Monday, April 14, 2008

Lettuce Overload

It seems that lettuce is becoming ordinary in weekend markets. We gave a rest on planting lettuce and started propagating our herbs in the spiral plot.
These are Sweet Basil seedlings. They are Organically Grown from seed to seedlings.

These are the famous Gotu Kola (centella asiatica). What's their use again? Oh yeah! they are the main ingredient in most memory enhancer food supplements.

These are Lavenders. Maybe the only lavenders propagated without any rooting hormone. The mother plant of these lavenders are also organically grown.

This is my favorite herb, Stevia (rebaudiana). 30 times sweeter than sugar (300 times sweeter when processed). A lot of my friends have tried propagating this herb and failed. You want to know why? I'll let you in on a secret...

More than 95% of herbs we buy from the market were grown with rooting hormones and chemical fertilizers. After bringing home a very healthy herb, do we continue to add chemical fertilizers? NO! Because we want our herbs to grow organically. And maybe that's what the people from the store tell us "Organic yan ma'am/sir!" So what happens? It starts to wither and often times, they die. If this is the case, what should we do? First! Look for and buy from good people who religiously practice organic methods. Ahem! Ahem! Second, since they grow the herbs themselves, for sure they can share some pointers on how you can grow them yourself. Third, visit this blog often for more pointers, or e-mail us for questions. :)

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