Friday, July 23, 2010

Growing Pechay in Pots


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Growing Pechay in Pots
by: Felix Daray, published in Agriculture Magazine,July 2009


Gardening has always been a favorite pastime of many people including me. That’s simply because it’s a relief from stress and brings joy, especially when it’s harvest time.

I am growing pechay organically in my backyard. I have 15 pots planted to pechay, and I enjoy sharing my harvest with my friends and neighbors. Likewise, I want to share my little knowledge on backyard gardening for the benefit of those who are interested in it, too.

I suggest to those who are planning to establish a garden to select an area that is exposed to sunlight and is near the kitchen. With the garden being one stone’s throw away from the kitchen, it would be convenient to water the crops with rice wash or with fish or meat wash, which are all good for the plants as these contain nutrients and minerals. Preventing infestation would be easy, too, as it would be easy to see
from the kitchen window the condition of the crops.

I also suggest that they construct a stand to elevate the pots to maximize use of space. Fill the pots with humus soil or compost. Plant one seed in small pots and two in bigger pots through direct seeding. When the pechay begins to sprout, start to water the same with either rice wash or fish- wash or meat wash.

As for pest management, I inspect my pechay plants every morning to see if there are tiny holes or scratches on the leaves. These are indications that the plants are infested with small pin worms or cutworms. I remove these greenish black worms using a stick and puller.

I start to harvest after 30 days. I do not uproot pechay plants until these start flowering. Pechay grow up to four months. Replace the soil in the pots with new garden soil and replant again.

By Felix B. Daray

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9 comments:

  1. when i was in bohol we practiced also by planting pechay in a pot....we dont have any space for gardening so my parents decided sa pot nalang. Not just pechay but we have tomatoes , bell peppers and unions.

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  2. Please try this at home. It is simple and easy.

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  3. exactly , pwedi kasi ito sa mga bahay na wlang space for gardening.

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  4. My point is to encourage the use of washed water in the kitchen as organic fertilizer.It's recycling our waste.

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  5. pwede po ba yung maraming seeds sa isang pot lang po

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  6. Pwedeng 4 seeds pero hindi tumubo ng kasinlaki kong isa lang.

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  9. hello po.. wen its time to harvest..wer do we find the seeds on the plant to plant again or do we just cut the leaves n leave the roots in the soil ? Ive never really planted anythin before but I'm planning to

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