Growing Our City in Nature
The City in Nature vision seeks to bring greenery closer to us. The community plays a key role in the ownership and stewardship for nature which will bring forth benefits of health and well-being.
We are excited to partner you in this phase of our greening journey where we make Singapore our City in Nature, and spark love for community gardening by using this pack of seeds to grow food plants.
Minister Desmond Lee’s message at the virtual launch of Gardening with Edibles initiative on 18 June 2020.
We launched the Gardening with Edibles initiative on 18 June 2020 to encourage the public to garden at home with edible plants. Under this programme, we distributed free seed packets to interested members of public and publishing gardening resources on our website. We will also be expanding the allotment gardening scheme and the Community in Bloom (CIB) programme.
This Gardening with Edibles initiative is also aligned with Singapore’s national strategy to strengthen our food resilience. The “30 by 30” goal led by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) aims to produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs locally by the year 2030.
Gardening with edible plants is a fun and rewarding activity that can produce harvests for you to enjoy and share with your community. We hope that the seeds will spark your interest in gardening.
Thanks to the overwhelming support for our Gardening with Edibles programme, we have distributed close to 460,000 seed packs!
We are currently conducting monthly Gardening with Edibles Masterclasses, and will be distributing seed packets for the variety of edible plants covered in the month’s masterclass to participants who successfully registered and attend the masterclass online. To find out more about the Gardening with Edibles Masterclass Series, please visit: www.nparks.gov.sg/gardening/gardening-with-edibles/gardening-masterclass
In addition, we will be holding the Community Garden Edibles Competition (October Edition). To find out more about the Community Garden Edibles Competition, please visit: www.nparks.gov.sg/gardening/community-garden-edibles-competition
Gardening with Edibles Facebook Live - Episode 1
As the seeds grow and you see the fruits of your labour, share your stories with us on social media using the hashtags #NParksBuzz and #GardeningwithEdiblesSG! We're looking forward to it - happy gardening!
As you begin your gardening journey, do keep your garden neat and clean for all to enjoy. To prevent the collection of stagnant water, unused containers should be upturned and kept under shelter when not in use. Check pots and plant dishes frequently for stagnant water. Clean and scrub the inner sides of plant dishes thoroughly to remove any mosquito eggs. If you have water features and ponds, always keep fish such as guppies, which eat mosquito larvae. Drains and gutters should also be checked regularly and kept clear of leaves.
When handling soil, sharp tools and garden chemicals, always use gloves. Appropriate clothing and covered footwear are recommended when gardening and do be mindful of your surroundings while using sharp tools such as scissors and the gardening hoe. Store gardening tools, pesticides and chemical fertilisers in a secure location out of reach of children and pets.
This programme is jointly funded by founding partners DBS Bank and Tote Board through the Garden City Fund. Click here to learn more about DBS's initiatives to promote food resilience and reduce food waste. Click here to visit Tote Board's website.