Home Gardening

We plant herbs and we have a few fruit trees. What we harvest, we eat and cook with.


Hydroponics gardening: harvesting lettuce

To get a better context of this post, read about the Lotus Pod Agritour. That one explains hydroponics and contains details about where to get the hydroponics kit. With that out of the way, I am so happy to announce that we harvested our first batch of organic ... (more)


How to replant lemongrass and citronella

About two years ago, in our desperation to find a natural and non-toxic way to get rid of mosquitoes, we got scammed by a woman who claimed that she was from U.P. Los Baños and that the plant she was selling was citronella. We were at The Vegetarian Kitchen waiting ... (more)


The Lotus Pod agritour: organic backyard farming 101

When I was asked if I was interested in joining the Lotus Pod agritour and learn organic backyard farming, I was hesitant. I'm not a proponent of organic food for two reasons: 1) organic food is expensive and 2) organic food is expensive. It's a great choice for those who ... (more)


It’s the last day of the Los Baños Flower & Garden Show

When we're on the road, I have this habit of reading signs -- road signs, signs at the back of vehicles, all kinds, really. So, yesterday, we were stuck in traffic in Calamba en route to U.P. Los Baños when I noticed a sign that said "Los Baños Flower & Garden Show" with the ... (more)


Our kaffir lime tree is bearing fruits

There's a bug going around, Speedy was the first to catch it, then I caught it and, late last night, it looks like Alex is the latest victim. She might have been spared but she decided to come home in the middle of the week (Wednesday was a holiday) with her friends Iya and ... (more)


The best part of herb gardening is harvesting

I cooked spring rolls yesterday that called for a substantial amount of herbs. Mint and basil. And I thought it was as good a time as any to take photos to show how much our mint has grown over the past two months. Above, one of the two pots of mint. Below, how it ... (more)


Citrus peels keep cats away from the herbs in the garden

Our herb gardening adventures have come full circle. When we started growing herbs for home cooking, we replanted the seedlings directly in the ground. That was back in the old house. At the time, we had mint, dill and basil growing side by side not knowing how invasive mint ... (more)


How to grow and propagate mint

We love mint -- for adding to drinks, for cooking especially for Southeast Asian dishes, for baking... We've been growing mint even before we moved to this house almost five-and-a-half years ago. So, we have learned a thing or two and, most importantly, we have learned the ... (more)


Harvesting limes and kalamansi

In my wildest dreams, we are self-sufficient. We have a large garden where vegetables and fruit trees grow abundantly. We have a small tilapia pond, and a few chickens and ducks. In short, in my dreams, we need not go to the market to buy food. We just have to step out into ... (more)


What are long-stemmed roses and where do they come from?

Weekend. The girls are home. After dinner, Sam stepped out, scanned the front garden and, as she usually does, picked a flower and gave it to me. There is a long version of the flowers-for-mommy story, you can click the link if you want to read it, otherwise, suffice to say ... (more)