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Hop on the vertical gardening trend! This handy guide shows you how to get started.

Gardening

Vertical Gardening at Home for Beginners

Vertical gardening has been gaining popularity lately. Besides being a planting solution that saves space, vertical gardens are a unique and highly customisable option to display your favourite plants at home.

We break down the key benefits of installing a green wall (or more!) at home, and show you how to get on this growing trend!

Why get a vertical garden?

Just in case you need more reasons why vertical gardening is the new greening way to go:

1. A vertical garden is a great conversation starter. Transform a plain wall with greenery that will surely impress your guests. With your vertical garden as the focal decorative showpiece in your flat, there is also no need to invest in expensive art to dress up your walls.

2. It improves the air quality in your home. Plants help to purify and clean the air in their surroundings, acting as natural air-filters and contributing to your health.

3. A vertical garden lets you grow your own food at home. Imagine the convenience of snipping the herbs you need for your pasta dish right off your home garden!

Turn it into a shared passion with your loved ones, and enjoy the fruits of your labour together! 🙂

How do I construct a vertical garden at home?

First, decide where you plan to install your new vertical garden at home. Pick a wall that will show off your green wall to maximum impact, while considering factors such as sufficient light to keep your plants healthy.

Next, choose the type of planter system that best suits the plants you wish to grow. There are various types of green wall systems on the market, but maintainability should be your primary concern.

(Photo credit: Urban Green Lab)

For ease of assembly and replacement of plants, go for a modular pot system or hanging planters. You can even DIY your own system using different materials such as steel mesh, wooden crates or rods!

How do I maintain my vertical garden?

The same gardening rules apply for vertical gardens too! Make sure your plants receive regular watering, fertilising and pruning. Look into setting up an automated drip irrigation system for easier watering.

Soil is often not used in vertical gardens due to their weight, especially when wet. Media that are more porous such as pumice is a good alternative that enables healthy root growth with adequate drainage and aeration. While going soilless helps you avoid houseplant pests, you would need to feed your plants using water-soluble fertiliser to provide them with nutrients.

Pruning is essential for vertical gardens, to ensure that faster-growing plants do not crowd or invade the space of others. This will help prevent pest and disease problems, and ensure that your plants are evenly exposed to light.

What plants can I grow in my vertical garden?

While not all plants will thrive in vertical gardens, you can still select from a wide variety of species from ferns to vines, depending on the existing environmental conditions such as sunlight.

For gardening newbies, consider perennials like the heart-leaf philodendron and pothos that are low-maintenance and hardy. Their growth pattern allows them to climb the support structure to create a lush effect.

Edible herbs such as basil and thyme can also be a practical option if you love cooking, while succulents are an ideal choice for a smaller vertical garden and can withstand less frequent watering.

Are you cultivating your own vertical garden? Share your experience and photos with us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg, and follow MyNiceHome for more gardening tips! 🙂

By Kay Liao
November 23, 2017


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Renovation Tips

3 Renovation Guidelines for Happy Neighbours

Most home owners engage a renovation contractor (from the list on HDB InfoWEB) to transform their new HDB flat into their dream home. However, the renovation can be noisy and dusty and create inconvenience to neighbours.

These 3 renovation guidelines will help make for happy neighbours:

1. Notice of renovation

Inform your neighbours of your renovation plan, at least 3 days before the start of the works.

Your renovation contractor is also required to display the Notice of Renovation issued by HDB, outside your flat for the duration of the renovation works.

2. Renovation hours

While general renovations are to be carried out between 9:00am and 6:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays, renovation works that generate noise are to be carried out only between 9:00am and 5:00 pm on weekdays only. These works include demolition of walls, removal of wall/ floor finishes, cutting of tiles, and heavy and excessive drilling or hammering works.

Noisy works are not permitted on weekends, eve of major* public holidays and on public holidays – so that your neighbours can enjoy some peace and quiet on their rest days.

*The major public holidays are: New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas.

• DIY works

If you are into DIY decoration, do note that works involving drilling or hammering are to be avoided between 10:30pm to 7:00am. If you really need to carry out such works within these timings, do inform your neighbours in advance.

3. Complete your renovations promptly

Ensure that your contractor completes the renovation works within the set guidelines i.e. renovations should be completed within 1 month for existing HDB blocks and 3 months for new HDB blocks. This time frame works in your interest and your neighbours’ too.

For details on HDB renovation guidelines, check out the HDB InfoWEB.

By Priya Shandhini
November 22, 2017


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