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Gardening

  • Getting Festive with Fittonias

    Getting Festive with Fittonias

    Gardening

    The double-whammy of Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day both fall on the same day this year. Rather than crowding your home with equal parts roses and pussy willows, how about trying your hand at the nerve plant, which comes in brilliant colours to brighten up your festive season?

  • Pottering Around With Plant Pots

    Pottering Around With Plant Pots

    Gardening

    While you take on the mammoth task of spring cleaning and redecorating for the New Year, you may decide to acquire new plants for your home. But why stop there? Take the opportunity to complement your home décor with new plant pots too.

  • Green Fingers At Work In ST Kinetics

    Green Fingers At Work In ST Kinetics

    Gardening

    In large organisations, employees may not often have opportunities to socialise outside their immediate teams. ST Kinetics is an interesting exception. Twice a month, the staff across various departments work side-by-side to maintain the community gardens on the company's grounds.

  • Pea Sprouts: Easy To Grow, And Tasty Too

    Pea Sprouts: Easy To Grow, And Tasty Too

    Gardening

    Pea sprouts, also known as 豆苗 (dòu miáo), are a popular dish at Chinese banquets and at 煮炒('zhi char') meals. They are actually the young seedlings of the pea plant, Pisum sativum.

  • What a Terra-fic Idea!

    What a Terra-fic Idea!

    Gardening

    Bring a little of the garden into your home or on your office desk. Learn how to build your very own mini terrarium with simple household items and enjoy some greenery indoors.

  • Greening Up Northbrooks Secondary School

    Greening Up Northbrooks Secondary School

    Gardening

    The DIY vertical garden in Northbrooks Secondary School beautifies its walls and helps reduce the building’s temperature.

  • Keeping It Local: Native Ornamental Plants for Your Outdoor Garden

    Keeping It Local: Native Ornamental Plants for Your Outdoor Garden

    Gardening

    In the previous issue of My Green Space, we introduced a selection of sun-loving flowering species in this article (/keeping-it-local-with-native-ornamental-plants/). If you lack a gardening area with full sun, do not despair – here, we introduced a range of native species that are good for shady outdoor areas. These plants are also suitable for high-rise dwellers with a partially shaded balcony.

  • What’s At Stake? Providing Support For Your Plant

    What’s At Stake? Providing Support For Your Plant

    Gardening

    Have you ever noticed your plants getting ‘top heavy’? From time to time, you may find that the weight of a plant’s canopy is causing its stem to bend. Gardeners stake their plants for this, and other reasons. For instance, stakes also helps to prevent plants from toppling or being uprooted by a gust of wind.

  • Budding Young Gardeners at Hougang Primary

    Budding Young Gardeners at Hougang Primary

    Gardening

    Nine-year-old Syahirah’s first foray into gardening started out with growing green beans in a plastic cup. Her budding interest has slowly blossomed into a full-fledged passion for gardening, shared by her schoolmates in Hougang Primary School. Sudarshan, another member of the school’s gardening club, enjoys nurturing flowering plants. “I get excited when the flowers bloom in the garden. They’re so colourful!” he exclaims.

  • How To Make A Green Roof For Your Pet

    How To Make A Green Roof For Your Pet

    Gardening

    If you love plants and animals, here’s a way to combine both interests: make a mini green roof on top of your pet’s kennel. A green roof refers to a building’s roof that is partially or wholly covered with plants.

  • A City In A (Butterfly) Garden

    A City In A (Butterfly) Garden

    Gardening

    Butterflies share an intimate relationship with plants, and Singapore – the Garden City – is home to 295 species of butterflies. As we journey toward becoming a City in a Garden, the close relationship between our city and its green spaces provides great opportunities for us to cultivate butterfly habitats, especially within our living environments.

  • A Fragrant Garden Of Herbal Remedies

    A Fragrant Garden Of Herbal Remedies

    Gardening

    At Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) community garden, the plant selection is highly unique. This garden specialises in herbs – its name in Chinese, 方草园, loosely translates as ‘herb garden’. Planted on a steep slope, the fragrant, fresh smells from this herb garden beckon to all who visit or pass by. It has been a labour of love since the beginning.

  • Butterfly Breeding At Home!

    Butterfly Breeding At Home!

    Gardening

    Butterflies can be seen in parks and gardens, where there are plants which provide them with food. But did you know that you can also experience the process of metamorphosis in your own home?

  • How To Mulch Your Trees & Shrubs

    How To Mulch Your Trees & Shrubs

    Gardening

    When out and about in our parks and gardens, you may have noticed a ring of black organic material around the bases of trees and shrubs. Though it may not look as interesting as the plant it surrounds, this ring of mulch is actually very beneficial to plants.

  • Learning Gardens

    Learning Gardens

    Gardening

    As schools become more aware of the benefits of experiential learning, school gardens have been transformed in outdoor classrooms, enabling students to discover science and the natural environment through fun, engaging and hands-on gardening activities

  • Discover the Many Uses of the Roselle Plant!

    Discover the Many Uses of the Roselle Plant!

    Gardening

    Botanically known as Hibiscus sabdariffa, the roselle plant is a member of the hibiscus family, Malvaceae. The plant is a shrub that produces numerous attractive, pink-coloured hibiscus-like flowers, with a distinctive eye in the centre.

  • Simple Joys With Plant Materials

    Simple Joys With Plant Materials

    Gardening

    Without smartphones and computers, ever wondered how kids who lived in kampongs entertained themselves in the past? With just the simple coconut shell, beans, seeds, other plant materials, and lots of imagination, they could amuse themselves for hours on end. Take a trip down memory lane with me as I reminisce about the simple joys of the good old days.

  • Community Garden Edibles Competition - So Far, So Huge

    Community Garden Edibles Competition - So Far, So Huge

    Gardening

    The Community Garden Edibles Competition is now underway for the largest and healthiest fruits and vegetables in Singapore. The competition will conclude on 5 and 6 September 2015 at HortPark.

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