Food Review Gardening Native Plants Vegetarianism

September Vegetable of the Month is Lubi-lubi (Ficus pseudopalma)

LUBI-LUBI or PALM LEAF FIG Scientific name: Ficus pseudopalma Family: Moraceae (Fig family) Common names: Lubi-lubi, Niog-niogan, Palm Leaf Fig, Philippine Fig The Philippines is home to thousands of endemic species, and one of them is a fig locally known as Lubi-lubi. I’ve known about this plant since I took up a plant taxonomy course […]

Gardening Plants

Vegetable Gardening at Home: How To Grow Bok Choy In Containers

JULY VEGETABLE OF THE MONTH IS BOK CHOY or PECHAY Scientific Name: Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage family) How to grow Bok Choy in containers is fairly easy. But before that, a little background. The word Bok Choy comes from a Chinese term that literally translates to “blue-green vegetable.” And if you stare at the […]

Gardening Health and Beauty

Amazing Arugula is Super Healthy and Easy to Grow

Among the many members of the cabbage family that I have tried planting, Arugula (also called Salad Rocket or Rucola) is the absolute winner in terms of ease of growing and resistance to pests. And I was pleasantly surprised to find out how good it is for your health, packing as much nutrients as its close relatives […]

Gardening Health and Beauty Plants Vegetarianism

Medicinal Herbs that are Mistaken for Weeds

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson There was a time when people went to their gardens rather than drugstores to get medicines. But did you know that 80% of people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicine, which for the most part uses medicinal plants? Cracks on […]

Gardening Plants Vegetarianism

Pointers for growing culinary herbs in containers

My gardening hobby has piqued the interest of some of my friends, and quite a few of them have sent me personal messages about it. They’ve asked questions that range from simple identification of species to tips on how to grow vegetables. But one of the most commonly asked questions is how to grow culinary […]