Friday, October 17, 2008
The one behind it has started to bear new leaves. This is one hardy herb.
What looks dead after pruning starts to regain life after several days...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
2 month old tarragon
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A closer look.
In Tagalog, Stinging Nettle is called "Lipang-Aso"
This young mung bean is being attacked by hundreds of black aphids. But help in on the way.
On the left corner, with a combined weight of about 50 mg. (one aphid weighs around 0.5 mg)
"The Black Aphids Gang!!!"
On the right corner, weighing only 5 mg. The Champion and favorite of gardeners worldwide...
(this one is an Asian Orange Ladybird)
NATURE REALLY KNOW HOW TO MAINTAIN BALANCE IF WE ONLY WORK WITH HER...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A closer look at the flowers, no doubt, they really look like cat's whiskers.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Encounter no. 1:
There was this couple who overheard me talking to someone about the health benefits of organic food. The guy suddenly joins us in our conversation and shared some stuff regarding health. He was good, he really knows what he’s talking about. Then several minutes later while we were at the peak of our discussion his wife butts in holding a folder. She started showing different graphs from health statistics to killer diseases. Then at the end of her presentation comes the bottled “fountain of youth”. Now they are talking about how I can get rich by selling this product. I have to give them credit for their persistence.
Encounter no. 2:
For those who know me and those who read our profile, you know the reason why we went into organic farming. It’s more of being friends with the environment and caring for Mother Nature. It makes me happy whenever I meet other people who share the same passion. It makes me happier when they are of our age or younger. Anyway, what irritates me is when someone you just talked about organic farming and its health benefits thanks you for the talk turns around to leave and lights up a cigarette. I really feel cheated when this happens.
Encounter no. 3 (this happened just a few hours ago):
I was at the AANI store at Quezon Memorial circle when this familiar guy, in his early 60’s, approached me asking about papaya. I’m really sure I’ve met him before. Then he reminded me that he was the one who asked how to plant papaya several weeks ago. The first time we've met, he was the kind of guy who was really interested to learn. He invited me to sit down and discuss with him the whole process of planting papaya. I taught him almost all he needs to learn. He even asked me to write the procedure for him. From digging the hole, applying compost, up to post harvest procedures. I wrote it all in detail. He thanked me after that and even told me that he was going to buy everything he needs from our store. I told him what’s important is that he practice organic farming. Now he’s back and guess what, he wants me to write the whole procedure for him again because he lost the first one. He asked as if I owe him something. Instead of giving him what he wants, I taught him some principles in organic farming. We talked mainly of crop rotation and its importance. At the end of our discussion he told me “matrabaho pala mag-organic” and “I don’t have time for organic farming…” Well, he should have realized that when he lost the guide I wrote for him.
Other people that annoys me:
People who use chemical fertilizers and call their vegetables organic.
People who buy their vegetables from “bagsakan” markets and sells them in flea markets labeled organic. Go to hell you guys!!!
People who knows very little and acts as if they know it all. These are usually people who use the word “organic” as if it was an expression. “Organic yan sir/ma’am!”
People who think that if you use chicken manure, your plants are automatically organic. I got two words for you… …anti biotic! :)
Thanks for reading this unusually long post of mine. Let me tell you what I usually tell my students, “organic” is not just a word, not just a practice, but a way of life…
Friday, September 19, 2008
The farm in general is doing well. The vegetables are getting enough sunlight and rain. The sunshine chickens are growing steadily fast. At 5 weeks, most of them weigh 1 kg. Some of them even weight 1.2 kg. Some of the herbs are starting to bloom. The tarragons are now more than 4 feet tall and started to form flower buds. Did you know that tarragon flowers are great for salads?
I will be posting pictures next week. 'Till next time.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This is just one of the many kinds of fruits, vegetables and herbs they'll be eating at Daily DOSE Farm. Not to mention an array of live, high protein insects and worms... Yum Yum!!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Chick: WHAT!!! I'm not that heavy!
Me: Well... Take a look...
Me: Don't go on a diet now...
TO BE CONTINUED...
This is a good example of a non-flowering tip.
Always remember to prune your stevia. But if you have lots of it, it's OK to let it bloom. They invite lots of beneficial insects.
We've decided to allot a small portion of our small farm for this herb.
Please remind me to post instructions on how to propagate this lovely herb.