It worries me sometimes to see gardeners doing things like pouring hot water down the soil, using fire to flame the top layer of the soil.
While every technique has its unique target use, it is very important for every farmer and gardener to know that the long term health of the plants depends HUGELY on the long term ecosystem of your soil.

If your garden ecosystem is well developed, you will see ALOT of life in the garden , including beneficial insects.
At The Living Centre, we thrive on applications of organic farming princples to developed a strong ecosystem, that includes something that you will see in our soil.

View the Video Below to find out more!

 

At The Living Centre, we promote both soil-based growing and soil-less growing as each method and approach has their own benefits.

Cost of growing indoor using LED is higher, and that is why price of these crops are higher when they are harvest and sold to the consumers.

In the photo below, our Founder, Ms Faith Foo are showing the Lettuce Seedlings that we have growing indoors. 
The LED lights we used are research and commercial grades ones which are usually not available to home hobbyist, but they are high quality efficiency lights designed to optimised crops growth.

LED Indoor Vegetables Seedlings

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We believe alot in conducting research and trials to grow crops that are traditionally challenging to grow in our hot weather Singapore.

In the month of October this year, we experienced quite a bit of rain and sunshine!

Alot of growers in Singapore struggled to grow Rosemary, and most home gardeners complained that their rosermary ''died'' within a month after they bought a pot from a typical nursery.

In our Herbs class, we help you to understand the key foundations to effective growing of herbs , including mediterranean ones like Rosemary.

In the video below, we show how we successfully propogate Rosemary plants to strive in our challenging Singapore weather!

Rosemary does not like to be in "wet soaked soil", so we did the necessary soil amendments based on organic farming principles (you will learn this in the grow herbs class)

 

There are various methods of propagating vegetable seedlings. 
One common method used in our local farms is to sow seeds in module cell trays, and the seedlings are then transplanted to the land when they are about 2 to 3 weeks old (depending on type of crops).

A healthy seedling removed from the module trays will have a good root system, with near white roots.

Vegetable Seedling

 

For lettuce, maturity of the crop usually take 45 to 60 days (depend on crop and climate conditions).
Therefore, we will usually grow the seedling a little longer in the tray when compared to other local leafy greens (e.g. pak choi)

For a beginner gardener, they may want to start off with direct seedling, to mimimise the risk of transplant shock when they move their seedlings.

For a intermediate and advanced gardener/farmer, it is a good practise to grow seedlings and transplant them to your land as it will allow you to have successive planting and maximise your crop yield based on your given spaces.

 

 

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