Beat ris­ing prices of veg­gies thru ur­ban gar­den­ing

Agriculture - - Contents -

FOR THOSE RE­SID­ING in ur­ban ar­eas like Metro Manila who would like to have their own gar­dens but don’t have the land or space to plant veg­eta­bles, ur­ban gar­den­ing is the an­swer.

This is one of the so­lu­tions in bring­ing and con­duct­ing agri­cul­ture in the ur­ban set­ting.

For Mer Layson, this is pos­si­ble with the use of dis­carded bot­tles or con­tain­ers, right at­ti­tude, and strong will.

In do­ing so, one can have a ready sup­ply of fresh veg­eta­bles, at the same time, beat the ev­er­in­creas­ing prices of veg­eta­bles in the mar­ket, aside from hav­ing a source of healthy food for their fam­i­lies. For some, this idea could be un­be­liev­able, but in other ar­eas and in some cities of the coun­try, this con­cept has been proven to flour­ish even in any avail­able space, like win­dows, ter­races, or in the very lim­ited space of an apart­ment or high­rise con­do­minium build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Layson, who has been prac­tic­ing ur­ban gar­den­ing by uti­liz­ing the grills of his rented apart­ment build­ing in Manila, all you need are dis­carded plas­tic bot­tles cut in halves, pierced with small holes on the side, and filled with a small amount of soil, and presto! You now have the con­tain­ers to plant dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of green leafy veg­eta­bles.

For his hand­made re­cep­ta­cles which he calls the “self-wa­ter­ing plant con­tain­ers,” Layson was able to plant, and even­tu­ally har­vest easy-to-grow leafy veg­eta­bles like let­tuce, mus­tard, pechay, in­clud­ing chilli pep­per and the pani­gang va­ri­ety of pep­per.

To main­tain the qual­ity of his yields, Layson says he sources the veg­etable seeds from Al­lied Botan­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion (ABC), par­tic­u­larly the Con­dor brand.

With the use of his im­pro­vised con­tain­ers, the bur­den of wa­ter­ing the plants ev­ery­day will be elim­i­nated.

Wa­ter­ing could only be done when wa­ter level in the con­tain­ers be­comes al­most dry.

Layson says you can use any size of dis­carded plas­tic bot­tles, depend­ing of course to the va­ri­ety of veg­etable which you may want to cul­ti­vate.

For the dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of let­tuce like Con­dor’s Red Wave Let­tuce, Layson only uses the 330 mil­li­liter plas­tic bot­tles, but for the taller va­ri­eties like the Mon­tana Mus­tard and the Black Behi White Stem Pechay, he uses the 1-liter or 1.5-liter

Mer Layson shows his ready-to-har­vest mus­tard and let­tuce plants which were grown in dis­carded plas­tic bot­tles.

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