Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WATCH: DIY Environment-Friendly Seeds Germination Bags

Old farmers have very practical ways of addressing problems in the farm.
One of the things I learned from my grandparents, Jose and Azucena, was how to make germination pots for vegetable seeds using banana or coconut leaves.
Since there were no plastic bags available in those days, my grandparents would just roll the leaves and pierce the end of the leaves with a pin made out of coconut leaf midrib to keep it together.
Voila! You have an organic and environment friendly vegetable seeds pot which does not have to be taken off when planting the seedlings in the field because the leaves would just decompose.
Before I left the farm yesterday to prepare for the visit of President Rody Duterte to Myanmar and Thailand starting today, I instructed my farm workers to use banana leaves as pots to germinate the Indian Moringa (Malunggay) seeds which I wanted to plant in the farm.
Malunggay seedlings are easily stressed and would wilt and die when not properly handled during transplanting.
Since the plastic bags which we used in the past had to be peeled off, the soil in the pot would at times disintegrate causing stress to the seedlings.
Yesterday, as I showed the farm workers on how to do it, my daughter Dr. Josa Bernadette, and son, Bernhart Immanuel, watched intently and even recorded it.
Dr. JB suggested that I start writing a series on practical farming lessons to be called Agriskwela.
I am very happy with the thought that I am able to pass on to my children the practical farming wisdom I learned from my grandparents.



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