Monday, April 23, 2012

Organic Container Gardening

I hate doing groceries. And I hate it more when half of the veggies I bought will not be fresh anymore by midweek. And I have come to realize that maybe it's almost impossible for me to get a bungalow with a decent plot of land now. I used to dream we will have a small garden that can sustain our family needs. The price of that kind of house with that kind of land is atrocious nowadays. So maybe, I have to make do with whatever I have now. The concrete balcony. And do something like this ;-)
Both my parents and my parents-in-law are from agriculture background. So Mr O really cannot understand why I have to spend money and my whole Saturday to learn about gardening.
Errrmmm...errmmm.....well....maybe it's easier to learn from an outsider?? OR maybeeee I just need an excuse?? Just give me a break lah kan?? Once in a while, time away from u and the kiddos can be really therapeutic u know....wakakaka (quickly duck under the table!!!) ;-)

Anyway, I was here last Saturday. Pieces, No 15 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, KL. I followed my GPS blindly and reached the place pretty early. Was so proud of myself for not getting lost ;-)
The registration counter. Shao-Lyn and Juergen from Eats,Shoots & Roots hard at work.
Pieces is a furniture boutique. They hoard junks and turn them into gems. There were some really nice stuffs there. Open by appointment.
There were about 20 of us. I feel much better after I found out most of the participants are quite a noob in gardening ;-)
The first lecture is by Ms Tan from CETDEM. She went through the basics with us. Soil management, composting, crop rotation, fertilization, mulching, regeneration of the soil etc etc.
But what I like most about her session was when she explained the whole concept of organic gardening. Organic gardening is not just about health. It helps u discover your relationship with nature.And it teach u to be a better you. Okay...I am feeling so ZEN right now...wakakaka ;-)

The next session was done by Sabina from Eats, Shoots & Roots. She went through the concept of container gardening and how it can be done without a land.
Practical sessions. Mixing the soil.
Stuffs that go into the soil mixture.
Making sure the soil mixture is moist enough. Squeeze until u get a drop of water.
 Preparing the container from plastic bottle.

Done. Let's see whether this mint will grow in my balcony ;-)
Other type of container gardening. Rain gutter.
Bigger mineral water container.
Self watering system. Completely DIY.
Full view of the self watering container gardening system.
 Pests. Mealybugs. Aphids.
We finished around 5.30pm. I learned so much. Time to put the knowledge into practise huh???!! I think my key takeaways from the training session is I must start. But start small. And build up from there.

There are many types of vegetables that can be easily grown in a container. Kangkung, bak choy, spinach, tomato, sweet potato, lemon grass, garlic, loofah, lettuce, ginger apparently grows very well in container. OKAY...maybe easy for them but not for me...hahaha.  Nevermind...must have faith.... let's do it ;-)


  1. I've aphids on my leaves. Any organic way to get rid of them?

  2. Martha, cannot remember about aphid specifically. Need to dig my notes. But they did cover natural insect repellant eg garlic spray. And grow serai (lemon grass) & marigold to deter insects.