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12 Nov Workshop: How To Grow A Vegetable Garden

Join me at my upcoming workshop – How to Grow A Vegetable Garden! The registration fee for each workshop is $85, but spend a minimum of $80 in 2 combined same-day receipts at Parkway Parade between 6-17 Nov, and receive an $80 cash refund on the day of your selected workshop.

Learn how to grow your own vegetables and edible plants on your sunny balcony or backyard in Singapore during one and a half hour workshop. I will share essential gardening tips and the know-how for growing edibles that are well-suited for our climate.

Guests will take home a gardening starter pack which includes seeds, seed raising mix, pots and plant notes on vegetables and herbs such as beans, eggplants, okra, and kale, among others, and you will leave with the knowledge you need in order to grow, nurture and harvest your own food.

Date: 12 November (Sunday)
Time: 3PM – 4.30PM
Venue: Parkway Parade Basement Atrium, 80 Marine Parade Road
Cost: $85
RSVP: Sign up for the workshop here!

How to Successfully Grow Tomatoes in Singapore

This is the first of an ongoing series on growing edible plants successfully in Singapore with urban farmers who have consistently grown a particular vegetable well. I speak with Desmond Tan about his preferred method of how to grow tomatoes in Singapore.

How to grow tomatoes in Singapore(Photos courtesy of Desmond Tan)

When I first visited Desmond Tan at Our Kampong Farm, a rooftop community garden where he is an active resident volunteer, I learned that he grows tomatoes really well, a crop he has grown over the last three years. Those who have tried growing tomatoes in Singapore know that it is not the easiest plant to grow in a tropical climate. In this post, he shares with me his process of soil preparation and useful tips that every home urban farmer can use. While he started out with hydroponic tomatoes, which he says is more straightforward and free of pests, he now grows in soil, which is admittedly much more tricky and more expensive.

how to grow cherry tomatoes in singapore

How To Grow Tomatoes in Singapore

Desmond rarely buys tomato seeds, and instead uses seeds from cherry tomatoes that he buys from the supermarket. His most successful crop came from a Holland-grown brand of tomatoes – a variety called Sweet Pearl, which gave him sweet, bountiful bunches of cherry tomatoes, he lamented that he has difficulty finding it these days.

Two months prior to transplanting his tomato seedlings to the pots where it is to grow, he prepares the soil with four free inputs:

  • Very finely ground eggshells for calcium
  • Coffee Grounds for nitrogen
  • Okara (by-product from soy bean drink stall) for nitrogen
  • Banana peels (by-product of goreng pisang, or fried banana, stall) for potassium