If you're planning to start your own mini farm in your flat, or even in your HDB corridor, these are 5 tips you'll need to get you started:
1. Understand the "microclimate" of your corridor – how much sunlight, shade or exposure tot he wind there is at a particular spot.
2. Ensure corridor is clean and unblocked. Occupy only one side and leave ample space (at least 1.2m) for emergency needs such as when a stretcher needs to pass through.
3. Sample and plant a few seeds first. Expand if the plant grows successfully.
4. Start with something easy that you like to eat. For newbies, kangkung is a good vegetable. You can grow it from seeds or its stem.
5. Take care of the soil. Aerate it well.
Tips from urban farmers, Mr Donald Tan, Mr Derrick Ng and Mr Calvin Soh.
Story first published in The New Paper.