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Growing Edibles in HDB

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Ever since we've shifted in to our house in 2014, I had been rather domesticated (lol!). However, I just didn't have the time to sit and blog about Home Decor related posts.

Since our flat comes with a balcony, we wondered how we should use it.
Soon, we realised the best way to utilise it would probably be using the space to grow some plants (too small to have our meals there haha). Now I don't grow plants there anymore, and I am missing it!

So I just thought of blogging about some of my gardening experiences - which is really fun!

You can also try it out for fun, or for your kids to see the plants' lifecycles! I also find my mood was better when I was tending the plants back then.


The first few plants that I had grown when I started gardening, were cherry tomatoes and mint. Both of them can be grown quite easily.

I bought the tomato seeds from Eco City Hydroponics. I have read on forums that this Taiwanese brand, Known You, germinates quite easily.

I didn't know better, and I tried to germinate the seeds in a planter box. You could be better off trying to germinate the seeds in paper cups, celled trays or egg trays.

You can transplant the seedlings into planter boxes after they are at least 2 inches tall.

The tomato seedlings need plenty of sun and water, however, don't expose them too long under the hot scorching sun. I remember rotating the spot where the pots were through the week.

I fertilise the plants every week, and I also water them with rice water. You would need some kind of support for the tomato plants as they grow, which I got from Daiso.

So when you get the yellow flowers, yay!! Most of the time, I do hand pollination. That is, use your fingers to gently shake or vibrate the flowers.

LOL! So small!! I don't know if they are supposed to be this small, or that the planter box is just too small for 2 tomato plants, so they might have some stunted growth.


Mint is one of the many plants that propagates very well. It's easy to just buy a pack of mint leaves in the supermarket and then try to grow from there.

What I usually do is that I would select "healthy" looking mint leaves stalks, and remove leaves at the bottom, leaving about 4 leaves on top. Then I would plant them into soil and water slightly. The soil needs to be damp at all times.

The stalks might look limpy for a few days, but continue exposing them to sufficient sun and water, and they should start to grow. Be sure to grow a few stalks more than what you actually want, just in case not all of them would thrive.


After the seedlings grow to at least 2-4 inches in height, and look strong, you can transplant them into pots or planter boxes.

Before transplant, prepare the soil beforehand. Place soil into pots or boxes, add in some fertiliser and water it 1-3 days in advance. Ensure the soil is always damp, if you are doing this a few days in advance.

When you are doing the transplant, remember to loosen the soil gently around the seedlings, so that you do not hurt the root (best to do this on pieces of newspaper). Bring along some soil which wraps the roots, and place them into prepared soil in pots. This helps prevent "shock" as they move into the new "house".

Sounds easy, isn't it? How about you? Do you have any gardening experience, and what plants do you love to grow the most? Or are you intending to start growing some edibles? Drop me a comment below and let me learn from you!

Now, if you love gardening, here's a free printable that can help you keep track of your gardening experience:

Click here for the free download. If you'd like to purchase the full version on my Etsy shop, you can do so here :)

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