When it comes to produce, Davaoeños are spoilt for choice. From cacao, to arugula, to passion fruit, to durian—the number of crops that thrive on Davao soil is simply astounding.

For others, though, enjoyment comes not just from sampling this bounty, but from growing it, too. With enough space, the right tools, and proper know-how, you too can start a backyard garden. Take a look at this guide we’ve prepared:

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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Have these tools and supplies ready before you get planting:

  • Trowel
  • Shovel
  • Garden shears
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Water hose
  • Watering can
  • Gloves
  • Fertilizer

WHAT TO GROW

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 Potatoes
This hardy crop requires minimal space and attention, yet produces a pound or two per square foot. Just water your plot to keep the soil barely moist, and apply low-nitrogen or organic fertilizer every so often.

 

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Tomatoes
Tomatoes are another prolific grower that will do well in your backyard garden. Locate the plot in an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Plant the seedlings at least 12 inches deep and 18 inches apart. Give the plants just enough water to keep the soil moist.

 

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Radishes
Cool-weather vegetables like radishes are a great fit for upland areas. Sow the seeds about six inches apart, and cover with a half-inch of soil. Water the soil until it is evenly moist but not soaking. Radishes need about six to seven hours of sunlight each day.

 

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Corn
Yes, you can grow corn in your yard! Make sure to fertilize the soil generously beforehand. Plant the kernels about 1.5 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Water generously, keep weeds at bay, and make sure the plant gets at least six hours of sunlight per day.

SOME PRO-TIPS

Start small
Plant one crop at a time until you get a hang of things. With enough experience, you’ll be growing a full-fledged backyard garden before long.

Minimize waste
Use a composting pit to create all-organic fertilizer. You can also install rain barrels to supplement your water supply.

No sun, no problem
Grow mushrooms, herbs, leafy greens, and beans in the parts of your backyard that don’t get full sunlight.

Use natural pesticides
Herbs, oil extracts, and diatomaceous earth are effective, all-natural pesticides.

Want to join the backyard gardening trend? Eden Ridge, our vacation home community in Eden, Toril also offers large lot cuts that are perfect for budding green thumbs who want to take full advantage of the cool weather in Eden in growing a wide variety of crops. It is also the first Alsons Properties project to feature a community garden.

“With this amenity, residents don’t just have a chance to grow their own crops, they also have the opportunity to share produce and gardening tips with their neighbors. After all, nothing brings people together like a shared passion. And that’s really the vision behind Eden Ridge: a close-knit community where folks can enjoy the good life,” says Eric de la Costa, VP & General Manager of Alsons Dev, the project’s developer.

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