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Residents tamper with vegetable planting with vertical hydroponic kits, eco news and top stories

SINGAPORE – Tampines residents will be able to grow their own organic vegetables for personal consumption in a cleaner and more efficient way.

On Saturday (Nov. 21), it was announced that our Tampin’s Hub will provide residents with vertical hydroponic kits that can be used to eat vegetables, rather than the traditional method of planting in the soil.

These sets are about 1 meter wide and less than 2 meters high and can hold up to 20 plants.

A pilot project will provide residents with about 50 suitable kits free of charge, such as having adequate sunlight.

The scheme is part of an initiative called Our Green Hut, which also includes the establishment of a vertical hydroponic farm to produce more than 15 varieties of vegetables.

Speaking to reporters at the launch on Saturday, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli said, “Growing food in Tampines is really a big plan. We not only produce vegetables, but also release several Carpark roof gardens to engage residents to grow a commercially viable roof. Estate.”

About 600 Tampine residents are already interested in the vertical hydroponic project.

“This is just the beginning,” Mr Masagos said. “We do not want this to be a one-off, they just throw away the equipment.

“We want to prove to them that they want to do this as a continuous effort to grow food at home, starting with simple vegetables and then with the more difficult ones.”

Tan Min Chu was one of the first settlers to start growing vegetables using a vertical hydroponic kit. ST Photo: Jason Quah

This aims to meet 30 percent of Singapore’s nutrition needs by 2030. This is a plan brought forward due to the coronary virus crisis. Mr Masagos said: Our children can understand the technology as well as production and development needed to grow food at home.

Tan Min Chu, a 64-year-old retired aviation officer and a volunteer at our Tampines Hub, was one of the first residents to start growing vegetables such as Chai Sim using a vertical hydroponic kit.

The structure was installed on her balcony about a month before the pilot project.

She said: “I lived in Kampung (a village) so I always liked to grow vegetables. I thought there was no harm in trying something new.”

This kit ensures that the nutrient-filled water circulates internally. So Mrs. Tan does not need to water the plants daily. But monitor the nutrient level using a meter every few days and add more nutrients or water if needed. It takes about three weeks to harvest.

“This kit is very clean for growing vegetables. The soil can be dirty and dusty. It saves space due to the vertical arrangement.”

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