When I first propose the idea of growing our own food at my house, people think that it is one of my crazy ideas. To be honest, I am not sure how it would turn out because there is not a lot of sunlight that would reach the corridor. But I know people who have done it before me so it must be possible. Thanks to the blogosphere, I could retrieve valuable information and learn from experienced HDB gardeners. Blogs like Generation Green, Composting In Singapore and Ms Green Fingers are very useful to explore the gems of gardening and the types of vegetables to grow.
After 4 months of gardening, carelessly tending to my plants and seemingly haphazardly throwing seeds into the soil, I am proud to present to you photos my produce and the growth of my plants. However, do not expect neat rows of vegetables because I believe in creating a diversified population. Well, actually I just prefer a low maintenance gardening plot and am very much inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka‘s idea of natural farming (a.k.a do-nothing farming). Of course, I tweak a little of his philosophy to accomodate it into HDB farming. In my garden, I do nothing except for sowing the seeds, watering the plants, feeding the plants with compost and staring at my plants, hoping they would receive my telepathic message for them to grow faster. As always, I would look for the easy way to do things.
And my easy gardening method works, for some vegetables at least. My first vegetable harvest is sweet potato leaves, follow by xiao bai cai.
Currently in my garden, my soon-to-harvest plant include basil, chilli and spring onion.
There are a lot more plants that are growing all over the place in my garden and hopefully in time, I would be able to show it to you when they are nearer to harvesting time. It’s easy to set up a box of soil and sow the seeds. They require next to no-effort to maintain. Some would die, but many would thrive. If you are an avid HDB farmer, do share photos of your harvest too and post a link here. You never know, you might just inspire the next wave of HDB farmer 😀