Recently, Annie and I attended a little workshop at the TTDI Community Center by Ecocentric Transitions.
The workshop entailed an introduction to organic urban gardening by the founder of Ecocentric Transitions – Nisha; a plant cutting exchange session (they were super generous); and also a mini guided tour of the TTDI Edible Project – a project which Ecocentric Transitions is a big part of.
We met Nisha and the other participants at 8.30a.m. by the tennis court of the community centre, where she led us to her team’s homebase. It was a stone’s throw away from the tennis court.
When we arrived, we were greeted by other friendly members including her co-founder Ly Mun. Everyone was surprised not only by the strong sense of community the Ecocentric Transition folks shared, but also by the fact that both the founders moms are involved in their mission. They too share a fiery passion for sustainable living.
Once introductions were made, school was finally in session… Here are some takeaways
- When planning your garden, consider not only the sun’s positioning but also the diversity of the plants you intend to grow as some plants grow better when paired together. You can read up more on companion planting here – knowing the age and lifecycle of plants will really help!
- Begin with herbs/fruits/vegetables that are easier to grow in our climate like mint and rosemary – you can find some tips here. Don’t begin with tomatoes if you’re new, they’re pretty tough to grow 🙁
- Introduce aerated charcoal in your edible garden as it is great for soil building. It’s the reason why the Amazon Forest is so rich 🙂
- Introduce compost in your edible garden as they are also great for soil building. If you’re DIY person, here’s a guide to building your own worm bin for vermicompost
- Pests like mealybugs and aphids are fairly common so keep a look out for them. To keep them away, blend a mix of neem leaves, garlic, and washing detergent and spray away at your plants.
- Go meet your farmers and ask them where they get their best gardening stuff – like reliable seeds and manures. Sometimes these things even come free!
Here are some pictures from our outing that day
All in all, we enjoyed the workshop and we would like to thank the friendly folks at Ecocentric Transitions for the insightful session 🙂
If our dear readers are interested in joining a similar kind of workshop… do let us know in the comments below so that we can organise our very own workshop at the Garden Care Centre!