Start Your Rooftop Organic Vegetable Garden

Junior's organic tomato on his
rooftop garden.
My bible disciple, Junior, started his rooftop organic vegetable garden about two years ago. Living in a densely populated part of the Bicutan suburbs, he dreamed of having his own vegetable garden someday, even an entire farm. Then he attended our company's organic farming seminar (when I was still connected with the company) and heard some tips from me on home organic vegetable gardening.

Healthy looking white squash
or upo grown from his rooftop.
He started his organic garden and today he regularly harvests home grown organic vegetables. It produces so much that he sells and sometimes even gives them away. How did he start? Having no vacant area in his property to get soil from, he gathered vegetable peels and rejects and made a compost of them in a container. Soon, it rot and turned into something like soil. He placed it in containers and planted vegetables in them.

He also grew worms from the rotting vegetables and raised them. Their feces or stools became powerful fertilizers which he used to grow the vegetables. Everything was healthy organic. And the beauty of it all was that everything was easy to do. Just produce the "veggie soil," containers, and veggie seeds. Plant and then water them daily, plus the "veggie worm" fertilizer. Presto! You have a productive home rooftop organic vegetable garden!

Reddish organic Okra grown from
his rooftop.
If you don't have a rooftop, then place it in your garage or a small corner in your yard where there is enough sunlight. Construct stair-shelves where you can place the containers on and save space. If you use your garage, make sure enough sunlight reaches there. If not, then start a morning and afternoon ritual--put the plants (in containers) where there is sunlight and then return them to the garage after--early mornings (6 or 7 am) and late afternoons (4 or 5 pm).

Just look at the reddish organic okra on the right. My guess is that it's probably rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin, which produces the bright colors in plants. Scientists say brightly colored fruits and veggies have anthocyanin.

Junior noticed something interesting--no pests to harm the plants, leaves or fruit. A farming expert I know once said that organic plants released plant chemicals that insects hated. So, let's all go back to organic farming.

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