with the space I had.

    I have been starting most things in trays for transplant and then just started direct seeding the cooler weather crops...the wife thinks it is a waste and everything should just be direct seeded. With the weather here she could be on to something so I will try some other seeds that I had not had good luck with previously and see if they germinate.

    Shawn
     
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    I have seen turnips here a couple times in robinsons,no idea where they grow them though!
    Also we buy the bulk of our veg at valencia market on a Sunday morning as it's mostly local stuff.
    Also there are a couple of growers of cauliflower and broccoli up in the mountain area which are half the price of supermarkets and they will cut fresh from the fields.
     
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