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Gardening on High Rise Apartments


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It's into the wee hours now. Though still busy with my unfinished stuff, I am enjoying myself tuning in to Stanley Leong's conversation from “The Living Room" on Channel NewsAsia.

Tonight, the topic that caught my attention was from a guest speaker, Wilson Wong from Green Culture Singapore sharing his experience of growing in high-rise apartments. Someone by the name of Johnson dialled in to ask him a question on growing his three bananas plants; and another caller, Mrs Chan dialling in to seek advice from him about her troubled chilli plant.

Wilson explained why herbal plants are better grown on grounds instead of pots. How much water should be used for different types of plants He also invited listeners to visit his community garden at block 135, Serangoon Gardens. A community garden in Singapore is a public garden whereby residents of a housing estate volunteer their assistance and time in managing a small plot of land which does not belong to them.

I am a lover of potted plants growing. I started growing green non-flowering plants, especially those which were edible. Chilli, tomatoes, mints, spring onion, capsicum. Gradually, I also enjoy growing flowering plants. I do not know their names but definitely do enjoy myself watching them developing from tiny buds to full blossoms. I wish I can tell you how elated I am whenever I see my new chilli, tomatoes, capsicum or the flowers appearing. My children are thrilled as well. We have even captured those happy motions in pictures.

How I wish I can own a bigger garden, especially one that is on the ground. . . . . . so that I can start planting vegetables the organic ways.

Writer: Doris Teo

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