A Girl Scout in Kidapawan City Developed a Beautiful Vegetable Garden
Choose Philippines | June 09, 2020
Story by Lore Mae Andong
Aside from implementing comprehensive action plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19, LGUs all over the Philippines have been creative in encouraging their residents to be productive while staying at home: from talent competitions, creative mask making, cooking battles, and many more to lessen the anxiety of residents facing challenges brought by the pandemic.
A teenaged girl shares her beautifully developed vegetable garden in Barangay Lanao in Kidapawan City, Cotabato. Rudgene Claire Buenaflor Lu won in the weekly contest of the LGU dubbed as “Magpuyo sa Balay, Magtanom ug Gulay” (Stay Home, Plant Vegetables). The seeds were given by the City Agriculture Office. The teenager started planting at the onset of the Enhanced Community Quarantine period so she can join the weekly vegetable gardening contest. Her parents also encouraged and helped her build the garden beside their home.
She used empty fabric conditioner bottles for their hanging plants and coconut husks encircling the soil to serve as protection for the plants. She also arranged neatly the bamboo trellis for her eggplant. Rudgene used her summer vacation cum quarantine time significantly rather than just slacking with her gadgets, “Instead na yung attention ko nasa gadgets na lang nakahiga all day… naisipan kong tumulong sa mga magulang ko. Sa school, isa akong active member ng Girl Scout nakahiligan ko na rin ang pagtatanim at pag ga-garden. I am encouraging you to do gardening kasi gardening is a big help lalo na ngayong may pandemic. Nakakatulong talaga yung pag ga-garden (Instead of playing gadgets and lying in bed the whole day, I thought of helping my parents. I’m an active member of Girl Scout in school that developed my love for gardening. I’m encouraging you to do gardening because it’s a big help especially now that there’s a pandemic).”
According to the City Government of Kidapawan, aside from limiting the residents’ movement due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, it also taught the community to be food sufficient and to divert their attention towards urban gardening. The LGU also encourages the young generation to get involved in more fun learning activities especially now that classes are still two months away.