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#1 User is offline   Alter Mellion 

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Hi everyone,

Recently arrived in Singapore, my girlfriend and I are looking forward to experiment gardening in a city with such a climate. That will be challenging, and we'll learn for sure a lot from you.

We started a few days ago by planting seeds we had left, mainly basil, tomatoes and lettuce but also passion fruit! The first three, we are used too, but not here, so we'll see how it goes.
The last one is a novelty and we hope it will be a success, yummy!

So here bellow is a picture of the seedlings. They are doing great so far.

http://s8.postimg.org/uscxnz4fl/Fotor_Created.jpg

There are other plants too, mainly for decoration, but here, let's focus on edibles.
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Posted 24 February 2015 - 08:01 PM

Welcome to Singapore! Where ya from?

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:20 AM

Thank you for your welcome.
We are from France and Japan.
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:20 AM

Hi, welcome.

Any reason why you grow basil and lettuce together?
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 11:36 PM

Well, the first reason is a bit silly: we just have not enough pot yet and too many seedlings.
Eventually, the basilic seedlings will be planted with the tomatoes.
We just need to found container big enough, but there is still time.
As for the lettuce, we thought about doing a vertical garden. It seems to be something often done here in Singapore, to save space.
I saw some examples on this forum. Food for thoughts.

By the way, for tomatoes, does anyone have experience with growing some here in Singapore?
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:34 AM

View PostAlter Mellion, on 25 February 2015 - 11:36 PM, said:

Well, the first reason is a bit silly: we just have not enough pot yet and too many seedlings.
Eventually, the basilic seedlings will be planted with the tomatoes.
We just need to found container big enough, but there is still time.
As for the lettuce, we thought about doing a vertical garden. It seems to be something often done here in Singapore, to save space.
I saw some examples on this forum. Food for thoughts.

By the way, for tomatoes, does anyone have experience with growing some here in Singapore?

Yes, I purchased some seeds at OH Farms ($2 a packet). It grew very well. I took care of just one seedling and that itself gives me 6-7 cherry tomatoes daily for almost a month now. I tried vegetative propagation by cutting a healthy branch and sticking it in the soil and now that too is yielding many tomatoes.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:36 AM

Welcome! Thanks for sharing your experience! Haha very soon plants will be spilling all over your garden and you'll have to decide which ones to push into a corner in order to grow new stuff :hysterical:/>

I never had much luck with tomatoes in soil. They tend to die prematurely either due to pests or random deaths. I'm currently trying out hydroponics again to see how it goes. When I was a kid, I managed to make my tomato plants flower in a hydroponics kit, but I didn't know I had to vibrate the back of flowers with an electric toothbrush for pollination or increase K fertilizers for fruit growth, so my flowers naturally just dropped off like maple leaves in winter.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:31 AM

View Postlazearus, on 26 February 2015 - 10:36 AM, said:

I didn't know I had to vibrate the back of flowers with an electric toothbrush for pollination or increase K fertilizers for fruit growth, so my flowers naturally just dropped off like maple leaves in winter.



Hi there

I'm just wondering how people pollinated their tomato blooms back in those days where we were using our hands to vibrate a regular toothbrush. Heh heh....

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:44 AM

View Postlavendergarden, on 26 February 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:

Hi there

I'm just wondering how people pollinated their tomato blooms back in those days where we were using our hands to vibrate a regular toothbrush. Heh heh....

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Haha attach a pager to the toothbrush!
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:49 AM

View Postlazearus, on 26 February 2015 - 11:44 AM, said:

Haha attach a pager to the toothbrush!

Tomato flowers are easy to pollinate. Just keep the plant close to some other plant which attracts a lot of bees. It is said that the vibration frequency of the buzzing of a bee ensures self pollination for tomatoes as well as eggplant. My tomato and eggplants are close to a drumstick tree. The tree attracts many kinds of bees and now even humming birds and parrots.
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:57 AM

Has Preeti says, generally this does the trick. A windy place can help too.
I guess one of the concern here is humidity. Anyway, will see how it goes.

As for the two many seedling issues, we start having more pots and soils now, and redispatching the whole population.
For tomatoes, we need lot of soil though. May be I let some die, sigh. Or if someone want to give a try, let me know.

http://s15.postimg.org/r9kwky6xz/P_20150301_115919.jpg
They are russian heirloom, rosa tomato "malynove vikante". Russia is a cold country, but with hot and humid summers, so maybe it'll work here.
We'll see!

This post has been edited by Alter Mellion: 01 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

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