She never had any experience in gardening but growing up, she has fond memories of her father’s garden. According to Benjamin, their house was called ‘Bahay Kubo’ by neighbors due to her father’s crops that were present in the song. “It was a way for my father to provide food to the table when he was already old and retired. And since his produce was more than we can consume, I was tasked to sell them to our neighbors. It never fails to warm my heart every time I remember those days,” said Benjamin.
“I started to research and I found out that a lot of the vegetables that I brought from the grocery can be trimmed and regrown. I experimented with them and now I have many – alugbati, kangkong, spinach, bell pepper, eggplant, and saluyot,” she said.
One time, she roamed around their village to look for plants she could ask for from neighbors and ended up getting aloe vera, oregano, and snake plants without releasing a centavo from her wallet. She now plans to add more crops to her front yard garden, including herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, and gotu kola (Centella asiatica).
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