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Upcoming workshop: Small space growing in Singapore

Find out how you can grow edibles at home even if you have space constraints in Singapore.

In this upcoming workshop, learn growing basics, get to know what plants need to thrive and how you can make the most of your space at home when growing edibles in soil.

Date: 15 May 2021
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Registration fee: $75
RSVP: Book your seat at https://smallspacegrowing.peatix.com

Each participant will also receive a kit which includes a small, long planter box, soil, seeds and notes.

Please note that each class accommodates only 4 people at a time to allow for safe distancing.

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Space-saving, dwarf vegetables for small garden spaces

If you are facing space constraints in your HDB apartment, condo or garden, why not try growing varieties of compact, dwarf vegetables instead? Here are some vegetables you can try in order to maximise your available space. Also, scroll down for space saving urban farming options in Singapore.

Maiko Lettuce

Quick germinating and fast growing, ‘Maiko’ is a butterhead lettuce with reddish leaves, and can be harvested in 4 – 6 weeks. Seeds are available from The Seedsmaster.

Tiny Tim Tomatoes

Compact and perfect for container gardens, Tiny Tim is an early, heavy cropper and produces bright red cherry tomatoes. These tomato seeds can be purchased online from Horti, and can be found in several NTUC Fairprice outlets.

Oda sweet bell pepper

This dark, almost black-skinned sweet bell pepper variety is a dwarf heirloom and matures in around 10 weeks from planting. Purchase these seeds online from The Seedsmaster.

Dwarf yard long beans

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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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