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KnowYourEdibles#2 - Basils

November 12, 2015 QING LI

Hello, gardeners! Have you ever been confused and unsure about what type of basil to grow? From over 40 known varieties to choose, this might be the most challenging step in growing this herb. Well, this week’s post aims to provide you with some guide in taking this first step! Knowing the different varieties of basil and what each variety is used for will enable you to make the appropriate decision for that first step. Basil is one of the easiest herbs you can grow and can be put to various culinary uses. Like many other herbs and vegetables, they...


Potting Mix II: Compost & Vermicast

October 30, 2015 Nur'Izzah Bte Mohamad Afandi

KnowYourEssentials#2b Good morning, fellow gardeners! Thank goodness the haze situation seems to be getting better and the PSI levels have dropped; fresher air for everyone and for our plants too! Continuing from last week’s post on potting mix, this week we touch on compost and worm castings (vermicast) two very important components that provide our plants with the nutrients they need in order to fruit or grow better. Compost Compost is the single most important supplement which is made up of decayed organic matter that you can give your garden soil. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and...


Potting Mix I

October 24, 2015 Nur'Izzah Bte Mohamad Afandi

KnowYourEssentials#2a Greetings, readers! We have come full circle in our blog posts and are now back to the category of KnowYourEssentials. For these two weeks, we look at the most basic medium that you need to be familiar with for any kind of gardening- potting mix. It is important to familiarize yourself with the different components/ingredients and their respective functions in order to know the best potting mix that you need for the plants that you intend to grow. Components of Potting Mix Ideally, a general potting mix should be able to retain moisture, is light and airy, contains nutritional...


Easy Ways to Use Kale

October 16, 2015 Nur'Izzah Bte Mohamad Afandi

UseYourEdibles#1 Good day, readers! T.G.I.F! How has your week been? It has been a busy one for us, hence the late entry of this week’s blog post. Sincerest apologies for that and THANK YOU for still being with us on our weekly blog post series :) The weekends are just a sniff away and it is time to load up on nutrients to recharge for the upcoming week! Any ideas how to do so yet? If you haven’t, fret not. Remember the benefits of the nutritional powerhouse, kale, that we talked about in our last blogpost? Let’s all give kale...


Getting to Know Kale

October 08, 2015 Nur'Izzah Bte Mohamad Afandi

KnowYourEdibles#1 Good morning, folks! :) This week’s blogpost will centre on the cruciferous vegetable known for its exceptionally high nutritional value, kale! We will take a look at the different types of kale, the health benefits of kale, and how you can grow your own kale right here in tropical Singapore. Types of Kale Kale is part of the Brassica oleracea family, which includes wild cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The different types of kale include: Curly KaleCurly Kale is the most common type of kale. It is usually bright/dark green or purple in color and its leaves have...