Urban Farm School (2nd edition) – Organic Herbs and Vegetables from Small Spaces

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




S. Hoosan

I used to be very successful planting basil on the window sill of my parent’s MBR. I was so successful the window sill was so overgrown and I could harvest enough basil leaves to make stir fried vege with them. The Italian basil I bought from a single pot from Fairprice covered the entire widow sill and grew bigger leaves than the original plant! I fertilized them with coffee grounds and used tea leaves with some crushed egg shells. I once made a baked chicken dish with basil leaves as the main ingredient instead of the garnish! Heart-breakingly, I did not know how to deal with a bug that infected my entire crop. I used white oil wrongly and damaged the leaves. The plants bounced back when I stopped using it but I had to move out of my parents’ home and my mum couldn’t care for the plants (she is a traditional Asian cook and had no use for Italian basil). The crop fell into neglect and I lost them all! I couldn’t bring them over as there was no space for me to grow them in my ‘new’ flat. I wish to relive those times and venture out into other herbs. My plan is to grow all the different varieties of basil, rosemary, oregano, pandan, tomatoes and ladies finger. My favourite herb, however, is cilantro which I hear is very challenging to grow. Been reading up as much material as I can find but no useful advise on cilantro so far. Nevertheless, I won’t give up!

Joy LIu

Hi Qanvast, I had a good read on the article on 10 tips to start your own herb garden. And I personally would like to start my herb garden with plants like mint, basil, curry leaves etc at my new home. Hope to be able to be chosen for the Urban Farm School Giveaway! Thank you.

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