Since Metro Manila is under a month-long community quarantine starting March 15, 2020 and many folks are stuck at home, urban farm First We Farm (FWF) shared a tip on Instagram on how growing food at home is a great way to spend one’s free time, during the long period of being indoors. 

The said post mentioned ways on how shallots, a Filipino kitchen staple, can be grown at home with items that can be found in the kitchen. Here’s how:

Immerse some shallots in a bowl with a little bit of water and place them in the refrigerator. 

Replace the water in the bowl every day and observe if roots and shoots start growing.  Once they do, keep the plants outside the refrigerator at night and put them back during the day. 

When leaves start forming, expose the bulbs to the morning sun but don’t forget to bring them back before the sun gets too hot. 

Once they are used to the sun and can withstand the exposure to sunlight the whole day, they can now be transferred to little pots. This can also be done to onions and garlic. 

Make use of your free time wisely and most importantly, stay safe!