As one of my 2015 resolutions, I have begun work on my garden. Before today the only thing in my potted garden were spring onions and leeks. So with the seedlings given to me by friends and family I decided to grow my humble garden to add a few more plants.
I was able to buy teracotta pots from the market at Php50/pc. These are sturdy, heavy pots which will survive the strong winds during storm season. And by buying from the area it helps the local economy. (Win-win situation right?)
Luckily, we have potted soil with rice hull added to it. Rice hull acts like a buffer making the water flow easier through the soil to reach the plant's roots. It is also a great source of nutrients.
Slowly I transplanted my seedlings of rosemary, cadlum, and bell pepper. In addition I planted basil seeds into 3 different pots. Boy did I get my hands muddy today!
Fruits of my morning labor look lovely. I of course couldn't pass off the opportunity to put calligraphy in my new hobby --- a gold sharpie pen was the perfect tool to label the pots.
Here are the new additions to my garden:
My Facebook feed has been going crazy with storm warnings of Supertyphoon Ruby entering the Philippines and is expected to make landfall this weekend.
For a country hit last year by one of the biggest storms the world has felt in recent history, Typhoon Haiyan, having another one come so soon and hitting the same area is causing many to prepare heavily for its harsh effects.
Many websites have forecasted varying paths for the storm, but one thing is for certain is that it will be arriving soon. So this is a warning for everybody, especially those living in the Eastern Coast, to begin preparations and make smart choices -- such as evacuating.
I have taken the liberty of posting slides from the Department of Science & Technology updates regarding the storm. (Source: Gov. Joey Salceda's FB wall). Pls note in particular the slides that detail the most heavily affected areas such as Albay, Samar and Leyte. Wind strength is predicted to reach 315km/hr!
Guess how I spent my work day?
Today was very unusual in the way that our office wasn't in Legazpi and we weren't doing normal stuff. This morning Mart and I had to drive 2 hours away to Sorsogon city to give a Department of Trade & Industry sponsored talk on Green Living.
What does it mean to live "green"?
I've got to admit that I don't know much about it, just the run-of-the-mill tips that are taught to us at school such as:
2 Turn off lights when not in use
3 Close faucets
4 Segregate trash
And I didn't think much of it until I read the "Go Green, Live Rich" book by David Bach. He too was like me, a greenhorn about living green. Until he realized that by changing daily habits by making more environmentally conscientious decisions he was able to lessen his carbon footprint, save money and help the environment. He details 50 great tips towards living a greener lifestyle and although some of them are not applicable in the Philippine setting, most of them will give you a take-away feeling that being a green person is actually SIMPLE, EASY & PROFITABLE.
Some tips that really stuck are:
1. drive smartly : by using a gas efficient car or running a well maintained vehicle
2. BYOB (bring you own bag) when shopping to save on plastics and paper bags
3. Unplug unused appliances as this adds to your phantom load which is approx 5% of your monthly electric bill
4. Turn off/tightly close faucets and leaks as by not doing so you increase your water consumption
5. plant native plants (or indigenous ones) as this uses 50% less water than those that are not
6. Use CFL better yet LED bulbs that are more energy efficient and saves you money
7. Sell your junk such as old newspapers, plastic bottles for cash
8. Skip a trip by using public transport or walking to your destination
... and so much more.
See those tips weren't exactly hard things to do, and are actually pretty simple in nature. Just by doing your little bit you are able to lessen your carbon foot print and save the environment!
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