Pechay is a kind of vegetable that grows well in the Philippines. Sometimes this vegetable is called bokchoy, Chinese cabbage, or petsay in Tagalog.
This vegetable has characteristics that you will love most. Probably this vegetable is the fastest to grow as you can start harvesting pechay in more or less 30 days. I think there is no other vegetable that you can harvest in just a month. Meanwhile, here are;
Reasons why you should grow pechay:
1. Pechay is easy to grow
Well, the pechay is easy to grow. This vegetable needs around 30 days before you can start harvesting.
Aside from that, it is easy to care pechay. It would help if you watered it twice daily and you can be sure a great pechay to produce. Also, you need to understand and always know that this vegetable needs more sunlight. You need to grow this vegetable in a place where it can get around at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Indeed, it will get the foods it needs to grow bigger.
When it comes to nutrients in the soil, you can use organic fertilizer. This kind of fertilizer is best, and you can save money when you use it. Also, you need to cultivate the soil around the plant so that the oxygen it needs will go to the roots and help in small ways.
And because when you grow it, you will not feel tiredness as it is very easy to handle and grow. So try to grow this vegetable plant.
2. Pechay gives food for the family
Another reason why you should grow pechay is that it will give food for the family. Well, almost all vegetables can be a source of food. They grow and produce either leaves, fruits, or root crops eaten by human beings.
In this case, this vegetable gives some foods to eat. Almost all parts of this vegetable can be eaten except for the roots. All other upper parts can be, like stalk and leaves. It tastes good, and surely you will be happy if you eat this.
The family will undoubtedly benefit when you have a pechay garden at home. They can harvest vegetables as soon as it can be possible. So it will be good if you will grow this plant.
3. Growing pechay is enjoyable
If you love gardening, well, this will be more enjoyable. For some gardeners out there, gardening makes them happy. There are many reasons why, but this is what makes them happy.
Some reasons are they love to touch the soil. Well, for some people, this looks dirty, has dust, or many other things, but for a gardener, this is so fun. It is delightful to do. When they touch the soil, they feel great feelings that no words explain.
Another thing is when the plant has just started to germinate, and they feel happier. Because some plant seeds don’t grow, especially those hard to grow plants, they are very happy when they see some of those seeds start to produce leaves and roots.
Also, after many weeks or months of growing, when their vegetables or plants start to produce some fruits, it’s excellent for the growers. All of those efforts of them are worth it. Watering, applying fertilizer, removing some weeds, and other things to make better vegetables is helpful.
After all, you will start harvesting the sweetness of gardening.
4. Pechay becomes source of profit
If you have a bigger enough garden, you can grow more vegetables. Some of those can be consumed by the family, and some can be sold.
This vegetable is delicious to eat. Some people mix it with tilapia with coconut milk. They love to eat that kind of recipe. The sweetness of the coconut milk plus the protein inside the tilapia and the vitamins and minerals on the vegetable is amazing.
Well, you can sell some of that pechay you grow and gain some profit coming from it. It is easy to develop, and you can maximize it.
Also, if you have a vast garden, you need some workers to work on you because you cannot handle a bigger garden. In this case, you can also help them get some income coming from you. Both of you will earn some money.
5. Makes people healthy
Another good thing about this vegetable is it makes people healthy. This vegetable can be considered green leafy because most of its parts are leaves.
A green leafy vegetable has many vitamins and minerals that help people to have a stronger and healthier body. So if you eat more vegetables, you can a sure that you will be healthy in some way.
Aside from that, when you grow this vegetable, you will feel relaxed. Well, if your hobby is planting, then it will be good for you. You will be stress-free. Yeah, that is good for our health.
Also, being happy is the key to a longer life.
6. Makes environment cleaner
Another thing why you should grow pechay is it makes the environment cleaner. In what way? Well, this vegetable produces oxygen. It makes cleaner air. A fresh and cool air.
When you have many vegetables growing in your garden, it will produce more oxygen. Oxygen is what people need. We need it to stay healthy and makes our body stronger. If we always inhale clean air, we can prevent diseases in our respiratory system.
Another thing, when you see the pattern of this vegetable when it grows, it has a beautiful appearance. You can see the proportion of the vegetable to another pechay which they are the same level and height.
When we see a beautiful environment, we can feel good vibes. We can feel stress-free and cool. Also, if you grow this vegetable in a container well, that will be good. You recycle material and make our environment clean and an eco-friendly community.
7. Creates a beautiful environment
As a continuation, this vegetable makes our environment beautiful. Well, when there are many tires out there. And you started using it in gardening it will make our surroundings beautiful.
You can make art arts using those materials and save some money. Also, you can use some bottles of water and cut them in half. This way, you can use halves half in planting. You can put some soil inside and then grow the vegetable inside.
There are many other things like cans which are helpful. Also, some old shoes, socks, clothes or any items can be used. It depends on the creativity you are.
Make a beautiful garden using your creative minds.
Requirements in growing pechay
The very important thing, in growing pechay it needs sunlight. Well, sunlight is the primary source of food for this vegetable. It would help if you looked for a place with an abundant source of sunlight. At least 4 hours of direct sunlight will be good.
Another thing is water. Well, water is the lifeblood of every plant. Without water, plants cannot live. They need water that will supply nutrients to every part of the plant. Water is a mineral, so it is essential.
Also, this vegetable needs some nutrients that will supply the nutrients to almost all parts of the plant. You need to apply fertilizer. Organic fertilizer is our recommended. Why? Because it has no chemical content, you can save money if you use it.
Gardening tools you can use in growing pechay
a. Grab hoe
Well, you need to make a gardens plot to use grub hoe. A grub hoe is a friendly tool that helps you quickly cultivate and form your plot. This tool has a sharp blade on edge and has a handle. Use it to make a clean and better plot.
This tool will also help level and make taking a beautiful plot. It will help you remove unwanted materials like rocks and other materials. This tool is like a fork, but the blades are curved. It also has a long handle which you can easily hold.
In transplanting your plants, you need some hand tools that are easy to use. Well, the trowel is one of them. It is a small tool with a handle and sharp blade like a shovel that will surely help you.
d. Seed tray
A seed tray is where you germinate first the seeds and then transplant them after. In growing pechay, you need this tool to help you maximize the growth of the seedlings. When the seeds germinate, you can quickly identify which seedlings are good or not.
This tool helps you in watering. It has a handle and opening portion on the other side. You can use this to grow your plants well.
This vegetable is also a trendy plant in the school. Well in school there is a school garden. Usually, this vegetable is commonly planted because it is super easy to grow and takes a month before you can start harvesting it.
Also, the benefits you can get from it are excellent so let us start growing pechay.