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Medicinal Plant: Lemon Balm

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Botanical name: Melissa officinalis Classification Kingdom : Plantae Unranked : Angiosperms Unranked : Eudicots Unranked : Asterids Order : Lamiales Family : Lamiaceae Genus : Mellisa Species : M.officinalis History: Lemon balm is also called bee balm, sweet balm and is popular to Mediterranean and English gardens. Lemon balm leaves gives a strong pungent lemony [...]

Two Probiotics Boost Veggie Growth

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Two probiotic products that could boost organic production of vegetables and other crops were recently released by the Lactobiotics Worldwide Corporation based in Cebu City. These are the Lacto Plant and Grego Gro which have proven to be effective in boosting crop production by Cebuano and Boholano farmers who were among the [...]

How to Plant Mustard

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

  Mustard is one of the most common leafy vegetables in the market. It is rich in calcium, iron, phosphorous and vitamins. There are two mustard, the Tagalog and the Chinese. The first is smaller but more pungent than the second. It grows in any kind of well-drained soil but, if available, rich sandy loam [...]

Harvest Rain for Home Use

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Now that the rains are here, we might as well harvest them for future use. Just like what a senior scientist in India has been doing the past many years. He harvests the rain and stores the same in a huge underground tank below his house. He is Dr. M. M. Sharma, [...]

Health Benefits of Snake Gourd

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Botanical Name: Trichosanthes anguina Also known as Chinese cucumber and belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a rapidly growing vine; leaves are angular and hairy, with 5-7 lobes which emit a foetid odor when bruised. Flowers are white in color; the fruits are large and greenish white. They reach up to 150 cm. in [...]

Panyawan/Guduchi

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Plant Description Known by the common name Guduchi, Panyawan is an herbaceous vine of the family Menispermaceae indigenous to the tropical areas of India,Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is a climbing shrub typically growing in deciduous and dry forests, leaves are heart shaped, succulent bark is creamy white to grey in color, with deep clefts [...]

Steps In Vermicomposting

Friday, August 5th, 2011

VERMICOMPOSTING is composting plant materials with worms. The advantage of vermin-composting to that of the usual conventional compost pile is that the process is faster and the resulting organic soil is richer in certain nutrients provided by the earthworms themselves. It is rich in humic acid, which is a growth promoting. African Night Crawler (Eudrilis [...]

How to Plant Water Lilies/Water Hyacinth

Friday, August 5th, 2011

WATER LILY * (family Nymphaeaceae), any of 58 species in 6 genera of freshwater plants native to the temperate and tropical parts of the world. Most species of water lilies have rounded variously notched, waxy-coated leaves on long stalks that contain many air spaces and float in quiet freshwater habitats. The stalks arise from thick, fleshy, creeping underwater [...]

Abaca: Culture and Management

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

ABACA ah-b?-KAH, from Spanish “abacá” for Musa textilis)is a species of banana native to the Philippines, grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. This fibre is also known in the trade as manila and manila hemp. This plant is being harvested for its fibre. This fibre was originally used for [...]

Medicinal Plant: Pako/Fiddlehead

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Pako is widely distributed in the Philippines, being a characteristic plant on gravel bars and banks of streams. It is found from India to Polynesia. The rootstocks are stout. The wiry roots are often gathered and sold in Manila as “osmunda roots” for growing orchids, particularly Cattleyas. The stipes are green and somewhat smooth, 20 to 50 centimeters long. The fronds are 2- or 3-pinnate, 50 [...]

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