Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lagalog Inforganic: Green Organic Fixes for Plant Mineral Deficiencies

It's summer and a nice time to tend the garden, sow new seeds, and reconnect to the earth. My earlier sowing of lettuce may have dried up due to the constant 30-35 degree heat but it won't keep me from trying. Anyway, saw an interesting and informative pictograph from www.thefreerangelife.com through Grow Your Own Food seed hop in FB and thought it useful. Kinda hard to read though so I recycled (there's a green word) the information and came up with my own illustrations for the infographic above (I call it the Inforganic). It's a free resource for organic growers, easily stored on tablets and smartphones for at-a-glance reference.

Attribution:  Content inspiration: www.thefreerangelife.com • All illustrations and layout © 2016 Oggie Ramos, www.lagalog.com

Monday, April 25, 2016

Thyme After Thyme: Straightforward Info on Planting and Caring for Herbs

The temperature's hovering somewhere around 30-31 degrees on the night I'm writing this post.  Yeah, summer's here alright and probably, the only things that really relish the heat are my ledge/balcony plants.  I've sown some lettuces some weeks back but because of the heat and some soil problems, they bolted early and dried up.  Doesn't mean I won't try again.  I'm also trying to get started on a herb garden anew even with my location's limitations on available sunlight (trying is the word).  

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There's a trove of growing information on the internet for would-be hobbyists and gardeners but my main observation is, they're all over the place.  A lot are just copy-and-paste versions of the more substantial sites.  A lot of sites also try to rehash the same info, attempting to hide them with a lot of fluff (time wasters as far as I'm concerned) that I think deserve to go into the composting pile.

One time I got fed up with reading a lot of prose that I read through the info and sifted the pertinent data, came up with my own illustrations (yes, I do draw in my spare time), and compiled the information in an easier to read compendium I entitled "Thyme After Thyme".  Hopefully, this free resource helps other people get into the planting habit.  

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I've always loved gardening and plants though of late, I'm evolving into an edible greens type.  The lack of planting space haven't deterred me one bit nor the relative short window of direct sunlight in my location.  I just have to keep learning what I can realistically grow (I wouldn't stop trying though to find out for myself instead of relying on what I just read on the net or watch on YouTube).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Maligcong, Bontoc: Songbirds In the Trees, Herbs on the Veranda, Snoring Dog Under My Bed

The morning alarm clock perched on a nearby tree
One of the privileges accorded a repeat visitor to a place is a sense of perspective.  You get to see different guests who pass through and observe their appreciation (or lack of).  Since I'm of the age where I'm past beyond just going to a place for a brag-selfie, besides declaring enjoyment when I'm not really enjoying the experience, I somehow have a disdain for the attitude of late of some locals I've encountered here and elsewhere, who act bratty and bored because of a hundred and one reasons.  It could be the fickle weather (as if anyone can flick a switch and guarantee a marvelous sunrise or breathtaking sunset).  It could be the lack of built structures or nightlife.  It could be the stoical guide or "expensive rates" (not funny that people will gladly shell so much for an overrated brand of coffee but will scrimp on services that require hard labor).  

It's well and good that a lot of people can now afford to travel.  However, that doesn't mean a license to trespass on the locals, disrespect the local rules, customs and traditions, or look (demand?) for the creature comforts of the city (that's how beautiful Boracay went south fast but that's another topic altogether).  I won't go as far as what travel writer, Paul Theroux, believes,  that "if you're not suffering, you're just a tourist" but I try to minimize my impact, respect the locals and their rules, enjoy what the place has to offer, and do my part in helping the local economy.  I'm not traveling so far to experience the same thing I'm having in the city (I mean why the heck would you want to tire yourself for the same thing?).

My recent visit to Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain Province, exposed me once again to both local and foreign tourists.  Why am I not surprised that the French guests showed more respect for the local customs and more interest in the place (besides being un-demanding despite being older) than the local guests?   Could we be taking our own places of (dis)interest for granted?  Do we go to a quiet, serene, place to add noise and be rowdy?
My adopted canine, Kunig, sleeping (snoring, sighing, dreaming) under the bed

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