With the help of my sister-in-law and her husband, we were able to visit the local garden store. The place was full of seedlings that had my head reeling. I had so many choices, I did not know what to pick first for my garden. I did not have my camera then, but the selection was really extensive. Almost a hundred herbs were available for the picking. The seedlings were sold originally for Php 50.00 per plant, but since my sister-in-law was a member, we were able to get the seedlings for Php 100 for 3 pieces. I was able to buy basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, lavander, and malvarosa for my starting herb garden. They were planted in a thin seedling container of 3 inches.
I was able to get my hands on two sizes of containers. One set was at least 6 inches depth and diameter, while the other was around 4 inches. We were in a hurry so I was not that very particular in checking the size, which was of course a mistake. The multipurpose potting mix I bought already had compost in it. It was about the quarter of a size of a full sack of rice, and good enough for 4 pieces of 6-inch and 4-inch containers with a lot to spare.
Before placing the seedlings inside the containers, I had to collect broken terra cotta pots in the house. Fortunately I was able to find a lot of them. I broke them into little pieces and lined the bottom of the plastic containers. This will help drain the soil as plants can easily drown in container gardening. I then placed potting mix at the bottom and dug a hole slightly bigger than the container that my seedlings came in. The seedlings had to be held by the leaves and pulled gently from the plastic container. I placed the seedling inside the hole and covered it with additional potting mix. I watered the plants until it flowed out of the bottom and placed them on the veranda.
The plants were bought last March 17, 2010. As long as I have time to spare, I will record their progress to see how they are fairing. So far, they are doing good. hopefully, it will continue on.