Saturday, July 4, 2020

Backyard Gardening at our Montalban Home

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"Sabi ng iba "bibili na lng ako kesa magtanim tagal mo pa aalagaan!"

Gardens and gardening are more than an interest or hobby – they are a way of life, which affects not only our physical health but also our emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.

As we journey through the seasons in gardens of all kinds, the pattern of birth, flourishing, maturation and decay sheds light on the mystery of being human.

Lets plant, plant, plant!"

On my way to our Montalban, Rizal home later to plant these papayas, mangoes, mulberries, and some other seedlings.

Checking out the veggies after more than a month away from our Montalban, Rizal home

The tomatoes survived and another smaller one is now visible, the spinach and upland kangkongs are alive but infected with the "white spots" - the fungal disease powdery mildew is a common problem in gardens, infecting a wide variety of plants and reducing the quality and quantity of flowers and fruit, 4 out of the 9 malunggay cuttings I planted on the ground survived, well I think all actually were alive and had leaves but the 5 died out of drought for the month long they were uncared for, a turmeric plant is alive and well, 3 mangoes were alive from the seeds I planted, 3 types of beans were thriving but 1 was sick from the same white spots but 1 type has fruits already (apparently they need trellis as they are vines), and the money tree was still going strong!

Good news is there is not much weeds now compared to the more than two months we left the place.

The only infected with the fungal are the upland kangkong, spinach and a bean type plant (I actually planted 4 types of bean plants just to see if they will grow and live without any care)

I believe these plants will be better if we were living here but grateful already for their survival.

Why am I happy with a few mango seedlings?

Will be letting them grow a little bit bigger until their trunks are brown, then experiment on grafting or air layering. Since I can't grow trees at our home in Maybunga, Pasig, I will do it here at our vacation home in Montalban (Rodriguez), Rizal.

I really do not know which bean plant this is, and the rest of the vine plants. I planted 4 types of beans from seeds - snap beans, cowpea, bush beans and Chinese pea...and then left them to grow on their own.

This was spinach from kitchen scrap. I planted it here and it grew and flowered after more than two months. What you see now is another month after.. It is obviously infected with fungus plant disease which it probably got from the Chinese upland kangkong (mga Chinese talaga source ng sakit)

Anyway, will get rid of these along with the other infected plants.

I still have some of the 4 types of vine beans - snap beans, cowpea, bush beans and Chinese pea.

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