Yes, how come those mustard, kangkong and pechay were so lush at the PSG Garden that we have featured earlier in this blog? They were harvested on Feb. 6 exactly one month after the seedlings were transplanted with Pres. Duterte as special guest but they were already harvestable on Feb. 2 when a press preview was conducted. They were exactly 27 days after the seedlings were transplanted.
We are of course referring to the joint vegetable garden project of the Presidential Security Group headed by Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista and the Tarlac Heritage Foundation headed by Dr. Isa Cojuangco Suntay.
Well, the secret why the vegetables were so lush and healthy was provided by Anthony Cortes, a UP Los Baños graduate who worked previously for a big seed company and was in charge of seedling production.
First, they transformed the clay soil to a fine tilth and incorporated organic fertilizer in the planting beds.
On the second day after transplanting (DAT),they drenched the planting beds with calcium nitrate which contains nitrogen and calcium. The nitrogen promotes fast growth while calcium strengthens the cell walls of the plant so it becomes sturdy and more resistant to stresses.
Three days after transplanting, they sprayed Supravim on the young plants. This is a natural blend of 99.9 percent processed extracts of natural plants (phyto-chemicals) and is 100 percent biodegradable. It stimulates production of more roots that are longer which results in faster and more efficient uptake of nutrients and moisture.
At 8 DAT the plants were sprayed with Supravim for the second time at the rate of 8 tablespoons per 16-liter knapsack sprayer and with balanced (20-20-20) complete foliar fertilizer at 60 grams per knapsack sprayer.
The plants were sprayed for the third and last time 13 days after transplanting at the same dosage as above.