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Green chili and pechay for Sinigang, eggplant for torta, and lettuce for your samgyupsal are just some of the vegetables you can literally grow even in a small living space. Yes, space and resources are not limitations in having your own harvest. How? Reuse plastic containers

Try container gardening! Reuse empty plastic bottles, baskets, tetra juice packs, cans, and basins as containers in cultivating edible plants, instead of growing directly on the ground.

Apply waste as organic fertilizer

For starters, commercial mixtures of garden soil and organic materials are usually the first option. However, this will cost you more especially when you are planning to expand your garden. You don’t have to buy soil all the time. It is wiser to convert your waste into organic fertilizer . Wastes from kitchen such as vegetable and fruit peels are fast decaying matters.

Other sources may just be around your neighborhood. Rice hulls from ice stores, coco peat or coco coir dust, and sawdust from lumber shops are just some of the options to have the healthiest soil for your crops.

Use space wisely

Ever heard of vertical gardening? This is simply maximizing vertical spaces at your home by hanging containers with vegetables, herbs, and root crops. Vertical gardens take up less space your edible plants are easier to harvest and stress-free to maintain. You need to remember that this requires enough sunlight, strong base for wooden base or walls, and ladder for taller gardens. Also, don’t forget to ask yourself on how you’re going to water them while in vertical or hanging.

Water well

Did you know that you can use conserved water from hand dish washing and laundry in irrigating your plants? You’ve read it right! However, it is recommended to utilize the less concentrated water or the second and last batch rinsed water.

Having mentioned the tips above, it is necessary to learn and master the basic skills in gardening such as seed germination, transplanting, pest control, and sustainability. If you can nurture flowers, succulents, and ornamentals, which are common these days, why not switch to vegetable and some herbs?  While it is a beauty seeing flowering plants, it is also important to have food on the table.

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