Derrick Ng looks like your average Singaporean, except that he is also an urban farmer with the skills to run a farm and produce quality, pesticide-free leafy vegetables, and an entrepreneur running a F&B and farm business.
He grows vegetables at home and at his community garden, and specialises in growing mostly the common leafy vegetables such as Chye Sim, Pek Chye and Chinese Cabbage. If you have space at home along your corridor, balcony or yard, why not start growing some vegetables, herbs or fruits?
If you’re a newbie in gardening, the National Parks Board (NParks) has compiled some gardening tips and resources to help residents who are interested to start gardening at home. You can also check out Green Culture Singapore, an active gardening discussion forum, where you can find out more info and seek advice on how to grow edible plants, including leafy and fruit vegetables, herbs and fruits.
Some of the CIB gardens grow fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and spices, and the residents get to enjoy the harvest. If you wish to start a community garden in your estate with your neighbors, you can approach NParks for advice and help. Start today to grow your own food at home or in the community to better appreciate your food and waste less.
Step 1: Plan your arrangement!  Once the dirt is in, you won’t be able to play with it much, so it’s a good idea to lay out your sacks ahead of time so you know you’ll have good spacing. Try to keep the dirt off the walls of your sack, but don’t worry about it too much.  I just pour until I can turn the bucket upside-down and slowly pull the bucket off.
The vegetables are for his family and friends, and the balance will be supplied to the community and to his fish soup stall. He learns through experience and interaction with many growers or hobbyists who are plying the same trade, and also surfs the Internet for information and the theory behind managing commercial farms. I began to use my produce to sustain my fish soup stall to curb the hike in operation cost.


This would also help to reduce the food wastage during transportation and storage, the resources spent, and carbon emissions generated from importing food.
If you can use what you grow for cooking, we think you would appreciate your food better and think twice before wasting your food (ahem…unless your cooking is really bad). Since 2005, NParks has been running the Community In Bloom (CIB) programme to foster a gardening culture in Singapore and facilitate residents, schools or companies in setting up and sustaining community gardens. NParks has an online map of the over 400 CIB gardens where you can find a community garden near your estate and help out in the gardening.
During the course of this series, reader Feline chimed in and told me she was successfully growing vegetables in burlap sacks! I tossed these sacks together in like 5 minutes back in February.  They’re still holding up just fine (yes, I know I need to cut my onions back). I started a garden this year and my kids have really enjoyed watching everything as it is sprouting. He has also expanded his operation of growing vegetables at his Neo Tiew farm and will be able to increase production in the future. To my surprise, my customers actually tasted the veggies and keep coming back and share with me that my veggies tasted sweet and crunchy. I do agree that no matter how much the supermarkets are claiming how fresh their vegetables are, the quality does not match up the cost (in money as well as environmental). I then begin to think how I’m able to reach out to more people to buy and eat my veggies that are organically grown in soil. It is heart-warming to know there are people like Derrick who actually take action to find a long term solution to a long term problem. I practice ethical, common sense couponing and report on a wide-range of deals including grocery, apparel, and travel.


My first year, I just got a bunch of lettuce seeds, kicked up the mud, sprinkled the seeds on the ground, and kicked some more mud over the top. After the consultation, the doctor will always prescribe us with either common cold or flu medicine with the occasional antibiotics. So, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and started to grow my own veggies along the corridor. The English are very good at gardening, with their straight lines and bits of string, but that’s not me. For the first year, that’s not bad.If you have a go at something easy like lettuce, then grow some squash or pumpkins next time. If I’m growing an apple tree, it will take a year or two to get one or two apples, and it will take another 20 or 30 years to get a lot of apples.There’s enough food in that seed to keep it alive. If I put a seed in cotton wool in a bit of water, it would start sprouting and growing for about eight days. Then it runs out of fuel, and it has to start drawing from the soil.You plant one apple seed in the ground, and it turns into a sapling. Then, when it’s a little bigger you plant it in some half-decent soil, in a little spot in the garden.
Before you know it, you’ll be 10 years older, and you’ll have 100 of these babies, but you’ve never really given it much care. Anything that grows on a tree is pretty low-maintenance.This is really clever stuff going on here.



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