- For pots, instead of buying those little plastic pots, I used ice cream bins which I've accumulated over the years. Of course they have to be washed, bleached and dried to make sure they're clean to avoid growth of fungi. I also made some holes at the bottom for drainage purposes.
- The ice cream bin cover will also serve as the flat bed to help trap the moisture as well as the soil as it drains.
- I used water directly from the faucet.
- No need for gloves. I just used my bare hands.
- If you know how to make compost and you have a rich soil in your lot, use that. As for me, Our frontyard and backyard are cemented so I had to buy a soilless potting mix from Red Earth available in Ace hardware store, Festival Mall branch. It's only about Php80.00 per pack.
- I got my seeds at Ace as well for less than Php50.00. There are also vegetable seeds available in National Bookstore, Festival Mall branch at less than Php50.00 per pack.
The most important thing to note here is that you don't have to spend a lot when making your very first mini vegetable garden. You can use things you already have. As for the seeds, they're not that expensive and you can plant one kind of seed at a time.
To be continued...
Here's a little background as to why I seem to be suddenly interested in indoor farming or making my own mini vegetable garden: