It rains every day now and the grass grows faster and longer. Such a shame because I could not garden when the grass is wet with rain. I am afraid of mosquitoes and some insects sharing a home with my ornamental plants and vegetables. Mom planted taro shoots a week ago and they are nicely growing outside. Every year, the back of the house is always full of ampalaya ( bitter gourd) occupying our garden trellis permanently fixed with tie wires. Ampalaya is so easy to grow, it just need enough space to crawl through. In a month or two, you would be harvesting some for the kitchen. This morning, I harvested more than a kilo of the bonito variety and every three or four days, it would give you enough to last for a week’s supply. Most of the time though, I share my harvest with our neighbors.
One thing about organic gardening is that you are assured that the veggies you eat are pesticide-free and you can always have them freshly picked. Aside from using this for our famous Pangasinan pinakbet, one could also mix it with scrambled eggs or as fresh salad.
Tomorrow, it’s time to pick calamansi and make it into a refreshing juice. The rewards of gardening!