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Total Organic Seed-Starting Pot

In our intention to promote the Total Organic Approach and sustainable farming in thePhilippines, we have decided to use the conventional seed starting pot introduced by our ancestors several decades ago.

Contrary to the non-biodegradable and expensive seed starting pots available in the market today, our seed starting pots are totally free and organic. Thanks to the ingenuity of our forefathers who lead us to this great idea of rearing plants from seeds using banana leaves.

The materials that we need:

  1. Fresh Banana Leaves
  2. Soil Mix;  (1 part vermicasts : 2 parts soil)
  3. Knife

Procedure A.

  1. Obtain fresh banana leaves and cut them to 1 inch by 3 inches.
  2.  Using your fingers, roll the banana leaves individually to a desired seed pot diameter.
  3. Using your thumb, lock the edge of the rolled banana leaf
  4. Put the soil mix into the rolled leaf and gently push the material to make it more compact and firm.
  5. Fill the seed pot completely and put it inside the 4”x4” wooden frame or its equivalent. Be sure that the edge of the rolled leaf is facing against the wall of the frame to lock the seed pot and maintain its ideal shape and diameter.


Procedure B.  (Planting Seeds) 

  1. When you are done making your total organic seed starting pot, using a garden spray, try to moisten the seed pots with water.
  2. Let the seed starting pots to settle overnight.
  3. The following day –ideally late in the afternoon, prick a small hole in each seed pot using a stick.
  4. Then drop the seed to the hole and cover it with soil. Note: You can also transplant young plants from your seed bed to your seed starting pot.
  5. Wait until the seeds will start to germinate and are ready to be transplanted to your garden.
Learn how to prepare your soil for your seed starting pot <<Here>>


  1. this is so cool! i’m into container gardening and i want all planting materials to be biodegradable. and this tip is heaven sent. thank you very much.
    can i ask you something? are pesticides made from neem seeds not considered as organic pesticide anymore? here in negros occidental, our provincial agriculturist informed me that pesticides from neem seeds can not be used in Organic farms anymore.

    • As far as I know Pesticides coming from Neem Tree or Neem Seeds are still considered as one of the most effective organic pesticides. It can only be considered as synthetic or inorganic when its extract is mixed with other synthetic chemicals. Details below can be your great reference:

      Neem Extract contains Azadirachtin, the key active component of Neem based Pesticides / Insecticides.

      It is a yellowish powder extracted from the Neem Seed Kernels and is used for preparing end products (Neem Insecticides) for the management of agriculturally important pests, after
      extracting neem oil.

      It acts as a broad spectrum bio pesticide controlling more than 600 species of insect/ pests including caterpillars, beetles, whiteflies, leafhoppers, aphids, mites, thrips, borer, leaf folders and many more.

      Mode of Action
      In insects, it exhibits various behavioral responses such as Antifeedant. Feeding Deterrent, Oviposition Deterrent etc., and physiological responses such as Insect Growth Regulator, Molting Inhibitor, Reproduction Inhibitor, Antifertility etc.

      It is non-toxic to Rats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs. It has no significant effect on Birds. It is non -toxic at recommended rates to Aquatic Organisms. Also it is relatively harmless to non-target and beneficial organisms.

  2. thanks for your reply, sir.
    another query on madre de agua. are you shipping madre de agua cuttings to bacolod city? are these cuttings for sale? whom do i contact in negros occidental agriculture department to avail and reserve the cuttings? salamat po.

    • Yes, we can ship your madre de agua orders as far as Luzon however, eco-Philippines is running out of cuttings for now. If you can wait you can have your cuttings this coming September 2012.. Kindly contact this number 09213227247 and look for Mr. Ben Barros..

  3. will you recommend siling labuyo extract mixed with dish soap as pesticide for sitao? i used it against bugs and it seems to be working.

    • Yes siling labuyo extract mixed with dish soap can be used as pesticide.. Just remember that the role of soap here is primarily for “Adhesive” purposes… You can use fruit extract to replace the soap if you want, but the downside is, fruit extracts are commonly use as “attractants”-meaning, influx of various insects can be evident in your garden using this.

  4. You can use toothpicks to close or lock the edge. Thanks for the great and simple green idea!

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