Dear fellow garden lovers,
On May 19, 2017 we had our small space gardening workshop.
Though it was hosted during lunch time, it's lovely that we still got quite a few participants turn up.
There are various ways to do gardening in small spaces, in this workshop, we mainly focused on container garden.
Our coordinator Joyce first started by talking some basic elements of container gardening, below are the main points of each elements to keep in mind!
1.Most herbs need partial sun (roughly six hours per day).
2.Most leafy veggies (lettuce, spinach, asian greens and Kale) can grow in light shade(roughly four hours per day).
Type of container:
1.There are no best types of containers. It all depends on the type of plants that you are aiming to grow! For example, root vegetables need deep containers while lettuces are fine with shallow soil.
Soil and nutrients:
1.Add coconut coir to increase water holding capacity (more relevant during hotter months)
2. Use pea straw or broken autumn leaves as mulch to reduce water evaporation
3.Use liquid fertiliser like Fish Emulsion or Nitrosoil as a supplementary way to add fertiliser( especially when you don't have sources to add regular compost)
For demonstration, we used herbs(mint, sage, rosemary and basil mint) as examples.
All the herbs are fresh cuttings taken from the garden.
A seed library box was the other option for the participants to play with. Some participants chose to plant some Bok Choy and lettuce.
Since the weather is not in the most favourable condition, some of our participants chose to leave their new babies in our glasshouse near the system garden for a few weeks. Fingers crossed they will survive and become strong to be taken home for later.
A little bit of harvest was then done after the workshop. There was nothing much to harvest in the autumn, but luckily our capsicum and rhubarb are ready!
For the whole guide for container gardening, kindly refer to the gardening guide page for "balcony gardening" !http://mucgarden.weebly.com/gardening-guides.html
Thanks for reading and see you again in our next workshop!
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