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My Favorite Activity… Happens in the Garden

Drenched in my own sweat, I watched my children as they roam around the garden. I could hear an ooh or an ahh occasionally. Mommy, there’s a caterpillar! Mommy, I see a wiggly worm! And before I could speak anything, one of them was already holding an insect or two. Amazed. Curious. Wondering. Ahh, let them satisfy their hunger for learning. I remind myself, just like I always did. I continued to put my very own soil mixture to each of the 30 plastic pots I bought that morning. Some  ...

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Farming, Gardening

Can Strawberries Grow in Hinoba-an?

I don’t know about you but I grew up thinking strawberries only grow in places with cold weather, which means the highlands here in the Philippines.  Thus, having lived in this side of the country, where the temperature can reach as high as 35 degrees Celsius in the summer months, strawberry is a high-priced commodity and picking the fruits fresh from the plant is a dream only those who can at least go to Baguio could afford. A couple of years ago, though, I got to know a few people  ...

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Gardening

Noela Borja–The Face of Urban Gardening in Bacolod

A few minutes past 7 am, I finally reached my destination: a small, concrete house beside a foot walk in Alunan. In front of the house is a trellis where a grapevine spreads in abundance. At the back, the Lupit River. The surrounding houses are almost similar with it but this house stands out because of the grapevine and seedlings at its front. This is the place of Ms. Noela Borja, the founder/admin of Seeds Have to Grow, a Facebook group page that joins gardeners, farmers and growers,  ...

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