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 =)