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Singapore Garden Festival 2022: Highlights from Singapore Botanic Gardens & Orchard Road

The Singapore Garden Festival 2022 is back after a four year hiatus, which is a pretty exciting thing for gardeners and plant lovers who fancy ornamental blooms, show gardens, floral displays, edible plants and a spot of shopping for plants and garden products. This time, the Singapore Garden Festival will be held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from now till 9 August, and at ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City till 7 August.

Here are the highlights from all three venues!

SGF 2022

Singapore Botanic Gardens

While you are at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, be prepared to marvel at the stunning entries of The Orchid Competition, co-organised with the Orchid Society of Southeast Asia (OSSEA). Visitors can view more than 400 rare and exquisite orchids, including warm and cool-growing species and hybrids found globally in different regions, submitted by professional growers and hobbyists. These specimens are housed at Burkill Hall, Tan Hoon Siang Mist House and Sembcorp Cool House.

SGF Orchid Competition Singapore Botanic Gardens
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
OSSEA orchid competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in Burkill Hall
Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Competition 2022
Warm growing orchids in The Orchid Competition at the Tan Hoon Siang Mist House
Orchid competition SGF
Cool growing orchid submissions for The Orchid Competition in the Sembcorp Cool House

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How to Start A Herb Garden: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a way to add fresh, flavourful herbs to your cooking, then you should consider growing a herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and can be grown indoors or outdoors. In this blog post, I will provide useful gardening tips on growing herbs at home. By the end of this post, you’ll know how to start your very own herb garden!

One of the great things about herb gardening is that it doesn’t require a lot of space. You can grow herbs in pots on your windowsill or in a raised bed in your backyard. If you’re short on space, don’t worry – there are dwarf or compact varieties of herbs that will do well in small spaces.

Growing a herb garden is also a great way to get started with gardening if you’re new to the hobby. Herbs are relatively easy to grow and care for, so they make a great choice for beginner gardeners. Plus, there’s nothing quite like being able to snip fresh herbs from your own garden to use in your cooking!

A few things to note before you start…

If you can create the ideal microclimate for your plants, you can even grow some plants that typically do not thrive in your climate. In tropical countries, gardeners have successfully grown plants that thrive in subtropical and temperate climates from their apartment using soil, hydroponic, aeroponic or aquaponic methods. These include parsley, cilantro, dill and others. 

You don’t always have to spend money on plants. You can get plant cuttings, plants, and seeds from other people in your local gardening community group/s by swapping or sometimes they just give them away. Have a look on Facebook to find a gardening group in your area. Here is a list of places where you can find free plants if you live in Singapore.

Before buying plants, observe how much sun you get every day and at what time. This will help you understand what kind of plants you can grow. It is worth noting that the sun’s path changes throughout the year, so even though you have sun in a particular area of your house in summer, this might not be the case in winter. This is applicable even if you live in a tropical climate. If you don’t have a lot of sun, consider investing in an indoor growing system.

It is a good idea to research what conditions a plant needs before bringing it home. Each plant has its preferred lighting, watering, soil drainage and fertilising requirements. It is also helpful to find out the lifespan of a plant, they are classified as annual, biennial and perennial plants.

With this in mind, read on to find out how to start a herb garden!

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Where to buy mushroom growing kits in Singapore

Cultivating mushrooms via growing kits is an interesting activity that can be done by anyone, regardless of age or experience. If you’re looking for a place to purchase mushroom kits in Singapore, look no further! In this blog post, I will share a list of places where you can buy mushroom growing kits in Singapore.

Mushrooms are a type of fungi that is used in cooking. They can be added to soups, sauces, stir-fries, and more. Not only do they have a unique flavour and texture, but they are also rich in nutrients, including vitamin B and minerals.

Mushroom growing is a great way to learn about nature and the mushroom life cycle. It can also be a fun and rewarding hobby that provides you with fresh, delicious mushrooms to enjoy. This is certainly a fun activity for kids as well. If you’re wondering to buy mushroom growing kits in Singapore, here are my recommendations!

where to buy mushroom growing kits in Singapore
From left to right: Mushroom Lab, Kin Yan and Mushroom Kingdom mushroom growing kits. Images taken from their websites or from their retail channels.

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How to clear a garden full of weeds

If you have a garden, chances are you will eventually have to deal with weeds. Weeds can take over your garden quickly and can be difficult to get rid of. In this blog post, I will discuss how to clear a garden full of weeds using mainly natural methods.

You will most likely require a combination of weed management methods depending on the area you are tackling, especially if you have different varieties of weeds growing in your garden. The methods suggested below also depend on what is practical for you in terms of time and budget.

Where to start?

If you have a garden full of weeds and are wondering where to start, begin with identifying the type of weed and consider the size of the weed. This will help you determine which management method to use. Weeds that have deep roots, such as dandelion, will need a different method compared to chickweed, which has shallow roots.

If the weeds have shallow roots and occupies only a small area, you may be able to pull it up by hand. Larger, thicker weeds may require machinery and/or hand tools to dig them up.

The best time to eradicate weeds is before they flower and develop seeds. In addition, pulling weeds when they are young is easier than waiting until they are mature. Mature weeds have deeper roots that are harder to remove.

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