Starting Pechay Seeds on a Foam/Sponge

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.

My 3 styrofoam cups where I put my pechay seedlings that grew on a foam
My 3 styrofoam cups where I put my pechay seedlings that grew on a foam

 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″).

The foams I bought from the General Merchandise Store
The foams I bought from the General Merchandise Store

Then I cut the yellow one into 1″ x 1″ x 2″ and cut a 1/4 inch deep slit on the foam so I could place my pechay (Bok Choy) seeds on them. Continue reading Starting Pechay Seeds on a Foam/Sponge

Transplanting to Hydroponics: Sili Labuyo Alive and Dead

We transplanted 2 Sili Labuyo Seedlings (Bird’s Eye Chili) on September 25, 2013 and I get to check them out yesterday (September 30, 2013). So 5 days after one of them is dead and the other is still alive.

The Alive One

The Alive Sili Labuyo after transplanting to Hydroponics
The Alive Sili Labuyo after transplanting to Hydroponics

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.

The roots have increased their numbers.
The roots have increased their numbers.

What we did when we transplanted this 5 days before was we placed it on plain water that we get from our faucet. We did not add anything to it. Continue reading Transplanting to Hydroponics: Sili Labuyo Alive and Dead

Unknown Tomato Disease

I know very little about tomato plants, but I’ve read many times on different references that tomatoes are actually almost equivalent to a person with a weak immune system. Tomato plants are prone to have diseases.

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out what type of disease does my tomato plant has. Searched through different sites here on the internet but there’s none that has the description of my plant disease.

Below are a few pictures on my tomato plants. Specifically, it affects the leaves.

Newly Infected Leaf
Newly Infected Leaf

Notice on the photo above that it somehow has paths. Continue reading Unknown Tomato Disease

Not-so-Random Lady at the Jeepney

On my way home from the Livestock Philippines Expo 2011, I rode a jeepney going to MRT Taft Station from SM Mall of Asia. As I went on the passenger side beside the jeepney driver, I noticed the woman that I was sitting with had the same bag that I got from the Expo.

Wanting to learn more on where to get proper education on livestock I asked if she has a piggery which she hesitantly answered. Turns out she was a teacher in Sorsogon State College and she was teaching Animal Husbandry. Amazing!

During our very short talk, I learned that I could go to Lipa, Batangas and head straight to the back of SM Lipa for the International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH).

I told her about my plan on moving out of the city and do some farming. She encouraged me on my plan and told me about her neighbour who was also on computers but ended up successful in agriculture. I hope that’s the story of my life. Continue reading Not-so-Random Lady at the Jeepney

Livestock Philippines Expo 2011

I’ve been telling people around me about my future plan to leave the world of Information Technology (I.T.) and go to the mysterious and adventurous world of Agriculture. By luck, it has reached the ears of one my parent’s churchmate and she gave me a VIP ticket to the Livestock Philippines 2011 Expo. The VIP ticket also has a complimentary product from ATOVI (I don’t know what this is!).

The Livestock Philippines 2011 Expo is a specialized event for feed, livestock, aquatic and meat processing as the organizers of Agriculture Expos found that it is necessary to have a different event for the said specializations. The theme for this years Expo is “Improving Food Safety and Security in Livestock Production” and was held at the SMX Convention Center at Pasay City from December 8 to 10, 2011.

The Downgrade

In the VIP ticket I had to fill up a form that needs a company, position and other stuff that I do in the farm. Problem is I do not have a farm yet nor do I know anything about farms! I just went there to learn. So I left all those items blank.

When I arrived at the registration area, there were different registration sites for visitors and VIP/media. Naturally, I went to the VIP/media but only after taking a few photos of the banners outside. “Uy, media.” a receptionist said to another receptionist. I gave my VIP ticket. “VIP po pala kayo sir. Anong company ninyo? Anong position ninyo? May farm po kayo?” All I said was, I don’t have a company nor a position nor a farm. “Sir, visitor pala kayo. Visitor ID nalang po ang ibibigay ko sa inyo.” In truth, I was a bit agitated with the downgrading but by logical sense I do not have anything to prove that I am a VIP nor a mediaman nor do I know what’s the difference between a VIP to a normal visitor. I was just there to learn. So I agreed to becoming a normal visitor since it also was free. Anyways, goodbye complimentary ATOVI!

Wow! Wow! Wow!

It was my first time on such an Expo. I did not know what to expect. When I saw automated systems for feeding, chicken dressing and many more. The geek within me came alive! I want to know how that works and how it helps in the production of livestock! I was ecstatic to see many cool machines.

Automatic Chicken Dresser
Automatic Chicken Dresser
Automatic Feed Distributor for Chickens
Automatic Feed Distributor for Chickens
I do not know what this is but it was huge
I do not know what this is but it was huge

There was also a booth where they sell instrumentation equipments for analysis of food, feeds and other needed stuff for farming! Ding! Ding! Somehow that made me feel that I’m not really away from what I studied in college because I had my specialization in the Instrumentation, Robotics and Control (IRC) Laboratory in UP Diliman. Thanks PHILAB Industries, Inc.!

Philab Industries Inc. Booth
PHILAB Industries Inc. Booth

People from the booth were friendly and approached me and was always asking “Sir, from what company are you?” which I always answered “I’m not related to any company. I’m just here to learn because I want to do farming.” Then they would smile and get excited for me pursuing my dreams. Thanks to the people who encouraged me! 🙂

After all the excitement had passed and with all the new equipment that I now know exists I realized that for a starting farmer like me that has very minimal money I could not afford such fancy equipments. Somehow, it made me afraid but I quickly changed my mindset that though I may not afford them now, hopefully the farm that I will be making would somehow grow and be able to afford this big equipments if and only if I really need them.

The most useful thing that I saw in the Livestock Philippines Expo 2011 is actually just 2 books from Marid Agribusiness Digest. I was going to buy them but I realized that I only had 200 Pesos on my pocket which also included my fare back to my house. In short, those two I also could not afford.

Marid Agribusiness Digest Publications
Two books that I needed

The Missed Events

I was planning to go to the expo yesterday (December 9, 2011) but had to postpone my visit because of an appointment in my former office for my clearance which I was processing for 6 months! I was in the expo to learn and I missed the SEMINARS!!!!!!!

Seminar Schedule at Livestock Philippines Expo 2011
Click on the image for a larger view of the Seminar Schedules at Livestock Philippines Expo 2011

The truth is I was on the watch out for those seminars. I’ve looked at their website at and their e-brochure, there were nothing that says the date and time of the seminars. This is a room for improvement for the organizers.

Livestock Philippines Expo 2011 Website Screenshot
Livestock Philippines Expo 2011 Website Screenshot

Anyways, yesterday my clearance was finished. Somehow, I am happy about it but I still wish I had attended the seminars and learn more.


How to Make Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ)

Number of Days to Make: 7 Days

Things Needed

  • Knife for chopping
  • 1 kilo of Ripe Fruit Meat
  • 1 kilo of Molasses
  • Jar
  • Paper
  • String

How to Make

  1. Prepare the Ripe Fruit Meat by peeling the skin and removing the seed of the fruit.
  2. Chop the Ripe Fruit Meat into little pieces. About the size of a 10 peso coin (1 inch diameter) will do.
  3. Put the chopped ripe fruit meat inside the jar.
  4. Put the kilo of molasses in and mix.
  5. Cover the jar with paper and tie it securely with the string.
  6. Leave the jar in a cool and dry place for 7 days to ferment. Away from sunlight and rain.
  7. After 7 days, separate the liquid from the solids. The liquid is the Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ).

Continue reading How to Make Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ)