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Christmas Gift Guide for Gardeners 2020

It’s that time of the year again, here is the 2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Gardeners! This year saw a spike in the number of gardeners worldwide. Whether it was edible or ornamental, interest in growing plants blossomed and this was extremely evident in the plant community groups based in Singapore. We now have more plant parents and urban farmers who have joined the fray, which is exciting.

Finding it hard to get suitable christmas gifts for gardeners? Here is a list of useful items you can consider.

  1. The Kinfolk Garden showcases gardens, its stewards and communities in captivating visuals. A perfect coffee table book for any avid gardener, available at Basheer Graphic Books for $45. They also have a good collection of edible and ornamental gardening books which is worth a gander. Basheer Graphic Books is located at Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain St, #04-19.
  2. Seeds of edible plants are always a nice gift for others. For a list of places where you can buy herb and vegetable seeds in Singapore online, see here.
  3. Give the gift of good plant health with these popular fertilisers and soil conditioners. Suitable for both ornamental and edible plants, Plant Buddy, Root Roids and Plantonic have been gaining traction among the houseplant community and edible growers. Plant Buddy and Plantonic are natural fertilisers, while Root Roids is a soil conditioner that contains mycorrhizae and nutrient solubilizing bacteria. To get your hands on Plant Buddy, drop Terrascapes a message on Facebook, Plantonic stockists can be found on their website, and Root Roids can be purchased from Local Loco.
  4. Cleaning ourselves after working with plants is made easy with this Marseilles soap cube. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, it is a multipurpose soap made with 72% olive oil that can be used for hands, body, dishes, laundry and other cleaning needs. Prices start at $12 for a 100g bar, and comes in a few different sizes. Get it at Oasis Skin online or visit their beauty kitchen at 114 Lavender St #05-72.
  5. Know someone who loves botanical art? Local watercolour artist Lucinda Law is now selling her art prints and original art work. Prices start at $133 each. See her work here
  6. Why not get in the mood for Christmas with some suitably themed plants? Little Botany stocks variegated foliage plants reminiscent of snow covered leaves. Some of these include Costus arabicus and Asplenium hybrid variegata. Buy it online or visit the nursery from Friday to Sunday at 21a Tebing Lane. To view their opening hours, visit their Instagram page and find the details on their profile write up.
  7. The Sustee water meter comes in handy for those who need a little help when it comes to watering plants. The water meter visibly indicates when it is time to rehydrate your plants, and it is suitable for houseplant beginners. A change of refill is required every 6-9 months. These water meters are priced from $6.90 to $10.30, and refills are available from $10.50 for a set of two from Potta Plantta. Buy it online or at their store at 55 Lor L Telok Kurau, #1-57.
  8. Give the gift of a three-hour workshop with Polkaros. They offer workshop vouchers for making planters and tableware. For the former, participants will learn basic handbuilding techniques, make their planter from scratch and decorate it before firing. Planters will be ready around a month’s time. All materials will be provided. Each workshop is priced at US$108, workshop vouchers are available on their website.
  9. This Music of the Plants portable device is able to pick up the electromagnetic variations from plants and translates them into pleasant music. Get it here, prices start at € 397.
  10. For a one-stop shop for garden tools, Horme Hardware carries an affordable range. From secateurs to pruning saws and bonsai scissors, they have several products to choose from. Buy online or visit their stores.

Got more ideas for Christmas gifts for gardeners? Share it in the comments section!

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Where to buy herb and vegetable seeds in Singapore

If you are looking to buy good, viable herb and vegetable seeds in Singapore for planting in soil or hydroponic media, the good news is, there are many options available here. Some sellers import from overseas, while others have acclimatised seeds from overseas, and of course there are the varieties of edible plants that are already grown locally.

When shopping for seeds, you will notice descriptions such as open pollinated or F1 Hybrid, organic, heirloom. What does it mean, and which seeds are better?

Open pollinated means that the plant can be pollinated by insects, wind and even by hand, while F1 hybrids are the opposite. They are a cross bred variety, and are when it comes to saving seeds, they may not be genetically stable, although it is said that F1 seeds can eventually become open pollinated once it is stabilised.

An organic certification conveys that the seeds are not genetically modified (GM), and a mention of heirloom means that the seed variety has been around for at least 50 years. I would say shop based on your preference, but for certain varieties I would opt for organic or heirloom, such as corn and soy, which are commonly GM crops.

If you are completely new to gardening and would like a walkthrough guide on how to grow your own vegetables, I have compiled one here.

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Where to buy hanging planters in Singapore

Through the use of hanging planters, we can make good use of vertical space while adding visual depth and character to our homes. Whether you are going for a modern, sleek look or something more natural or minimalist, there are several options when it comes to buying hanging planters in Singapore.

Hanging pots come in various types of materials: Metal, plastic, rattan, coir, macrame, and others, each with its own aesthetic quality to enhance the way your space looks and feels. Combine form and function and up the style factor with these lovely pieces.

Natural

Going for a natural look and wish to add texture to your space? Rattan, water hyacinth baskets, macrame and coir do just that and can soften the appearance of your interiors.

The Hoop Planter by Atelier Ong Shunmugam is made of rattan, and is a beautiful statement piece. Buy online or visit the store at 43 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-76. Available for $179.

Knoette stocks a range of macrame plant hangers in varying styles, all handmade locally by Joette Loh. Prices start from $26.

Tumbleweed retails water hyacinth baskets in two shapes, Hanging Bowl and Hanging Cone. Get yours for $45 each online or in store at 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-02.

Daiso‘s hanging baskets and coir inserts are charming and the most economical hanging planter on this list. Purchase the hanging basket and coir insert separately at a combined cost of $4.

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Hoop Planter (Photo source: Atelier Ong Shunmugam)
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Knoette macrame plant hangers. From left: ‘Crown’ Tray Hanger, ‘Full of Frills’ Plant Hanger, Airpod Planter (photo source: Knoette)
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Hanging baskets. From left: Hanging Bowl, Hanging Cone, and Hanging Basket with coir liner. (Photo source: Tumbleweed Singapore)

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Journey Through Paradise: Russel’s amazing backyard

Russel is a plant collector that I got to know through Instagram. His user name is @journeythroughparadise and it’s easy to see why this description is apt. His account showcases his exceptionally wide range of plants. From bromeliads to cycads to palms, gingers, and aroids, this is one of the most amazing private gardens in Singapore that I have viewed.

In this garden plant tour and interview, he shares how he designed and built his garden from scratch. Also, meet his four friendly dogs, who get along well with his plants.

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Bromeliad garden Singapore

For the full garden tour and interview, please watch the videos below.

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