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Singapore: First-timer’s gardening attempt pays off in a big way

Mr Ivan Loh, 71, with his 25kg winter melon, which won him the Heaviest Winter Melon prize and $500 at the Community Garden Edibles Competition. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan.

There were 10 categories: the longest brinjal, lady’s finger, long bean, bitter gourd and chilli, and the heaviest papaya, pumpkin, winter melon, sweet melon and tomato.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 4, 2017


Mr Loh, a retired sailor who lives in a flat in Bukit Batok, decided to give gardening a try at his friend’s backyard in Choa Chu Kang earlier this year. The secret to his success was a combination of good fertilisers, he revealed. “I am happy and proud, but it was very unexpected,” he said of his win.

Seeing the gigantic melon, Mr Loh’s friend, who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, told him about the 2017 Community Garden Edibles Competition, and urged him to sign up. When he dragged his feet, his friend signed him up anyway.

He ended up winning the Heaviest Winter Melon prize, earning himself $500 in cash.

Read the complete article here.