|Suello Village, Baguio City, PH
A small 400 sq meter lot behind my house that will be planted with more veggies, more fruit trees,etc mainly for main consumption and as a showcase to introduce sustainability to friends, family and for the community.
The backyard lot is on the southeast of the house. The property next to it is a 1500 sq meter vacant lot on a slope that has now become forested with tall pinetrees, alnus trees, chinese bamboos and lots of wild sunflowers and chayote vines. And it is a blessing as rich runoffs from the hill makes the lowest part of the lot rich and fertile. The upper lot definitely needs a lot of work in improving the soil quality. The lots has already existing fruit trees, banana trees and vine vegetables like chayote, sweet potato, alugbati in place. I hired 3 guys plus a relative who takes care of the house to clear the land from overgrown weeds and grasses. The trees Wr trimmed as well. With their help, we dugged a couple of swales to divert and harness the water from the hill. Built a few raised beds for vegetables. Built a small plastic house, a small tilapia pond and a chiken house which the chickens will be free ranged underneath the tree and chayote canopy. Purchased several huge wine barrel to collect rainwater to use for cleaning, washing, watering the plants and flushing the toilet. Bought a locally made rocket stove which uses only minimal amount of wood or twigs. Set up a composting area and a vermicomposting bin.
The first few months is a trial and error. It's the rainy season and with Baguio having the highest precipitation not to mention the coldest climate, there's limitation to what we can grow. My priority ,however , is to enrich the soil first and provide cover for the bare soil. Sweet potatoes, Lima beans, , bush beans, squash were planted intercropped with corn. We grew fast growing greens in the plastic house.
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