Can I grow herbs on a shady balcony? How do I harvest my herbs? Will my vegetable grow again? What kind of soil should I use? What’s the difference between soil and compost? Starting an edible garden and growing new plants inevitably raise a multitude of questions.
We have heard you and in this edition of the Urban Farm School, we have tailored the course for the novice grower with little or no experience in growing edibles . We will take you through the basics of how to select pots and soil, and how to build resilience in your small space edible garden. After the 4-week course, you will be equipped with the knowledge to get your edible garden started the right way.
Thursday Evening Courses: 16 July / 23 July / 30 July / 06 August
Saturday Morning Courses: 18 July / 25 July / 01 August / 08 August
Course One — Understanding your growing environment
It is critical whenever you start an edible garden to understand the kind of growing conditions you can or can’t provide. Identify the growing condition can help you better plan what kind of plants you can grow. In course one we will discuss :
- · Why grow your own?
- · The law and social responsibility
- · Microclimates
- · Wind
- · Heat
- · Sunlight
- · Rain/Water
- · Soil
- · Identify what kind of herbs or vegetable can be grown based on the above condition
Course Two — Growing edible plants in containers
Herbs are the perfect plants for small-space gardeners who want to grow some of their own food, or for anyone who loves good food and wants more of it. In course two, We will take you through the basics of how to start your own edible garden at home.
- · Types and selection of containers – correct pot for the correct plant
- · Permaculture in a pot - understanding the relationship between soil,compost, fertilisers and mulching
- · Drainage – methods and techniques
- · How to sow seeds
- · Correct techniques for stem propagation
- · Transplanting your plant
Course Three — Plant care and maintenance
If you think you have a “black thumb”, chances are you haven’t done the right thing to care for your plant or you haven’t met the right plant yet. In course three, we will share with you how to care for your plants the correct way.
- · Developing a maintenance routine
- · Observing your plants
- · Watering – frequency and volume
- · Fertilising – organic vs non-organic
- · Organic fertiliser recipes
- · Mulching
- · Harvesting and seed saving
Course Four — Pests and disease management in your edible garden
Having a few pests in the garden is completely normal as healthy gardens rely on a balanced ecosystem of predators and prey. However, too many pest and plagues can be an indication that something is wrong. In course four, we will discuss about pests and disease management in a natural approach.
- · What are pests and what are not
- · Common pests and plant diseases found in Singapore
- · Pests and disease management – a natural approach
- · Organic pesticide formulas