Posts Tagged ‘Flower Depot’

Real Food for Real Farmers

Our flower farmers are going back to doing what they should be doing- growing their own food. The wisdom of their ancestors have been lost throughout the years to cup noodles and fastfood. They go on for days laboring and toiling, so they can buy food for their tables. They forgot that they were farmers- and as farmers, the soil would give them their bounty. Work done tilling the soil was not only for money to buy food, it was going to grow them the food itself.  In the same way, we were living in the city, buying produce at exorbitant prices, when we could easily grow the same vegetables from our farm. Not only do we save on costs, we would know exactly what it was that went to our food.  It took us awhile to change everyone’s mindsets. Most of them were quite happy eating cup noodles filled with no nutrition except salt and MSG. Their children were growing up with rice and noodle soup as their staple. We were lazy to go through the entire process of waiting for the vegetables, growing them, harvesting, and then only having the kind that was in season. Yet, the soil was rich and teeming with life, plants were growing in abundance, and the sun was shining. Imagine how much good nutrition they wasted, by mere forgetfulness (and of course, consumerism and media brainwashing.) Since then, we have slowly reintroduced backyard farming to our farmers. There are now vegetable patches for employees to work on during their breaks. They could take the fresh produce home, put food on the table.  The same patch will provide vegetables for the Steiner-inspired daycare we are building in the farm.  Slowly, we are now growing some of the vegetables we eat.  Our farm manager, a Bukidnon native, started gathering local and indigenous seeds growing in the area. He was able to discover Tahore, a local lentil,  local sweet potatoes, native squash, native cherry tomatoes, edible flowers and native corn. We added a few more vegetables- carrots, 3 kinds of lettuce, okra, string beans, greenbeans, onions, edible flowers (ie. nasturtiums) and different kinds of herbs. Our flower farm has now a small vegetable patch, devoted to plants that do not only adorn our tables but we can eat as well! More than this, we have planted the vegetables to create patches of  ecosystems for all nature in our farm. We do so by growing in all our vegetable beds, a mix of legumes, leaf plants, root crops, annual and perennial plants in one bed. Thus, legumes will provide nitrogen (fertilizer) through their roots.  Root crops, taking nutrients from the soil, help aerate the beds, benefitting all plants. Herbs and flowers serve as homes for beneficial insects and also repel the harmful ones.

Aglay (local sorghum), Tauri (native lentil), native corn, alugbati and native tomatoes

As we wait for our vegetable and flower harvest, we look forward to real food, with all its vibrancy and nutrition.  Our farmers will see the life forces of the food they eat, discovering new ways of providing for their needs and even experimenting with new cuisine.  In time, they will not look for fast food or food that come in cans, plastic or boxes. As we harvest more and more vegetable, herbs and flowers from our patches, we look forward to little squash with green beans in a lentil soup.


Holding on to your Rose Romance

Our farm prides itself with perfect blossoms, roses with strong stems, buds that open slowly, as if in a slow dance, elegant petals like velvet, and sweet smells that waft, giving you the scent of all things beautiful!  We harvest an average of 6000 stems of flowers a day, including elegant roses.  We have colors for your every whim and fancy, deep reds and burgundy, peaches and sweet pinks, two-tones with colors that swirl, angelic whites and misty greens, sunny yellows and tangy oranges. You can see a sampling of these at

Whatever your rose preference, enjoy your blooms even longer with these tips for cutting roses.

10 Tips for Cutting and Displaying Roses

Flower Depot Roses

  1. Cut roses in after 3 in the afternoon, when they are highest in food reserves.
  2. Chooses rose buds that have already begun to open, but that are no more than 1/3 to ½ fully open.
  3. Always use clean, sharp pruners to prevent damaging the rose canes and spreading disease.
  4. Leave at least 3 leaves on the stem, to feed the plant.
  5. Remove all leaves that would be below the water line.
  6. Get your roses into water as soon as possible. Bring a bucket of water with you when you cut. If you cut the roses outside without water, re-cut the stems indoors either underwater or immediately plunge them into water
  7. Use either a floral preservative or add a splash of a lemon soda or even a squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon of sugar to the water in the vase.
  8. Change the water whenever it starts to get dirty.
  9. Let your cut roses have a few hours in a cool spot out of direct sunshine before you display them. This conditioning extends their vase life.
  10. If your roses seem to be wilting, water is not able to flow through the stem. Re-cut the stem bottoms and submerge them in very warm, (not so hot you can’t touch it) water and let them sit for about an hour before replacing them in the vase.