Home Ideas: How To Start Home Gardening

Last year I had the opportunity to visit several organic farms in the Philippines. It was a memorable trip together with a small group of bloggers and the wonderful people from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). Listening to the stories of our dear farmers, being served with freshly harvested and organic food are just part of the trip. In between work were sightseeing. The experience has taught me two things: appreciate the noble works of our dear farmers and continue loving and caring for mother Earth.

Raspberry Picking at Bangkong Kahoy Valley

When I came back from our recent trips in Benguet, Sagada and Bacolod the more I understand the importance of organic farming. Setting up my own garden at home in small pots and containers was the way to start it. Tubs of basil, lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, they are easy to taken care. I wanted to plant herbs, those that can survive the temperature in Metro Manila.

Raspberry Picking at Bangkong Kahoy Valley
Raspberries in Bangkong Kahoy
Beautiful plants and ornamental flowers adding color and life to an empty patio, staircase or terrace. Even a small place can get you started growing potted herbs and recycled containers. If you're worry that they would die because of too much heat under the sun, perhaps you can make a tent of sort (greenhouse) to protect them.

Beautiful Patio at Rapha Valley Negros
Wooden chairs and tables of different colors add hue to an empty patio.


An old pot or container filled with different flower petals gives accent to your garden. It will surely be the center of attraction. 


On the other hand, a flowering bougainvillea or santan would be more gorgeous when planted pot marigold, orchids, herbs like thyme or echinacea alongside.

I wish Metro Manila would be less polluted and suitable place for growing plants, organic herbs and other ornamental plants. During our farm tour, I learned that  factors to consider are condition and logistics. Nearby provinces such as Cavite, Batangas, Tagaytay are best examples. Would you consider living in Cavite or those areas I mentioned? I would love to!

Lancaster new road map 10 2013

Recently, I learned about a countryside-inspired community in Lancaster New City Cavite Mega Manila. The place looks great, it's about 15-20 minutes away from NAIA airport, about an hour or less to Makati and Ortigas (without the traffic).

Lancaster New City Cavite
Gabrielle Model House FA: 84 sq.m. LA: 124 sq.m

Cavite is a province rich in history and culture. A lot of interesting tourist spots to explore - churches, historical landmarks such as the Aguinaldo Shrine.

Lancaster New City Cavite
Margaret Model House FA: 72 sq.m. LA: 100 sq.m

Lancaster New City Cavite
Diana Model House FA: 60 sq.m. LA: 50 sq.m

These are the model houses of Lancaster New City Cavite. Isn't it a lovely place to start your family? If you're planning to move in or looking for a place to start your very first home, or you're already have a growing family you may leave a comment or inquire about Lancaster on the form provided below.

More about ornamental flowers and organic farming on my blogs:

Weekend in Bangkong Kahoy
Rapha Valley Farm in Negros Occidental
Fresh Start Organic in Silay
Penalosa Farm in Negros

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loveforlacquer said...

This looks gorgeous! Great pics!

Marjorie said...

thanks @loveforlacquer for dropping by!

Vanessa said...

I am getting a book soon for the library about gardening. I intend to spruce up my lawn very soon :)

Pricilla said...

Sounds like it was a beautiful trip and a lovely community. Your photos illustrate it perfectly

Mary Ann Jenson said...

Great photos! Looks very inviting, warm and welcoming!

Franc Ramon said...

Lancaster looks like a really nice community to live in. Organic farming is also on the rise with the shift of people's preference on organic products.

Melissa Smith said...

I love all of the colors! Especially the table & chairs. I would have never thought to mix the colors up like that.

Michelle F. said...

Those are some great ideas. I love the different colored wooden chairs.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It does indeed look like a nice place to live. I love your idea of the petals!

Catherine S said...

The pictures are great. Looks like a great place to live.

Yan said...

i actually considered buying a property in cavite because the offers are really cheap, unfortunately i decided against it because the roads surrounding the places where most of these houses are developed are prone to flooding. :(

michele d said...

Those houses look amazing! The are building a new development close to me and those house resemble them. Great post!

Marjorie said...

I agree @Michelle F. The Gabrielle house looks stunning while Diana model is so modern.

Marjorie said...

@Yan, you can send inquiry to Lancaster through the inquiry form I included on my blog. This is intended for interested readers looking for house and lot like you. :)

Marjorie said...

Hi @Natalie S., same here I have no green thumb though but I'm starting to grow orchids, well it's been quite some time and they are no flowers yet just leaves, lol! Bdw, I love flower cactus, they are so pretty! :)

Marjorie said...

Thanks @Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell, you can also place the petals in a pretty bowl and put as a centerpiece in your dining table. :)

Marjorie said...

Same here @Michelle F. I found them in an organic farm in Negros Occidental, it's called Rapha Valley. More photos and story here during my visit, http://www.livingmarjorney.com/2013/10/what-i-discover-at-rapha-valley-organic.html

Marjorie said...

Thanks @Mary Ann Jenson :)

Marjorie said...

@Vanessa Maybe you can start organic farming, here's some of the organic farms we visited in the Philippines, Oh they served fresh and tasty meal and the place, super nice. We stayed a couple of days, they have affordable rooms as well.


Enjoy reading!

FamiGami said...

It looks like an interesting development! I love you chair colors, they're so bright!

Robert Rammuny said...

The housing looks great on Lancaster. Great post.

mail4rosey said...

Everything looks nice. I like the color differences on the table and chairs.

Neva Fels said...

The houses are beautiful in Lancaster. I love your ideas for the patio.

Ann Bacciaglia said...

The colors or so bright your photos are great. Those are some gorgeous homes. Thanks for sharing.

angele @shoeboxbegone said...

I love the colourful flowers! thanks for sharing :)

Michelle Knopp said...

I just love the colors of the table and chairs. What a beautiful place to relax.

Kristen said...

I love the plants. they look so classic

Calvin Ewers said...

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