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Introduction

Getting Started

Crops

Dealing w/ Pest

Organic Insect Spray

Composting

Hydroponics

Sourcing 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING STARTED

 

Select a Location:

 

Favorable Sunlight

Any location will do as long as it has access to a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight each day.  It can be either morning or afternoon sun, or even a combination of morning and afternoon sun.  As long as the total sunlight received is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, your plants are sure to grow healthy. 

Air Movement

Another factor to consider regarding the actual location of our container farm garden is the amount of air movement.  There must be sufficient breeze so that the water used in watering our container farm can evaporate readily in the daytime. 

Too much wind will result in "wind burn"; the leaves dry out and break.  But insufficient air movement will cause the plants to get waterlogged and will induce the growth of fungus, which will lead the plant to rot.

Choosing What to Plant:

In choosing what to plant in your backyard or roof deck, there are 3 important factors to keep in mind:

1.  Select a variety of vegetables with nutritional diversity

2.  Easy to manage

3.  Choose a more productive and preferably tolerant to common pests and diseases.

Soil Mixture

For a successful container farming, one important factor is the planting medium.  Container farming requires a specific soil mixture to be used.  Ordinary garden soil on it's own is not enough since it doesn't have the sufficient properties necessary to promote healthy plant growth.

Choosing Containers

In designing the containers for your city farm garden, you can choose from a wide variety of used containers that you normally throw out with your garbage.  There are countless items you can recycle like old tin cans, old tires, plastic containers for cooking oil, soy sauce, catsup, fruit juice, and mineral water. 

 

You can also use styropor fruit cases which is my favorite for planting vegetables like pechay, lettuce, chinkang, mustard, and etc.  Tires can use to grow vine vegetables like ampalaya, patola, upo, and etc.

All our containers should have drainage holes to make it easier for us to water our plants without getting them waterlogged.

 

 

 

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