Friday, February 9, 2018

Growing Vegetables in my Backyard

It's been more than six months since I formally finished the Organic Agriculture course at the UP Open University. Did I learn anything from the course? Yes but this kind of knowledge is not something you can teach online. Instead, it requires hands-on learning so I found myself trying to grow vegetables in my teeny tiny garden. Some plants are easier to raise than others though.

So far, my ampalaya vines are growing slowly but surely. I also planted tomatoes, calamansi and siling labuyo (chili) in small pots. I'm not sure if I need to devote that much attention to them because the seeds do take their sweet time sprouting shoots and leaves. Still, I am hopeful to see the day when I can do my first harvest.

Right now, I was wondering where I could get pechay seeds. My sister said the stalk of the pechay we use for cooking can sprout roots if immersed in a small container of water. Not sure if this is true. I would be more confident about it if I had the growing solution that my older brother uses for orchids. But beggars can't be choosers so I am sticking to the water container practice for now.

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