I’ve always assumed that in order for a seed to sprout it should be taken out of its fruit and be planted on the ground, but my assumptions were wrong.
We visited a friend’s house here in Palawan and it turned out that they have not harvested their cacao tree for quite some time. Some of our friends said that they would help them out since we were not doing anything.
It was the usual process for harvesting cacao seeds. Open the fruit, get the seeds and gather them. But one fruit decided to be different by making it seeds sprout inside the fruit.
I was planting eggplants before but I stopped planting because of the many pests it has here in Palawan. The Stem Borer (Euzophera perticella) was one of my many problems with planting eggplant here in Palawan.
If you’re not an experienced farmer looking at the eggplant garden would only look like they are all okay.
But on closer inspection you would see that some of the stems of the eggplant are wilting.
I’ve been watching a lot of youtube videos about hydroponics and one of the things that I notice Hydroponic Farmers have are seed starters like rockwool. What I’ve noticed about them is that they look a lot like a foam or a sponge and somehow had the idea of starting my seeds on a foam. So I did more research on growing things on foam and found out that you actually can. But there are still a lot of questions on my mind that I never read or watched on the videos. Plus what is written on the internet is really not enough, I still have to prove things on my own so I did it.
Can you start seeds on a foam? The answer is YES! And I have done it.
How did I do it?
I went to a general merchandise shop here in Roxas, Palawan and looked for a dishwashing foam and found one. The yellow one is 5 Pesos/piece (4″ x 3″ x 2″) and the blue one is 10 Pesos/piece (8″ x 3″ x 2″).
I was very happy that at least one is alive after 5 days of transplanting. The leaves are now greener and healthier. The roots have also added in their number. It just feels great to do something succesful.
When I was still in elementary I had this fascination of the Makahiya. It’s usually treated as a weed as it grows almost everywhere. The remarkable trait of this weed is that when you touch its leaves during the day time it abruptly folds or closes. Thus it is called the Makahiya, or in plan simple english “The Shy One”.
Usually it’s a foe because it grows where you do not want it to grow. It also have torns that really hurts. I remember a farmer telling me that he was happy to have boots because the makahiya could no longer hurt him.