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April Session of Soil Class

Soil Class is back again in April, join us!

Soil Class (Basic Level) by The Tender Gardener

Relatively new to urban farming, and looking to demystify the subject of soil? Through this talk, 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: 15 April 2017, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: NONG at HortPark (33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Rd), Beside the lawn
Cost: $39 per person, with limited spaces available, so booking is essential
RSVP: Sign up 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
[To learn about soil amendments and mixing your own soil, please join us for the intermediate soil workshop on a later date]

Feature in Female magazine

Ok I don't really garden in that outfit :) I've been featured in Female magazine's May issue, alongside two ladies who enjoy growing their own edibles. My garden looks quite barren compared to theirs, admittedly I had little vegetables growing at the time, many were still seedlings and I had been focusing more on flowers. Another reminder to avoid periods of bountiful or barren, and instead plan my garden better so that it's always a highly productive garden. Pick up a copy to look at the other gardens featured in the story, they look pretty marvellous!...

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March workshop: Grow Your Own Natural Remedies

Learn to grow and use herbs and flowers to gently relieve minor skin ailments and body discomfort in our Grow Your Own Natural Remedies Workshop. Organised by The Tender Gardener and supported by Edible Garden City, this 2½ hour hands-on workshop includes a presentation on the properties and uses of various herbs and beneficial plants, instructions on sowing seeds, as well as recipe demonstrations on making natural remedies. On the day, participants get to take home seeds or cuttings of Lemon Balm, Calendula, Dandelion, Indian Borage, Mint, along with a pot, bag of Nong Premium Planting Mix, notes, recipes and products prepared during the session itself. Reservation is required at $89 per person, seats are limited to 12 seats so book your...

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Singapore Gardening Society visit to Mr Tan Wee Lee & Mrs Rosalind Tan’s garden

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Over the weekend, I attended the Singapore Gardening Society (SGS)’s February meet up, I try my best to make it when I’m in town. This time, we visited Mr Tan Wee Lee and Mrs Rosalind Tan garden, which has previously received a Community in Bloom award. They were wonderful hosts, sharing knowledge about their garden, and ensuring society members were well fed.

All visitors were greeted by this majestic 50-year old Elephant Ear Fig Tree, abundant with fruit. Mrs Tan said that she cooks the figs with chicken soup, and that making tea from the leaves of this species is supposedly good for diabetes. I heard Mr Tan saying that in order to have a tree like that, one needs to shape it as such. He’s a bonsai enthusiast, as you will see later on.

Even though it was an unbearably hot day, their front garden is well shaded by this tree, and well cooled by their pond. The difference in temperature was remarkable, and made it a very comfortable experience.

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