A SEAFARER GROWS FOOD USING RAISED BED AND CONTAINER GARDENING

Agriculture|May - June 2020

A SEAFARER GROWS FOOD USING RAISED BED AND CONTAINER GARDENING
IN THE MIDST of the global crisis that we are experiencing today due to COVID19, many people are starting to realize the importance of growing food for security and convenience. Gardening can be a great starting point if you want to grow your own nutritious vegetables at home.
VINA MEDENILLA

One of the gardening types that you can do on your rooftop, balcony, or backyard is raised bed gardening. Raised bed gardening is where the plants are sowed in a constructed, elevated bed above the ground. It is suitable for planting vegetables, herbs, and ornamental plants.

Ronaldo Polo Rojo, an active seafarer, and gardener in Zamboanga City, uses this kind of gardening. He currently has two raised beds set for vegetables in his 100 square meter home garden. One bed is for pechay mixed with alugbati and the other raised bed is for tomatoes.

INTERCROPPING PECHAY AND ALUGBATI

In intercropping pechay and alugbati, you must plant pechay first as it grows faster than alugbati. Pechay can be harvested after 25 to 45 days. You can plant alugbati two weeks after planting pechay. The alugbati’s leaves can be harvested after 30 to 40 days. Alugbati has a long lifespan and if you trim it, they tend to multiply more, Rojo said.

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