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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:35 AM

Hi all,

Just a normal Sporean staying in a HDB with limited space to do some gardening. Every corner in and outside my home is considered a luxury for me to "splash" some greens and hopefully to enhance the beauty and air of the surroundings. I have plants in toilet, room, living room and kitchen and i am glad my wife, mum and the rest of the family are able to tolerant my invasive species. :)/> I am also lucky to have a plot in the community garden to try out more plants which is definitely not possible at my house.


I also got inspired by sthh to do some vege planting at home which will be shown here.
http://www.greencult...riment-journal/

Hope that this journal will also inspire others to do some gardening at home too. I also try to reuse some products for my plants and hopefully, i can get more ideas from you all.
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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:59 AM

Let's start with the toilet, a very unlikely place to have plants. Unless you are blessed with a big toilet with huge window that can be seen in the new hdb/condo, it is quite hard to have plants in the toilet. Initially i had a few but i think i reduce to one for ease to maintaining. Somemore using a very lazy method, i manage to keep this dwarf peace lily alive. Peace lily requires a lot of water and i really get tired of watering it. I saw a pencil holder which is actually a used cup. The pot fit into the cup very well and i decide to fill it up with water and place it between my heater and the window. more leaves sprout out and i only need to top up the water once a week. I had separated a few shoots and used the same method and pass them to my bro at his house. Yes i am lazy but i guess planting must be fun too and also, the peace lily can use the water whenever it wants. Furthermore, i think less water is wasted through evaporation as the pot fit completely on top of the cup. Recently i only realise this is called the Kratky method. It is not just a lazy man method, it is also a idiot proof method too. when i went for long holidays, i just ask my sis to top up for me and she has almost no knowledge for planting and the plant survives.

Peace lily can help to absorb mold and purify the air and it is a good addition to your home. The only problem it loves to drink and you can use the above method, it can be a cup or container or cut used plastic bottles where you can easily find at home. Just make sure it is opaque to prevent algae.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:14 AM

Spider plant is also one of the best air purifier plants and it is definitely a good addition in the house. Using the same method, i manage to keep it alive with minimal effort. Just add water and it is good to go. I have not added any liquid fertilizer yet but i guess i will be adding soon.



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:29 AM

Haha this is not a air purifier plant. This is actually a thai basil. I have harvested a lot of such cuttings from my community garden and now waiting for them to root. This one seem to root faster and i decide to use this method and see how it will progress. If everything goes well, it will be a gift to frds who love to have in their homes for kitchen use. A way to get rid of my plastic bottles and also to make people happy, 1 arrow 2 birds.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:34 AM

Another used container put in good use. great to see these kang kong sprouting fast, cant wait for them to grow bigger.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:50 AM

This is my small corner in my room. Luckily my wife does not mind to allocate a small corner for my little ones. Of coz, tender loving care for my baby but at the same time not neglecting these babies too. Snake plants, another air purifier plant and do not need to water so much due to their ability to store water in their thick leaves. At the right are the peace lily. I actually used a tall used container and filled with clay balls. I believe this is called the semi hydroponics method where i need to create a reservoir of water at the bottom for their roots to reach. Will take a pic of it. This used to be in my toilet on top of the flush but the area started to be filled with baby stuffs so i decided to move it here.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 12:49 PM

I had kept plants on top of my aquarium, a good way to help to absorb the nutrients and also, hopefully can help to clean the air.

This is the Chinese evergreen plant.

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This is the money plant.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 12:52 PM

This is my new addition, growing some nai bai above my aquarium. Still keeping my fingers crossed.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 01:06 PM

Over to my community garden.

I gt this pumpkin seeds when my mum was cutting for our lunch. Hand itch and took 2 to plant and see what i got.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 01:14 PM

My neighbour has setup a nice trelis and it would be a waste not to use it. She gladly adopted my 3 white bittergourd plant and it is great to see them crawling up the support. I am trying to grow some cucumber seeds and she is more happy to adopt them for them to climb at the other side of the trelis. Hope to update this soon.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 01:18 PM

Manage to capture a Roselle flower over the weekend.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:23 AM

This is my vegetable plot. Growing some nai bai, lettuce, jie lan and kang kong. This is taken 3 days ago.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:29 AM

Okra aka lady's finger, one of the easiest vegetable to grow with strong sun light. Many of them are grown from seeds but some i got it from the nursery.

The flower

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The fruit

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These are the ones from seeds.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:31 AM

Blue pea flower from seeds, courtesy of my neighbour. The fruit is actually a bean pod.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:36 AM

The bittergourd plants are reaching for the sun.

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My neighbour has already gt the trelis ready. Got see the string used in the outer trelis, actually this one we used in the army, forget the name. My neighbour's husband manage to recycle their son NS stuffs, quite a smart way to do it. I still have it in my backpack.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

Thai Basil, got 3 variants here. Really help to add to the smell. Fast grower and very lush. Have been pruning the flowers to prevent the wooden stem forming.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:55 AM

Invading my mum's territory with caution. a very good way is to observe which part of the house has the most sunlight and it happens to be in the kitchen. Space is very limited due to hanging of clothes and the utensils rack there but of coz, manage to squeeze some space. So far, have not grow anything here yet but mainly is to trying to root the young plants.

A small corner for cultivating basil and mint

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Roots are forming for the basil

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Using tissue paper to sow some seeds, these are the dragonfruit seeds. Quite a few have sprouted and they already at the corridor and the community garden. once the seeds have sprouted, i will jus cut the small part around the roots to prevent damage and then bury together into the soil as paper is biodegradable.

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Avocado seed hanging above water. Still waiting for it to huat ah ... to split but seem like it will take a while. Previously i tried once but the seed dried up. This one seem to be doing well so far. Crossing fingers now.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:00 AM

Previously i was mentioning about the semi hydroponics. You can see that the clay balls is very deep. I just make sure the bottom dun dried up and the roots will find their way inside. Clay balls provide a lot of air for the roots to breathe and there is a reservoir of water for the plants to drink. Cannot fill the water to the top or else the roots will drown and rot.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:05 AM

These are the flowers that have bloomed in my corridor. some of them are seasonal but i manage to take some pics when they bloomed.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:29 AM

Kang kong growing fast, almost twice the height in 2 days.

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