By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao 

In line with the Plant, Plant, Plant Program of the Department of Agriculture, the agency, along with its extension and training arm, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), have been promoting food production in the comfort of one’s home. 

Home gardening contests, online seminars, and the distribution of free seeds are among the various initiatives offered by the DA and the ATI. The agencies also offer tips on how to grow plants. 

The social media page of the regional office of the DA for Region IV-A shared some tips on how to make your own fertilizer using natural ingredients found in your home or backyard. Here’s how to do it using various indigenous plants and kitchen waste:

Banana peels can be used as a fertilizer. Here’s how to do it.

Banana peel 

  1. Slice three to four banana peel into smaller portions. 
  2. Soak the peel in one liter of water for three days.
  3. Remove the peel from the mixture then transfer the extract to a sprayer or sprinkler before using as fertilizer.  

Soak onion skin in water to create a simple homemade fertilizer.

Onion skin

  1. Peel two to three onions. Mix the onion skins with one liter of water inside a plastic container. 
  2. Soak for one day and remove the onion skins from the blend using a clean cloth. 
  3. The extract can be sprayed on plants once every 15 days. 

Ipil-ipil leaves mixed with water and two teaspoons of coffee is an easy to make fertilizer.

Ipil-ipil leaves  

  1. Chop the leaves to extract its juice before transferring it to a plastic container.  
  2. Mix the chopped leaves and add two teaspoons of coffee into 16 liters of water. Use rainwater or water from a pump if available. Tip: Leave the water to sit overnight to allow the chlorine in it to evaporate. 
  3. Let sit for three days. Mix once a day to air out the blend. Keep the container from being sealed too tightly to avoid foul odors from developing. Also place the container away from direct sunlight. 
  4. Use when needed. If growing lettuce, use only thrice a week to keep the leaves from getting bitter. 

Tip – If planting lettuce, use the fertilizer made out of ipil-ipil leaves only thrice a week to keep the lettuce leaves from becoming bitter.

By sharing tips like this, the DA hopes to encourage more people to start planting in their houses to keep them busy while also being able to grow food for their family. 

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