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Singapore: Tools and tips on growing a garden plot

Passion fruit (above) growing on a handmade trellis and a banana plant in bloom at retiree Emily Fong’s plot in HortPark, which she has been leasing for more than a year. As she visits her plot only once a week, Mrs Fong has invested in a battery-operated irrigation system and set the timer to water her crops for one minute every 12 hours. Photo: Emily Fong

And edible gardens are all the rage: Out of 1,300 community garden groups islandwide last year, 80 per cent grew edibles, said the National Parks Board (NParks).

Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Feb 3, 2018


Mrs Emily Fong, a retiree in her 60s, leases a plot at HortPark.

“The best part isn’t the harvest – it’s meeting new friends and sharing tips with these like-minded folk,” she told The Straits Times.

She grows passion fruit, bananas, watercress, pandan, chilli and an oyster plant. After 11/2 years of owning the plot, Mrs Fong has picked up many tips and tricks.

So for someone lucky enough to snag an upcoming plot, how should he get started?

Since plots are small, gardeners hardly need fancy or huge tools, said Mrs Fong.

“A pair of good gardening scissors, a pair of pruning shears and a spade is more than enough,” she said.

For cheap and durable tools, Mrs Fong recommends $2 items from Japanese retailer Daiso.

Read the complete article here.