Jumpstart Your Day: Start Your Own Farm at Home

Turn your backyard into a relaxing and functional space


Have you always wanted to have your own farm where you can harvest essentials such as herbs and spices? You can make it happen with the help of these reminders.

Laurel Bangaoet, who started Tomay Farms in Benguet in December 2004 after her retirement, now has an extensive collection of culinary and medicinal herbs from all over the world. To be able to start your own mini-farm, Laurel shares three items that you need to consider before starting.

1. Have an objective.

Answer these questions: Why do you want to start one? What herbs will you be using often? You don't need a working knowledge of herbs of all herbs before you start. Of course, researching will help a lot but experience and experimentation will teach you a thing or two as well.

2. Consider the available space.

Do you have a veranda or just a windowsill to work with? You should know how many herbs you need and plan to cultivate, so you can distribute these in the available space. Can you grow your chosen herbs just in pots or do you need to plant them in the ground?

3. Choose your plants wisely.

What herbs do you want to grow? Will you use them just for the kitchen? Is it cheaper to grow it or buy it? Different herbs “like” different locations—shady, full sun, or partial sun. Take this into consideration.

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