How to Grow Your Own Edible Garden in Singapore
Growing your own food can have many great benefits, like being able to teach your kids practical gardening skills, bringing some green indoors, and saving money. More importantly, growing your own food can make sure that you’re eating food that is fresh and organic. With a bit of soil and some seeds, you could start your grown garden. While many beginners are too intimidated to start their own garden, it doesn’t have to be too hard. Here are some tips and tricks for growing your own edible garden in Singapore.
1. Consider your space
If you live in a high-rise flat, you may think that it’s impossible for you to have your own edible indoor garden. However, there is always a way for you to create your own garden even with limited space. For example, you could create a vertical garden by hanging your pots on a wall, using a string or a plank of wood. You can even use chicken wire or netting to hang your pots from. There are a lot of guides online that can tell you step-by-step on how to create your own indoor garden, from table-tops to windowsills. For example, you could grow cherry tomatoes on your windowsill, or create a small Mediterranean herb garden on shelves near your kitchen.
2. Remember your lighting
Light is an important aspect of any garden. Without adequate lighting, your plants wouldn’t be able to create produce. Most edible plants need a lot of sunshine, about four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. But avoid direct sunlight during mid-afternoon, as this light is too harsh for plants. If you cannot remove your plants during these hours, you could install a sunshade to keep the harsh afternoon sunlight away from the plants.
However, if you live in high-rise flats, you may have the opposite problem, and your flat may lack adequate sunlight. If this is your problem, you could buy a grow lamp which could act as a stand-in for natural light.
3. Starter plants
Singapore’s humid weather is perfect for many kinds of plants. There are many plants you could choose from that could complement the amount of free time that you have. For example, if you don’t have a lot of free time, you could start with lower-maintenance plants, like long beans and brinjals. For those who want to just take a stab at gardening, microgreens are a great choice because they grow fast, some of them in just a matter of days. Good examples of microgreens are buckwheat and sunflowers.
For those who want to be even more economical, you can propagate saplings from the leftovers of grocery produce. By cutting parts of grocery produce and putting them in soil or a bit of water, you could create more food. Good choices are lemongrass, peppers, and tomatoes.