Growing Our Own Food

An essential life skill.

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Since the coronavirus pandemic happened, people in my country are encouraged to grow plants that they can actually use than spend a ton of money on a single ornamental houseplant. People with green thumbs are also persuaded to stick to vegetable gardening since growing their own herbs and spices seems more sensible, to be honest.

A very nice initiative of the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture with the help of The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is to give away vegetable seeds such as eggplant, tomato, cabbage, and string beans to the public. People just need to visit the Department of Agriculture regional field offices for the free seeds. In fact, a friend and her husband were able to get theirs when they visited the DA office here in my city. It’s a great start.

According to a Filipino agriculturist, Jaypee Estigoy, “Your effort in caring for the plants will be more worthwhile if you can use what you grow.”

Well, that seems logical. Maybe a mix of both would do the trick. A perfect balance of sorts. Some people learned to grow their own food not out of hobby but of necessity. Many lost their jobs during the quarantine and lockdowns. Even if everything was in slow motion, bills and rents still needed to be paid, mouths fed and families taken care of. Planting your own vegetable garden was necessary for others in order for them to survive. It was their only way to feed their families. Several groups also started community gardens and have been sharing their harvests with those in need. My workmate was able to buy a basket of vegetables from a traveling vendor near her house that cost a hundred Philippine peso. She said it was a week’s worth of supply and that it was one of the greatest buys of her life.

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How do we start?

What plants can we easily grow? My living condition makes it impossible for me to start my own garden. These are the usual questions or concerns that we have but I know for a fact that if there’s a will, there is definitely a way!

A YouTuber shared how he managed to have a garden on the top floor of his apartment. He has cabbages, chili, tomatoes, and a whole lot of vegetables and herbs.

I don’t have a green thumb

There are people who really wanted to try planting or growing their own vegetables at home but sadly for some, according to them, they just didn’t have the gift. They say that they’ve tried so many times but always failed.

My sister-in-law, however, has a green thumb. Sometimes, she comes home from getting her children’s modules or learning materials from school bringing with her just a stem of a plant. After a week or so, the plant has already grown. It’s like everything she plants lives. Her garden is a sight to see. It’s a mixture of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. The best part? The sunflowers, of course. She cannot even remember how many times she harvested her eggplant, okra, bell peppers, and bitter gourd! She is now earning by selling the herbs that she grew. Peppermint is one of her best sellers.

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Planting equals patience

Growing your own food takes a lot of time, patience, and nurturing. When you grow your own food, you appreciate it more because of the effort that you took to get to your table. It helps you value the efforts that our local farmers make in order to produce the supplies that we buy from the markets and grocery stores. You’ll realize how amazing nature is as well as how we really should give back because of the many things we have taken and continue to take from it. You’ll understand that we needed to slow down so that Mother Nature can heal and that we needed to slow down for us to heal.

To put everything in a nutshell,

Planting takes a lot of determination and patience. Rendering enough effort and time to conserve nature is a basic and lifetime role for us human beings. With this pandemic, we are given a lot of time to do so many things. It helped us realize to be more grateful for the things around us. This is a time for us to help restore nature and build a better environment for future generations, which is why growing our own food is essential.

🍀 Let’s help Mother Nature heal. 🍀

A wife, mom of 3, & a TEFL certified tutor. I write about Mothering, Family, Relationships, Remote work topics, and Trending matters.

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