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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.

This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Propagating Herbs

When I get into something, I tend to get obsessive about it. I read a lot of books and websites to learn as much as I can on something I want to do. Since starting my herb garden, I've read countless websites and borrowed a bunch of books from the library to learn more. I've never really did any successful gardening before. The strawberry plant I got a few years ago died in a few weeks when birds ate all the strawberries and it didn't survive in the summer.

Now, I learned some new techniques and I think learning to propagate (breed/spread) plants is a great way to expand what you have from one plants to several to have more success.

But the thing that I discovered that really helps is putting a cover on young plants. It's not a new idea, but I didn't really see any websites suggesting this. I got this idea more when I visited a greenhouse and saw how healthy the plants were. I thought I could simulate it on a small scale by putting covers in my plants.

Pots covered 2014-05-18

The cover traps moisture and keeps the cuttings moist so they don't go limp and dry out. Since the cuttings don't have roots yet, there's no way for water to get through the stem and leaves. Covering it keeps the moisture in and drying out the leaves. The cover also sort of levels out the temperature. It won't keep it warm at night, but it does act like a mini greenhouse were heat is kept longer during the night instead of making the cuttings cold and dry.

I kept the cover until the roots grow and so far, I have kept the plastic cover on even after the roots come out and removing it from time to time to acclimatize the cuttings slowly. I use some barbecue sticks to hold the plastic in place so it doesn't collapse to the plants. However, the heat and moisture tends to make mold grow on the sticks so I have throw them out. I need to find something else, like a plastic stick to use as a frame.

I did the same thing with the seeds I'm trying to grow by putting a cover on them.

Seeding trays 2014-05-18

Compared to the other seeds I tried to grow on an open pot (they never grew). The ones in the seed tray with cover sprouted.

2014-05-18 11.26.46

As you can see here, I just used any clear plastic cups I had to use as a cover for the pots. It's nice to use a clear plastic cup because it allows sunlight to come in. Here are some mint cuttings I have in a pot.

Mint cuttings covered in cups 2014-05-18

These mints have rooted so I can remove the cups if I wanted to, but I do put it back from time to time to keep bugs away.

Rooted mints transferred in individual pots 2014-05-18

Mint is supposed to grow like a weed so I hope these grows strong and gets bigger. I've cut some of the damaged leaves or any leaves I see that has discoloration to avoid any disease.

Some of the cuttings I placed in soil had the stem turn black. If that happens, throw it out since it means it got fungus and is of no use. Healthy cuttings have bright green stems. like the ones above. They will also stand upright.

Pests and bugs

One of the things you have to look out for is bugs. Due to the extra moisture from the pots because I covered them. I noticed the pots started attracting some bugs. Mainly, millipedes, centipedes and woodlouse. They like damp warm places. Whenever I move the pots, a couple of them are hiding underneath the pots in the middle of it.

I decided to keep the underside dry by putting the pots in a higher place so there's ventilation. I haven't found a cheap plant stand I can use so I just used the extra pots and pot trays I have to keep them above ground. It has kept the bugs away, at least for now.

Various plants and herbs 2014-05-25

New Cuttings

I put in some new cuttings, these are Chocolate Mint (on the right corner and left corner), Purple Basil and Thai Basil (middle and lower left corner) I got from my take out from Pho Hoa.

Various cuttings 2014-05-25

One of the things I did differently was I dipped the cuttings in a rooting hormone to hopefully make them root faster.

Rooting Agent 2014-05-25

I don't know if this will actually make it root faster, but I'm just hoping they root stronger.

I checked the cuttings today and the Purple Basil's leaves pretty much disintegrated and started falling off so I threw it away. Maybe it was too crowded. The Thai Basil in the middle, I cut off some of the leaves where there were spots. Maybe I should have used a bigger seed tray so I can give them some space. Oh well, Next time I'll just plant seeds in these trays and plant the cuttings in the bigger seed tray I have.

That's it for now, I'll post more updates as things progresses.


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