IPB recommends organic farming for vegetables

For the past years, the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) through funding support from the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) has been conducting several varietal trials for organic vegetable production. The main purpose is to enable the Institute to recommend varieties of vegetables suited for organic farming.
What is organic vegetable production?

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Growing Bell Peppers

Growing high Value Crop

By Carmela Abaygar



Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) is grown widely under rainfed conditions. High yields are obtained in areas with a total rainfall of 6oo to 1250 mm, which is well distributed over the growing season. In Ilocos Norte alone, the total area planted to pepper in 1999 was 373.16 ha.

Growing bell peppers

Bell peppers can be ideal for planting in Philippine climate. Bell peppers love heat. This crop needs warm soil and air temperatures throughout the growing season. However in areas with cooler temperatures, plastic mulches, row covers and hoop houses may be used to grow this vegetable more quickly.

Bell peppers need high amounts of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Soil must be well drained. It is recommended to grow bell peppers in raised beds filled with good topsoil, compost, and rotted manure mixture. A pH near neutral (7.0) is ideal. Continue reading “Growing Bell Peppers”

Siling Labuyo

Siling Labuyo

The scientific name of siling labuyo is Capsicum frutescens. Other names includes: Cayenne, chile, chile pepper, chileng bundok, chili, kasira, katumbal, kitikot, lada, lara, paktiu, pasitis, red pepper, rimorino, sili, siling palai, silit-diablo, Spanish epper.

It is an erect, branched, half woody herb. The leaves are oblong ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3-10 cm long with pointed tip. The flowers may be solitary or may occur several in each leaf axii with pale green to yellowish green color. The fruit is green and turns red when ripe. It has a very sharp taste.

It is cultivated and also found in open waste places in settled areas.

It is propagated by seeds.



Source: Guide on the Proper use of medicinal plants