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String Garden: A parent-child kokedama workshop

Here’s an upcoming kokedama workshop, held in collaboration with Plain Vanilla Bakery as part of their Picnic Days summer-long series of events!

​​Introduce greenery to your living space with something space-saving and stylish that you and your child can make together. Kokedama, also known as “moss ball” or “string garden”, is a variant of bonsai cultivation, where plant roots are wrapped in soil and moss. In this parent-child session, learn how to make and care for your own kokedama. You will take home your own creation, along with a set of plant notes.

For children ages 8 and above; parent accompaniment required. $79 per parent & child pair.

Register here!

About Picnic Days

Picnic Days is a series of gatherings at the Plain Vanilla Flagship store at Tiong Bahru. Happening from 29 April to 8 October 2017, watch as the store is transformed into a grassy backyard complete with an indoor swing and hammock, and join us as we play host to an array of interactive activities, workshops and retail showcases. For a list of upcoming events, please see here.

The Tender Gardener advocates a gardening lifestyle by gathering and sharing stories, experiences, and advice. Through her blog and workshops, Olivia hopes to grow the gardening and urban farming community in Singapore, and encourage a love of plants and pollinators.

February Workshops: Basic & Intermediate Soil Workshops

This month, I am holding two soil workshops at NONG at Hort Park. I have split my workshop into two separate sessions after receiving feedback from participants that they experienced information overload. To find out more, please see the event descriptions below.

Soil Class (Basic Level) by The Tender Gardener

Relatively new to urban farming, and looking to demystify the subject of soil? Learn soil basics and what your plants need to thrive instead of just survive. We will cover what you need to know to gain confidence in growing healthy edible plants, so join us!

Date & Time: 18 February 2017, 10:30am – 12nn
Venue: NÓNG at HortPark (33 Hyderabad Rd (Off Alexandra Road), #01-01 (Beside the Lawn), Singapore 119578)
Cost:  $39 per person, with limited spaces available, so booking is essential
Registration: Reserve your seat here

What you will learn in this session:

– Different types of soil
– Physical needs of plants
– Nutrient requirements of plants
– Fertilisation
– Tips on growing seedlings
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Soil Mixing Workshop (Intermediate Level) by The Tender Gardener

Do you already understand the basics of soil but wish to learn to make your own seed raising mix and potting mix? There are many recipes out there, but it also depends on what you’re growing. Hear about the variations of soil mixes and participate in this hands-on soil mixing workshop. We will also talk about soil amendments, including compost.

Date & Time: 25 February 2017, 10:30am – 12nn
Venue: NÓNG at HortPark (33 Hyderabad Rd (Off Alexandra Road), #01-01 (Beside the Lawn), Singapore 119578)
Cost: $55 per person, with limited spaces available, so booking is essential
Registration: Reserve your seat here

What you will learn in this session:

– What soil amendments are
– How soil amendments can improve your soil
– How to mix your own seed raising mix and potting mix

What you will take home:

– A list of seed raising and potting mix recipes
– Notes from our workshop
– Seed raising mix sample
– Potting mix sample

 

Soil Mixing Workshop on 3 December at Make Your Own

Old woman hands holding fresh soil. Symbol of spring and ecology concept

I have organised another soil mixing workshop for December, come join us!

Wish to learn the basics of soil and learn to make your own seed raising mix and potting mix for edible plants? There are many recipes out there, but it also depends on what you’re growing. Hear about the variations of soil mixes and participate in this hands-on soil mixing workshop.

Date: 3 December 2016

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue: Make Your Own, Blk 4 Upper Aljunied Lane, #01-06, Singapore 360004

Fee: $55 per person, with limited spaces available, so booking is essential. Reserve your seat below!

What you will learn in this session:

– Nutrient requirements of plants
– Physical needs of plants
– Soil amendment basics
– How to grow and care for seedlings
– How to mix your own seed raising mix and potting mix

What you will take home:

– A list of seed raising and potting mix recipes
– Notes from our workshop
– Seed raising mix sample
– Potting mix sample

Upcoming workshops on Kokedama and Edible Flowers at Plain Vanilla Bakery

I am stoked to be partnering Plain Vanilla Bakery on a couple of workshops in August, as part of Picnic Days – a series of events held over Summer. I’ll be leading workshops on making Kokedama, also known as ‘moss ball’ or string garden, and growing edible flowers. There are lots of interesting activities, including film screenings and an exhibition, see below for all listings.

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Upcoming Soil Workshop

Old woman hands holding fresh soil. Symbol of spring and ecology concept

It’s baaaack! I have organised another Soil Mixing Workshop on the morning of 10 October (Saturday), in collaboration with Nong by Edible Garden City. This class is suitable for beginners and those who wish to understand soil.

Soil Mixing Workshop

Wish to learn the basics of soil and learn to make your own seed raising mix and potting mix? There are many recipes out there, but it also depends on what you’re growing.

Hear about the variations of soil mixes and participate in this hands-on soil mixing workshop, where you’ll take home a sample pack of the soil mixes we prepare that day, plus a complimentary sample soil block.