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Lola Do’s Container Veggie Garden

Growing up, I thought my mom was my complete opposite. Now that I am a mom myself, I see a lot of my mom’s key traits in me. Like her, I like to read  on topics that affect or may affect my family. I have grown to hate clutter although Mom’s tolerance is much much lower. I hate eyesores but that ends there. Mom would proactively look for clutter, clutter that I don’t even recognize, and fix the place up. Like Mummy, I would be happy to stay at home rather than spend Friday nights with friends. Lately, Mummy and I developed a special interest in gardening. We have been interested in plants for quite sometime but it was only last April when we started to take care of plants that will give us food eventually.

Look at what I saw in her container garden. Oh wait, let us define container gardening first, shall we? Take out your dictionaries as this definition might be too scientific for you. Container gardening is gardening in containers. Haha. Instead of planting the plant directly into the land, plants are planted in containers. When space is limited, but enthusiasm is not, container gardening is the way to go. Mommy actually has  a vast lot behind her house but she prefers her container garden, situated right beside the house, in the then-piggery, now parking space slash sampayan.

In Los Banos, the local government supports gardening by giving free seeds and compost. I wonder how the local government of other towns and cities support urban farming. Whenever I pass by a squatter’s area or see a beggar, I can’t help but wish that the container-gardening bug would bite them too. Instead of asking people for money or complaining about how poor they are, if they get into planting their own food, they would be self-sufficient. Malunggay, one of the most nutritious plants ever, needs almost zero maintenance.

Anyhoo, I would like to share images from my mom’s veggie garden.

Ginger in a used plastic box

Seedlings in styropore

Seedlings in taho plastic cups

Cranberry in a jumbo laundry soap container

Onion and garlic in old shelves

In old tyres


Upland Kangkong


Most of her other plants are in these black plastic planting bags


Okra, tomatoes and eggplants

Some pretty flowers

Can’t remember if these are chives or garlic

Okra flower.If you would like to have a gardening project with your kids, I super recommend starting with okra. It is easy to grow and  bears fruits fast. Plus the flowers are really nice.

What is also great about container gardening is that it allows the urban farmer to creatively re-use the trash that would otherwise be sent to our landfills.

If you are looking for a resource, I highly recommend, Urban Agriculture, a book published by the Central Luzon State University. Almost everything, from source of seeds to different types of containers are discussed in the book.

Happy gardening!

5 thoughts on “Lola Do’s Container Veggie Garden

  1. thanks for this reminder maqui! sana sipagin na ako to start our urban garden kahit condo living na kami…. =|

    is the book you recommended available in regular bookstores?

  2. Both our moms gave us the gardening bug. We moved from the province to Quezon City and she started her garden in containers. When she was retired she moved to Bicol where she was originally from and she started container garden in their temporary quarters. She came to the states and helped me with my kids and she and my father now had a larger garden to plant their favorite vegetables. Ten years before their death, my parents went back to the Philippines and again started their backyard gardening in their home. How can I not be influenced with their passion for gardening……

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