current situation, our objectives now are oriented towards food production,”
reveals Luisito Bertol, the president and general manager of Manila Seedling
Bank foundation, Inc. (MSBFI). Now moving to its 25th year, MSFBI is
also into reforestation and parks development.
the seedling bank believe that space should not be a problem among city
dwellers. They have done a number of successful experiments and they know that
even condominium and townhouses’ despite space limitations.
team has developed seedlings of tomato, bell pepper, pechay, radish, okra,
patola, eggplant, upo, sitaw and ampalaya -- which can be easily grown in pots.
MSBFI suggests that instead of planting only ornamentals, add some pots of
vegetables and herbs which are great to look at, too aside from providing good
you need from seedlings to fertilizers is available at MSBFI. The friendly team
of Bertol will be happy to answer queries and help you out.
are basic vegetables growing tips designed for Metro-Manila residents:
petchay, radish, mustards, etc., should be raised in germinating boxes before
these are transplanted in gardens plots.
medium should be made of pulverized garden soil and compost. Spread the seeds
evenly and cover it thinly with compost. Water as necessary.
boxes should have holes at the bottom for proper drainage.
patola, upo, beans, okra, etc., can be planted directly into ground.
a hole about 2-3 cm. deep and place two seeds per hill. Cover the hole by
placing the topsoil first.
If there is no area available in your backyards, vegetables can be planted in
pots or empty tin cans.
that containers are filled with garden soil mixed with compost on a 50-50
ration. Containers should have holes at the bottom for proper drainage.
are susceptible to dumping off with poor drainage.
vegetables such as sitaw, patola, ampalaya, upo, squash, etc., can be raised in
the following areas: Existing shrubs or
For leafy vegetables apply urea. For fruiting vegetables, apply complete fertilizers. Avoid
direct contact with the leaves, stem and roots to prevent burning effects of the
If commercial fertilizer is not available, decomposed organic matter such
as manure, dried leaves, or even decomposed garbage can be used as fertilizers.
Urine can be diluted with water or substitute for urea.
Apply directly on the stem of fruiting vegetables.
flower sometimes do not develop into a fruit due to the absence of pollen
grains. You can artificially fertilize the flower by transferring the pollen
grains from the male flower.