You might recall a month or so ago, Feyma had an article here on LiP where she told about an Organic Garden/Farm here in Davao City. We found the place back around the end of March or so based on the suggestion from a couple of friends. When we went there, we were really shocked at the selection of items the have, and also the freshness. If you want any kind of vegetables, salad greens or whatever, they will pick it for you while you wait, or you can even pick it yourself. It just doesn’t get much fresher than that!
After I got very sick in February/March of this year, and spent some time in the hospital during March, I decided it was time to get my diabetes under control once and for all. My sickness was not exactly connected or due to diabetes, but being diabetic made it worse, and made it harder to get better. So, I made two big changes. First, I changed my diet drastically. After I felt well enough, I started getting more regular exercise. Doing the kind of work I do at the computer, it can be too easy to just sit here at the keyboard hour after hour. That just is not healthy, so I decided to change it.
In terms of changing my diet, I started eating a lot of fish, a bit of chicken and almost zero beef or pork. I also increased my intake of vegetables. Part of that increased intake of veggies involved buying high quality vegetables from vendors like Wynward Valley Organic Vegetable Garden. I went there just once, but after that Feyma made regular trips to Wynward to buy different types of vegetables. Mostly, we purchased salad greens, tomatoes and such – things for making great salads at home. Only problem was, Wynward is quite a distance from where we live.
What was the solution?
Start our own Urban Garden!
Yes, that’s right, we started our own Urban Organic Garden, right in our back yard. Feyma’s sister, Sally, and her husband, Jun, came up to Davao for the past week or so and helped us put our garden together.
We copied many of the things that Wynward is doing with their Organic Garden. Actually, Rodelio, the owner of Wynward was very helpful to us in doing this, and we appreciate his assistance. We bought a lot of plants and other supplies from him. One of the main features that Wynward does and we are doing is using “vertical” gardening, see the picture with the bottles all hooked together on the wall. You can really plant a lot in a small space using this technique. It works great, and is inexpensive to do as well.
We have so many different things growing.
Some of our “crops” in the garden include:
- 4 different types of lettuce
- cherry tomatoes
- several different types of mint
- lemon grass
- kang kong (a local crop similar to spinach)
- Basil – several varieties
- chili peppers
- green onions
- many other things that I can’t remember! 🙂
So far, so good. It’s all looking good, and getting bigger each day. I think by 2 weeks from now we will be able to eat salads daily from our urban garden! I can’t wait!
Growing a nice garden right in the city. It’s fun, exciting and healthy! Thanks to Rodelio for his assistance, and to Sally and Jun for the help they gave us too!