Pursuing my Dream of Becoming a Sili Labuyo Farmer

When I moved here in Palawan to do farming, one of my major goals was to farm a lot of Sili Labuyo.

From my frequent trips to the local market and supermarket of Metro Manila they always tell me that the long red chili they have was sili labuyo. Unfortunately, it is not Sili Labuyo. I do not know what that was but the Native Sili Labuyo I grew up with were short, red and hot. That is what I want to plant.

Sili Labuyo Sprout

Being the non-experienced farmer that was easily swayed by suggestions last year, I never got to pursue my dream of becoming a Sili Labuyo farmer. Now, after a year of failures and lessons, I’m refusing to give up as a farmer. I will now be firm with my decisions and only pursue a few projects that I am capable of supporting personally.

Sili Labuyo Sprouts
Sili Labuyo Sprouts

I’m now startming my sili labuyo project by starting the few seeds of the Native Sili Labuyo from a friend. Currently, there are only 17 seeds that sprouted. Some may die during transplanting or while growing up, but even if there is only one that grows well then I’m sure I could reproduce it to many more sili labuyo.

I’m starting again. This time slower and only to what my abilities can do.

Carbonized Rice Hull – The Easier Way of Making

So you’ve heard about the wonderful effects of the Carbonized Rice Hull (CRH) or what we Filipinos locally call “uling na ipa ng palay”. But when you researched on how to make it,you found it difficult since you still have to make a structure that has a chimney to produce it.

Rice Hull - Ipa ng Palay
Rice Hull

Was that contraption that has a chimney really necessary on making Carbonized Rice Hull? The answer is a straight NO!

You can actually make Carbonized Rice Hull without the machine. But it would take a lot longer than when you have one. Continue reading Carbonized Rice Hull – The Easier Way of Making

Trying the Bokashi Compost Method

7 days ago I researched about the Bokashi Method of composting. Most that I have found out is that it takes around 2 weeks or 14 days to harvest and a lot of technical stuff.

Since I wanted to try it as soon as possible, the next day I tried making one with my limited resources and it worked.

I’m not sure if you can all what I did a Bokashi Composting Method but here’s what I used. Continue reading Trying the Bokashi Compost Method

Mexican Bean Bug pest to my Eggplant

Last year I planted 150 eggplants on an elevated plot which was formerly a rice paddy. The plants were healthy when they were growing. I saw what seems to be a Red Lady Bug and I was really happy.

Turns out that the Lady Bug is actually a pest in the field. It was a Mexican Bean Bug that was usually mistaken for a Lady Bug. Most of them were colored orange but they also came in colors of orange.

Mexican Bean Bug
Mexican Bean Bug at a Sunflower

They would lay their eggs on the bottom of the leaves, away from the sunlight and when they hatch they would eat the leaves. Though not fully.

People around the farm suggested that I spray insecticide, which I eventually gave into. We sprayed and the bean bugs left. A week after they came back.

Bad Mexican Bean Bug. Bad.

Mexican Bean Bug back shot
Back shot

I should have sticked to the plan of spraying Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) once a week to prevent this outburst. I’ll try this very soon and I hope it works.

Aphids on Pechay Leaf

I was looking at a newly harvested Pechay Leaves when I noticed that there were yellow insect eggs on the under side of one of the leaves. So I took my camera to take a picture of it in macro level.

Aphids

What I saw it through my camera the eggs were moving! It turns out they were aphids.

They were cute but a problem to a farmer.

Aphids Macro Photo

Oh well, we just washed it of the leaf and threw it on the Nilagang Baboy that we were making.

Radishes Sold – My very first sell

I just sold 6.9 kilograms of my radishes and it felt good.

It’s my first time to sell my produce as for the past year I have failed to take care of my crops for various reasons.

I was reluctant to sell at the retailers at the market so I asked help from one that I know who is experienced in selling their produce to the retailers. Apparently, she has a trusted buyer of her produce and that’s where we went straight to.

I gave my radishes, they checked it and saw that they were good. I asked for the price and they said that it’s 30 Pesos per kilogram. Wooo! Good enough for me.

So I happily sold my radishes and went home.

I’ll harvest my other radishes and sell it to them again on the following days. 🙂

Contemplating on how to sell my Radish

It has been exactly 45 days since I planted my radish seeds. According to the seed packet this is the exact day that I should harvest them. True enough many are now in good size to harvest though there are still those that are smaller than the usual marketable size. Still there are plenty of radishes for me to sell.

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I went to the local market 3 days ago and asked the retailers how much do they sell their radishes, one answered 50 pesos per kilogram.
Continue reading Contemplating on how to sell my Radish

Legumes and its importance

Legumes are plants that could convert nitrogen from the air to a nutrient that it could use. The process of converting nitrogen to a nutrient useful to a plant is nitrogen fixation.

Not all plants has the ability to collect nutrients from the air. Actually most fruits and vegetables used in the kitchen are not legumes.

One of the problems in farming is that when you harvest nitrogen deficiency occurs. With this legumes play a big part in maintaining the nitrogen in the soil.

The next problem is though legumes can provide nitrogen to itself it cannot share it to the other plants. That’s why most legumes are treated as sacrificial plants because in order for the nitrogen collected by the legume to be available in the soil for other plants it should die and decay.

Fortunately, beans can be harvested first before you kill the plant.

Stinking Lactic Acid Bacteria Serum (LABS)

14 days ago I collected a rice wash and let it stand for 7 days, then I added milk to it. Earlier today, I visited where I placed the mix and it seriously stunk!!!!

Maybe it was a natural occurrence when creating the LABS I first thought.

When I was on my way home waiting for a bus I met another organic farming practitioner on a nearby farm and he told me that the stink is a sign of pathogens! He said that if I would spray that stinking concoction that I made it would lead to my plants getting sickness and dying.

So off we went to my makeshift laboratory and he said it seriously stunk! He looked at the LABS I made and told me that due to the occurrence of worms it became a pathogen.

He also told me that if I put Effective Micro-Organisms (EMO) in it, it could lead to the EMO killing the pathogens and it would still be ok to use the serum.

So what we did was we threw some of the pathogenic LABS on some of the grass and see if it would die. If it dies then we have an organic herbicide. 🙂

The left pathogenic LABS was then mixed with EMO. Hopefully, it kills the smell and we could still use it as an agent to hasten decomposition.

Hopefully, both experiments would turn ok. If not, back to the drawing board.

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