We are growing some plants on the lot adjacent to the house that we are renting. For mommies like me, gardening can be rewarding.

  1. Hours spent in the garden are literally productive. 🙂
  2. I find that tending plants is therapeutic after a hard day’s work.
  3. Growing our own food helps minimize our expense on vegetables. The garden ensures a steady supply of fresh greens which I used to buy in bulk. More importantly, since we grow these plants, we are sure that no harmful pesticides are used.
  4. Our garden helps us educate our kids about plants, agriculture, and ecosystem. Having spent most of their childhood in Metro Manila, our kids did not even know what a banana tree looks like! The garden acquaints them with various kinds of vegetables as well as teaches them how to care for each one.
  5. Gardening is also a very good bonding activity as a family.
  6. Watching plants grow, blossom, and bring fruits reminds me of the Wisdom behind all creation. The complexity, beauty, variety and wonder of the created magnifies the God who spoke all these things into being. And it often warms my heart to worship.

But all these benefits did not come without cost. You see, the lot which we used was a vacant space with overgrown weeds. We had to hire someone to take all these weeds out. Later, we found out that the soil is not really suitable for gardening because it is hard and stony and some parts are covered with hardened concrete. When our house was being built, they dumped gravel into it and used the lot for mixing concrete. Thus, we spent days manually removing stones and digging with a crowbar. While we were successful in some areas, other parts were deemed unusable for gardening. Thus, some of our plants are in polyethylene bags.

I am sharing some pictures of our plants which I took early this March. I hope to do monthly updates in the future.

These are basil bought from a shop in Sta Maria, Bulacan. We plan to grow more basil from cuttings and make pesto. 🙂

These are sitaw na turo (black eyed peas), one of our favorite vegetables.

These are baby mustasa (mustard greens) that are newly transplanted and seem to be wilting from the heat. Hoping they will recover once their roots are established. 
I bought five taro plants before hoping to make inabraw na gabi out of them. But we opted to plant these instead. I think it was a good decision because five months later we are harvesting taro almost every week. 

These are some leeks grown from roots.

These are our older mustasa (mustard greens) plants. We intentionally allowed them to grow old and bear flowers. My husband and I are hoping to show the kids how small mustard seeds are and relate them to what Jesus said about faith in prayer.

These are kangkong (water spinach) plants. They’ve been malnourished and have grown very slowly. I also keep hitting them with the water hose when watering which explains their unhealthy leaves.

This is a small patch of kamote (sweet potato). My husband is planning to remove these plants and build a “dirty kitchen” in this area. That might be the reason why he stopped pruning them since last month. 🙂

These are siling labuyo (hot pepper) seedlings waiting to be transplanted.

This is a patani (lima bean) plant climbing on our neighbor’s walls. I have four more of these in the garden.

This kalamansi (Philippine lime) plant is taking ages to grow. Please, excuse my left foot. 🙂

These are our second batch of tomato plants. They are in the flowering stage. We are hoping to get a better harvest this time.

These siling panigang supplied us with an abundance of chilies for the past four months.

These are baby alugbati (malabar spinach). We were surprised to find a lot of them growing from the seeds of the previous crop.

This is my favorite plant–malunggay (moringa). I was excited to see flowers coming out of its stems!

This papaya is less than four feet tall. Are these buds growing into fruits? I hope so…

I am so proud of these eggplants (or should it be eggplant plants? hehe)! They thrived and have been so productive despite being attacked by Japanese bettles.

Not pictured here are ampalaya plants that are starting to climb the trellis that my husband built for them.

Most of our plants are newly planted. I hope they will grow more and bring fruits in the coming months despite the summer heat.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Tour to Our Small Garden”

  1. Your garden looks wonderful! We have not started ours yet as the temperatures have been chilly some days…but soon we will! We have our seeds and are ready to get to work! :o) There is just something about working the ground with your hands/sweat/energy that is so rewarding! 🙂

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