4 Oct – a busy morning

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We have easily about 20+ people at the garden today! Including the irrigation guys from HKS Engineering. Some came to check out the garden. Some came to donate kitchen waste for composting. Some came to see what they can learn. Some just came to watch and observe. Some came to chat!

some of the neighbours at the garden
some of the neighbours at the garden

The morning started quietly enough, with 3 adults and 2 children. The older child, who is all of 10 years of age, was adamant about transplanting his lady finger plant in the edible garden. He just wanted to know where to plant. His younger brother was jumping all over the place, but was also a little gardener. Both brothers shared that they grow different types of edible plants at home, including chilli, lime, lemon, peanuts, and even apples! They subsequently brought more plants from home – peanut and chilli :)

Neighbour Mr. Teo brought out one of his dried red lady fingers, and explained how to dry it further (2 days in the sun) before harvesting the seeds to plant.

Neighbour Mr. Teo explaining how to dry the okra before planting the seeds
Neighbour Mr. Teo explaining how to dry the okra before planting the seeds
the boys transplanting their peanut plant
the boys transplanting their peanut plant

May and her family came to check out their vegetables in the wicking bed. The veggies are looking really good.

A couple of other neighbours came with plastic bags filled with kitchen waste. We had sent out sms-es, Facebook updates and emails to neighbours in the estate – to ask for kitchen waste to start a compost bin. After all, our three small barrels were given to us by Comcrop @ SCAPE, to support us in creating & sustaining an organic garden. Now that we don’t have to worry about rainwater collection, it’s time to put our barrels to composting use.

Neighbour Dennis said that with some water in the bin, we can let the covered bin stand for about a week. After that, we need to air and stir or roll the barrel every other day! Sounds fun :)

The bags (and bottle) of kitchen waste
Some of the bags (and bottle) of kitchen waste
the barrel being filled with leaves, tree bark, vegetables and fruit peels
the barrel being filled with leaves, tree bark, vegetables and fruit peels

The HKS guys listened to the neighbours’ feedback on the irrigation system, and said they would be back next week to look into what’s lacking.

They are really nice – they even brought hot soya bean drinks for the neighbours! All on the house. The children really appreciated the drinks, and even brought some home to enjoy :)

 

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