What’s New: Gardening Infographics

We have a new main menu (with sub-pages) on the DIY Backyard Gardening blog that’s dedicated to curated gardening infographics. Like other types of infographics, these were created by their original owners to provide informative illustrations on specific topics. My aim is to provide additional information that’s easier to read (especially for those who are busy and do not have the luxury of reading long posts) and share with your fellow gardener-friends. This menu is  a work in progress as I will continue to search and share gardening infographics that will best fit our goals as home gardeners. Enjoy!

Updating This Backyard Gardening Blog

Dear readers of DIY Backyard Gardening Adventures. My sincerest apologies if you’ll find the blog a little different, but quite familiar in terms of the theme. I’ve used this theme before, but opted to use another one due to cleaner look and feel. However, this DIY backyard gardening blog has a static header page menu which is not ideal for the amount of sub-pages available – making reader’s navigation experience not too pleasant. That’s why we are going to use the prior theme for this reason. Thank you for your understanding.

Practical Gardening Tips

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Here’s a presentation I’ve created on SlideShare on practical gardening tips. These are quite basic and easy to understand especially for beginner gardeners. I hope you’ll find it useful and helpful for your front and/or backyard garden. Update: Guys, please click on the image to head over to SlideShare. Embedding the slide presentation here slows down the upload time of the site. Thank you!

Backyard Gardening Project: How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder

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I’ve created a how-to guide on making a bird feeder a week ago and I hope you’ve tried it at home, too. It’s really easy and cheap. And you’ll be feeding wild birds (and even sneaky mice if you’re from the Philippines) in no time. Here’s what mine looks like: Not pretty, I know. But it’s functional and costs nothing. Just a few minutes and a little creativity. Try it and tell us when you’re done. Enjoy!    

The October 2014 UPLB Garden Show – Part 1

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It’s been two weeks since me and my sis went to second leg of the bi-annual LBHS / UPLB Garden Show. Went to the college town of Los Banos, Laguna on the 10th and met with my sister within the campus, at the show’s venue. However, it was too darn late to take good pictures, so we went back the following morning which was just the second day of the show. It’s kind of disappointing to find very minimal exhibits that revolve around this moth’s theme: Fruit-bearing trees.  I’m not sure if there were more exhibits on the days that followed til the 19th. The venue’s pavilion did not disappoint with the usual exhibit of tropical plants that greet attendees. It was truly a wondrous site to see. The lovely gigantic bromeliads and colocasias, colorful aglanoemas (Chinese Evergreens), ferns, anthuriums, and ornamental reddish-brown grass are stunning. The outdoor exhibits, as I mentioned, were minimal in terms of variety and presentation. But that’s probably all there is during the first days of the garden show. I do hope the last few days had additional species on display. These are the plants and fruit trees on display during our attendance at the 2nd Continue Reading →

UPLB Garden Show October 2014

This is it! I’m going to the UPLB Garden Show this October! I just got word from my sister that the second installment of the bi-annual Los Banos Horticulture Society’s Flower and Garden Show (a.k.a. UPLB Garden Show) is on October 10 to 19. There’s a Php25.00 Php20.00 entrance fee, if I’m not mistaken; and the gates will be opened at around 8 am. The show’s usual venue is at the Seniors’ Social Garden. See you there!  

Indoor Gardening with Cacti and Pothos

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Indoor gardening is a great excuse to buy cacti last weekend. I wanted other types of desert plants, but the seller told me they’ll have succulents next month (if their mother store will supply them). Gardening indoors is a way to augment my view since I work hours in front of a computer. Although my windowsill garden is just a glimpse away, I always thought of putting plants on top my large office table. The only dilemma I have is not having a proper camera to take proper photos of my new plants. It’s been a year since my digital camera gave up, so I have to resort to using a mobile phone’s camera; hence, the sub-par photos on this gardening blog and on my cooking/recipe blog. My apologies. But this doesn’t deter me from taking photos. So, here they are… A little dark ‘coz they were taken at night time. I used three old PET bottles which were sliced in half and I took the bottom halves to plant these cacti and pothos vine. I added purple and red ribbons just to add color to the plastic bottles and to add contrast to the greens. I kept the other Continue Reading →

Garden Supply Stores In Our Area

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I have answered a couple of visitors’ comments on my blog and also several email inquiries about the places to buy garden plants. However, I can only give them recommendation based on where I actually bought our garden plants. I live in the province of Laguna and there are many garden supply stores and landscapers here in our province. But I am pretty sure whatever we have here – plant species and garden accessories – are also available elsewhere in the Philippines. Lately, my favorite garden stores are Inang’s Garden (Canlalay Binan, Laguna) and Del’s Garden (they are regular participants and sellers in the UPLB Garden Shows and they now have a branch in SM City Sta. Rosa, how cool is that!?). I love purchasing from these stores because their plant varieties are better in terms of species and appearance.