Great Gardening Books

Sometimes, us too, need a bit of refreshment and inspiration to run the farm. At those times, we would look into different books to inspire us and give us ideas of what to do next! We are recommending three great books about gardening that surely have inspired us and hopefully will inspire you too.

  1. How to Grow Food in Small Spaces

This book by The Little Veggie Patch Co, a Melbourne-based initiative, is fun to read, insightful and practical for home gardeners. It taught us how to grow your own food, even if you only have a small space.

  1. The One-Straw Revolution

A book by Masanobu Fukuoka, which is rather a combination of zen and the art of farming for those of you who are into the philosophical side of things. In this book, he elaborated about his “do-nothing” philosophy: common sense, sustainable practices and eliminating wasteful effort.

  1. Kitchen Garden Companion

If your satisfaction comes from cooking fresh ingredients that you grow yourself, then this is the perfect book for you. A comprehensive book from planting up to methods of cooking your crops by Stephanie Alexander will be a good company along your journey.

Mixed Chips New Flavors

R&D at Blueboots Kitchen is always something to look forward in our team. We love experimenting with our fresh crops and turning them into delicious products that everyone can enjoy. We are currently working on our Mixed Chips flavors and exploring new ingredients to achieve an even better taste!

A Basil Story

Basil is no stranger to Italian cuisine, nor to Asian cuisine. This herb is actually a part of mint’s family, Lamiaceae. The name “basil” itself derives from a Greek word “basileus”, which means “king.” Carrying a Latin name of Ocimum basilicum, basil has many varieties and called in different names in different part of the world. Those in Italian cuisine are usually Genovese basil, while the ones commonly used in Asian dishes are Thai basil, lemon basil or holy basil.

Basil is a popular companion plant to tomato. It is easy to sow from seed and is relatively easy to germinate. Grows best in warm environment with lots of sunlight, but try to keep it out of scorching midday sun. Basil is also a popular plant to grow at home or in pots because the don’t take much space at all and fairly easy to grow.

Night Market This Saturday

We will be joining “My Artsy Neighbourhood” Night Market this Saturday. See you there!

“My Artsy Neighbourhood”
Wheat & Wit
Pantai Indah Kapuk
Saturday, 25 March 2017
1PM – 10PM

Little Animals and Insects with Good Deeds at The Farm

Sometimes, we look down to insects, thinking that they only eat our leaves and ruin our soil. However, did you know that some insects actually bring benefit to our plants? Here’s some insects with good deeds:

  • Ladybug
    Rather popular in picture books and children nursery rhymes, ladybug is one of the insects that we love to have at the farm. The adults and larvae prey on aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Sometimes they also eat the eggs of predator insects at the farm.
  • Worm
    Worm is considered to be one of the most beneficial animals at the farm because they bring so much benefit. Worm in farm performs cultivation function, which increase soil porosity and allowing more oxygen to be absorbed into plant’s roots. On top of that, worm is also great in breaking down the farm’s organic waste and turning them into fertilizer.
  • Bee
    Bee is an essential pollinator for any farms or garden. Moving pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another part is what they do, which is the process to fertilize the plant.  

Plant Identification Through Botanical Illustration

Some of you might have seen botanical illustration because they are becoming quite a trendy thing in design these days. Perhaps in the latest wedding invitation that you received? However, did you know that botanical illustration has a big role in plant identification and adds a big library to the world of flora?

Botanical illustration has been around since the year of 512, when Juliana Anicia illustrated herbal plants for medical purpose. Since then botanical illustrator profession has emerged. What’s important in botanical illustration is that the depiction of form, color and plant species must be scientifically accurate yet also possesses aesthetic values.

Vegan Lettuce Wrap

Brown rice spring roll wrapper
Kelp noodle
Baked tofu, cut into small squares
Carrot, julienned
Spring onion, shredded
Cilantro, break into small pieces


Peanut Sauce
½ cup Blueboots Farm Creamy Peanut Butter
¼ cup coconut milk
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, grated
½ tsp grated ginger



  1. Dip a spring roll wrapper into water to dampen the wrapper, shake off excess water.
  2. Lay the wrapper and fill it with kelp noodle, baked tofu, carrot, spring onion and cilantro. Wrap it like you are wrapping a spring roll, make sure that the filling is tight.
  3. For the peanut sauce, mix all ingredients and adjust to your preference.
  4. Dip your spring roll into the peanut sauce and enjoy this healthy meal!

Things to Spread your Peanut Butter on

We’re pretty sure that Blueboots Farm’s Peanut Butter has a special place in your heart. We love to spread it abundantly on our toast, get some crackers and dip it into the butter or mix it into our home-made smoothie. How do you like to enjoy yours? Remember, you can always get if from our online shop if you are running out of peanut butter.

3 Tips for Women Who Want to Get Into Farming

Surprisingly, along our journey we have met some women in farming. For us, they give inspiration and show true grit of becoming a farmer, while balancing their role as a woman. Here are couple of tips for all women out there who are interested to get into farming or the agriculture sector.

  1. Spend some time on a working farm to get a feel of how a life as a farmer is. The farming imagined in your mind, might be entirely different from real life farming. Thus, involving in internship or volunteering in a farm, might help distinguish between farm fantasy and reality.
  2. Farming takes family support. Farming is a lifestyle that requires your time and energy. Therefore, the whole family has to be able to understand or be involved together in order for you to feel at ease to start farming
  3. Be part of a farming community. Best support system when you need help!


Peanuts Workshop Flashback

Last weekend was when we held our first Open Farm: Peanuts event at Blueboots Farm. The participants gathered at the post-harvest building and were greeted with our farm-made edamame milk and sweet potato fritters to kick start the day. After a short briefing, we then got our farm boots and hat on; we were ready to explore the farm.

First thing on the track, we visited the vegetable plot where the participants got to know more about what’s growing at Blueboots Farm. At the plot, everyone got a chance to pick up some salad leaves, aromatic leaves and edible flowers which would be made into our lunch salad and farm-style spring roll later on the day. Everyone was busy picking, smelling and harvesting the abundant vegetables from the land.

After gathering enough harvests and sending them off to the kitchen, we got going to the sweet potato plot. The sweet potato fritters from breakfast got them interested to plant sweet potatoes on their own at home. Sweet potato is one of the main crops of Blueboots Farm. It grows so well with the soil and weather condition of Blueboots Farm. Everyone enjoyed Sam’s way of telling the stories behind growing these sweet potatoes and asked lots of questions about growing them at home.

Next, we moved on to the star produce of the event. It was the Blueboots home-grown peanuts! This time, we got our farmers – Pak Andi, Pak Petrus and Pak Dahyat – to show the participants how to plant peanuts. Everyone participated in the planting process and took turns to help, from the youngest to the oldest participants. Little adrian was busy planting the seed to each hole his father created. While the ladies watch under the shade of the saung, the men were hard at work under the hot sun. Getting a taste of the farm life.

It was midday and we sat together at the saung to have lunch. Fresh vegetables which were harvested this morning joined us at the lunch spread. We had a good rest and ready for our next session.

Next up is planting session. During this session, everyone learned about the components of soil and creating their own potting mix. Everyone was able to plant their own baby chili, baby eggplants, baby mint and baby lettuces to bring back home. This event concluded the Open Farm event. Soon after, rain started trickling down and we ran back to the post-harvest facility to enjoy the wedang jahe fresh made from the farm.