Thursday, December 23, 2010

Buying Plants in Tagaytay (Mahogany Market)

I've been to Tagaytay numerous times, but skipped buying plants at the roadside because I didn't want to risk getting side-swiped by speeding vehicles.

Last weekend we discovered the Mahogany Market. We went there to buy fruits and vegetables, but was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of plants for sale!

There were flowering plants - magnolias, zinnias, orchids etc. and  non-flowering plants (just leaves). Each plant cost at least PhP20.

All kinds of herbs and spices which you can get 5 for a PhP100.

And fruit bearing plants like calamansi, American lemon, orange, duhat and many more. Depending on the size of the plant you can get it at PhP50 (make sure you bargain!).

Mahogany Market is located at Mahogany Avenue. Here's the map:

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sonya's Garden

Visited Sonya's Garden last weekend and I couldn't help but stand an awe at how beautiful the place is. I bought a couple of plants and the staff said that everything they have is organic and they do not use chemicals to treat plants.

Here's a couple of nice snaps I took of the awesome place:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Planting Mustasa

My Dad taught me how to cook his famous mustasa dish. It's one of my favorite dishes and I'm glad I finally learned how to cook it the way my Dad does. I noticed though that it's hard to get healthy-looking mustasa in the supermarket, so when I found some seeds from Ace Hardware I immediately got a pack.

It took me sometime to actually plant the seeds, but was happy to see them sprout a week after. I read in the package that you have to plant them about 10 cm from each other -- something I learned the hard way the first time I planted cherry tomatoes! I stupidly planted all the seeds in the pack in one pot! I had my Mom rescue them, but unfortunately most of the cherry tomato stalks did not survive. I only have one left and I am not sure if they'll bear any fruit.

Anyway, the mustasa seeds packaging said that it'll take just 55 days to harvest. I planted them on All Saints Day, so that means I'll have fresh mustasa leaves for Christmas! Woohoo!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Growing Flowers

This is my second attempt at planting zinnias. I got the first batch of seeds from Divisoria at PhP5 per pack and failed to check the expiration date since it was covered with a marker. Anyway, I waited three weeks before I accepted the fact that the seeds were not going to sprout. My Mom just said, "I told you so, you should've checked the expiration date".

It's quite hard to find flower seeds here, but luckily found some at SM Hypermarket. I lost no time in planting them on Eid-al-Adha and was surprised to see the seeds sprout three days later! I planted the seeds in about a dozen tiny pots with mixed compost soil (got a sack from a gardening shop) and been watering it diligently every morning.

If things go well I think I'll give away some as Christmas gifts =)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Where It All Started

I was forced to maintain my own garden.

Sweetie and I were just married and moved to our first home. It had a tiny garden, a plant box and there was a couple of bushes out front. The landlady also left us 2 bougainvillea planted on old pails. I was quite fine with that, but my Mom (she has the greenest thumb ever) showed up one day with 5 angel plants. She lined up the angel plants on the plant box. A few days later she came back and planted some oregano on the plant box. "To keep mosquitoes out," she said.

So I basically had no choice, but to care for the plants. For the first few weeks Sweetie took care of watering the plants everyday, but eventually he lost interest, so the chore was left to me. My Mom said I should talk to my plants. I grimaced when she told me that and told her I didn't want my new neighbors to think I was crazy.

Days and weeks passed and I eventually fell in love with my plants and I eventually asked my Mom to give us a lesson about re-potting the angel plants. She gladly obliged and was quite happy that I finally showed some interest in gardening.

So that's where it all started and I'm surprised that my interest in gardening has been growing every day. Aside from my Mom I have also been bugging a rose farm owner to give me tips and to guide me in this new hobby of mine.

Welcome to my new blog!