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Friday, 15-Apr-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Gardening 101

Since leaving the corporate world months back left me with more time to spare for my interests, I have dabbled in several things â?? planning for business expansion (retail), digital photography, photo editing, art appreciation and gardening. (I havenâ??t forayed into cooking yet. Iâ??m not necessarily proud of this one, but I keep putting off learning how to cook for as long as I could. Haha!)

As a beginner, the easiest way to start with gardening is to buy perennials. This loosely refers to flowering plants that bloom all year round. Start with those that are easy to care for like gumamela, sampaguita, bougainvillea, and kumintang, and not the more exotic expensive varieties. This was what I did a couple of months ago.

I bought several clay-looking plastic pots (more durable, lighter and easier to move around). I brought these pots to the gardening shop and filled each with plants that already had blooms. Voila! I now have an instant container garden.


My "babies" add color to my balcony

I have yet to find out which time is best for watering. Some gardening literature and websites say morning is best, some say afternoon. I water mine in the morning before the sun gets really hot.

Apart from watering, to maintain healthy blooming plants, I only need to put these under the sun, cultivate the soil as necessary and put slow-release fertilizers on the soil every month. Thatâ??s all there is to it. The steps arenâ??t too hard are they?

Oh yes, talking to these greens probably helps too. Just make sure the next-door neighbors donâ??t hear you.


This ornamental "sili" makes my coffee table look "HOT"


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