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Our Little Pocket of Green


November marks our first year living in our apartment–the longest, by far, that we’ve stayed in one place! To celebrate our anniversary, Arjay and I decided to beautify our neglected garden. Would you believe that everything in our home garden only cost us PhP2,000–plants, rocks, jars, and soil! If you’re from Rizal, you can buy all these stuff for your home garden near the new wet market of Taytay. There’s a long line of stalls there!

Anyway. I don’t have a before photo of this little pocket, but to give you an idea, it was just a bare plant box where we piled all our unused stuff on. It wasn’t a pretty sight…at all.

ecology project

stewards of the earth

But aside from our home anniversary nearing, we really took on this project because The Princess’ school encouraged us to work on an eco project as a family. We missed the tree planting activity of the local government last month so we decided to just give the minis a lesson on being stewards of the Earth by creating our little pocket of green that they will be taking care of.


tree planting

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

Gardening is a nice bonding activity you can do with the kids on weekends. This is also the perfect opportunity to teach them about ecology and why we should take care of the environment. Moreover, having something they are tasked to look after is a great way to develop responsibility!

Have you done something similar with your family? If not, I urge you to work on an eco project as a family as well! It’ll be fun!

Kimberley Reyes

Kimberley Reyes is an Online Business Manager for entrepreneurs who are ready to get off the hamster wheel and step into their CEO shoes. On top of helping her clients get organized and scale their businesses, she is also happily busy raising her five kids with her firefighter husband.

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Joan Mae

    Hi, there Kim. I also love gardening and it’s nice to see how u guys turn the small space into beautiful garden.

    1. Kim Reyes

      Hi Joan! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂 We’ve actually been thinking about this project for months. What was hindering us from working on it back then is the fact that we have such a small garden space. It’s a good thing that our daughter’s school asked us to work on this project so we really found a way around the space issue. We’ve also started growing veggies at the opposite side of this garden.

      1. Joan Mae

        Hi, Kim. We’ve moved in to a new place 7 months ago and our place here has a little space for gardening. It’s a dream come true because I can now have my own garden. I already planted some veggies here too. It’s really nice to see butterflies here and some birds pays a visit too.

  2. Mommy Levy

    Gardening is one of the things I was planning to do this year, pero mag November na di ko pa nauumpisahan. I like your little garden 🙂

    1. Kim Reyes

      This has been in our plans since summer! Ngayon lang namin na-fulfill talaga. 😀

  3. Mommy Jen

    I remember when I was in elementary school, we are required to do some planting so it was a good background for a kid to learn this first at home. Ako kasi walang background so it became really hard and uninteresting for me. It was a great bonding for your family too.. =) This reminded me to teach my son this kind of things when he grows a little older. =)

  4. we have a small place so I decided I to just get potted herbs. all of them died in a few weeks. haha. you’re lucky you have a green thumb

    1. Kim Reyes

      I heard from a friend who grows herbs that you’re not supposed to put them under direct sunlight? Parang baby lang na papaarawan mo in the morning then you’ll have to keep them in a shaded area when the heat gets intense.

      Correction: I’m lucky I have a husband who has a green thumb. LOL!

  5. dachmith

    Love that you’re finding green wherever you are! 🙂

  6. I wish we had a space for gardens. We live in a condo complex so it’s not possible. Probably potted plants but that’s it. Looks like a fun activity!

  7. Que Sullano - Gavan

    No garden space for us here in our unit since we live in a condo but we are planning to grow and put potted plants. Nice bonding activity no?

  8. Liz A

    this is a good way to bond as a family… unfortunately, i live in an apartment that has no place for potted plants…

  9. What better way to teach kids about “life” but by gardening. Try planting herbs too. mints grow like grass (ambilis lang) and you can use them for cooking too (rosemary, oregano etc

    1. Kim Reyes

      I want to try planting herbs too! We have a basil plant here, but that’s it. I’m hoping to add more.

  10. MrsMartinez

    Oh, is that your daughter helping out in your garden? She’s so cute! I can’t wait for my little princess to grow up so she ca also help me with our garden ; )


    1. Kim Reyes

      Yes, that’s my 3-year old helping out 🙂 Our 1-year old was there too, but he was busy piling up stones. 😀

  11. Audric's Mom

    Very timely. Yesterday, my hubby prepared a small area outside so I can practice my “gardening skills” (according to him, so I can have a life away from my laptop). 🙂 I’m excited! 🙂

    1. Kim Reyes

      Yep, I’m always on the laptop too! Gardening is a nice addition to my routine.

  12. Of Coffee and Crackers

    Looks like you have a little help from a little one there.. It’s nice to have some green plants around the house..

  13. Maan

    Your “DIY” garden doesn’t look shabby at all! It actually reminds me of my brother’s bonsai garden. Gardening has a lot of benefits for kids, I read!

    1. Kim Reyes

      Aww, thanks! It’s the kids’ new hobby. We also have a vegetable patch- will write about it when the veggies are ready for harvesting 🙂

  14. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    I really, really,really want to do this with my kids but I can’t find a place to buy soil in our area for months….then now that I found a store that sells it..higad season naman ngayon! Waah! We got higad in our yard. :((

  15. Reigne

    Nice project. And its important din talaga na there’s a space in our home for greens. 🙂 Nakakarelax eh.

    1. Kim Reyes

      That’s true 🙂 A green space, no matter how small, is really relaxing.

  16. cheryl

    What a nice project and it seems fun for the kids. I should try this with the kids next time. Though I’m not into gardening, I really admire nice-looking gardens so maybe the end goal would get me into getting my hands dirty hehe.

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