Category Archives: Environment

Pocket Vegetable Garden

Hubby is so excited about growing a mini vegetable garden. He started with the sili labuyo plant (chili pepper) which I bought from Halamanan sa Pasig last month. I also purchased from them three Bacularis plants which are known for their air-purifying quality.

He got inspired by the siling labuyo plant that he decided to also plant tomato seeds, spring onion stalk, more sili seeds, and later kinchay or Chinese celery.

Update: We have already picked at least eight ripened chilis. Their so small but spicy.

We’ve got tomatoes growing right here. I’m excited about this project. We’ve been planning to have our vegetable garden for so long and it is slowly being realized this year.

Update: The young onion (upper right corner) and the celery (lower right side) died. The tomatoes grew a bit.

Planting is one of the small things that made hubby and me happy these days. It’s something that eases off our stress and worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger and simple activity like this is beneficial to both our mental and emotional health

My certified plantito hubby. 😀 This batch (of the plant) will serve as a fence right outside our window to secure it from irresponsible neighbors who leave their garbage and whatnot on the sidewalk.

Bioengineering

I’m glad to have stumbled upon this photo posted by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar on his Facebook page in July. The photo showed a segment of Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

According to Sec. Villar, coco net, and vetiver grass are being utilized in the 11-km segment of TPLEX to prevent soil erosion. The photo also carries hashtags #BuildBuildBuild and #Bioengineering.

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar photo

According to Wikipedia, bioengineering means the application of principles of biology and the tools of engineering to create usable, tangible, economically-viable products.

Sun-dried coconut halves

In 2012, we were able to observe how coco nets are developed in Las Piñas. The intricate process includes, drying up coconut halves; decorticating the husks; twining the fibers; finally weaving the net.

The tour at the green social enterprises in Las Piñas was made possible by the Villar Foundation.

Decorticating machine separates coco fibers from coconut husk

Twining and weaving nets from coconut husks are just one of the social enterprises of the foundation. The other livelihood projects include handloom weaving, house waste composting, vermin composting, producing hollow blocks from trash, and crafting baskets from water hyacinths.

Worker separates fiber for twining

The development of these livelihood projects was an offshoot of an endeavor to clean and revive the Las Pinas-Zapote River.

The husks not thrown on the river were left on the sidewalks, and the city had to spend more to haul the garbage. Trash collectors failed to collect sacks of coconut husk, so they end up polluting the river.

Twining the coconut fibers to create ropes

Mrs. (now Senator) Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Foundation, met with experts from the Bicol University for the Coco Coir technology; to address the growing problem with uncollected coconut husks.

Twines are weaved in the loom to create nets

Dr. Justino Arboleda, an agricultural engineer, designed the machinery to make the coco-net. Coco Coir Enterprise utilizes coconut husk and converts them into a coco net.

Finished coco nets are being used for slope protection and control soil erosion. Las Piñas City and private developers use coco nets in various projects.

Congratulations Sec. Villar, for implementing the #bioengineering techniques to assist in the #BuildBuildBuild program of the government. This sure saves a lot of government fundings.

Upgrades To Make Before Selling Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, if you are like most people, you want to get as much money from the sale as you can. To help you do that, here are four upgrades you should make that will attract the buyers and get you the most money for your investment.

Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

1. Lighting

A dreary house will be more difficult to sell than one that is filled with sunshine and emits a bright, welcoming appearance. So, clean your windows to let the light in and add light fixtures to dark corners of your home.

2. Paint

There is a myriad of colors available to paint the walls of your home with, but if you want to sell your home for the most money, make sure every room has a neutral color paint. The light-colored walls will allow the buyers to imagine their furniture in the settings, which will help your home sell.

3. Kitchen

According to real estate professionals, money spent on improving or updating kitchens and bathrooms is well spent. You can change the faucets, add quartz countertops Pittsburgh PA, or purchase new appliances. If your home is high-end, make sure to look at the floors to see if there is a wear pattern that needs replacing.

4. Yard

If you have a fence around your yard, make sure it is mended and looks sturdy. Also, remove any dead plants and replace them with flowers or new shrubs. Don’t forget to have the dead growth of your trees trimmed back and the grass neatly clipped.

Selling your home can be as exciting as you want it to be if you are prepared. Make the property appealing to new buyers, and your home can sell almost overnight. Just use the four upgrades listed above to help you get your home ready for buyers.