Mentorship Program with UnLtd

We are lucky enough to be selected in this year’s UnLtd mentoring program, Rise Inc. Stay tune as we progress through the program and we will share the process with you. We’re hoping that we can improve Blueboots Farm to scale up and make bigger impact.

Growing Seedlings

We have been dedicating some of our times at the farm to grow some seedlings. Seedling is a great way to start planting at home and we would love to share some seedlings for you so you can grow your own plants as well. What seedlings would you like to grow at home? Perhaps some herbs or aromatic plants?

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.

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.

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.

The One Thing You Need to Know About Watering Your Plant

The one thing you need to know about watering your plants is never water when the sun high up in the sky! The water you give to the soil will not effectively be taken in by the plants as the heat of the sun will evaporate the water given at a fast rate. Also, the evaporation of water sprayed in on the leaves will cause some leaves to get burnt and turn black.

P.S. Best to water before 7AM and after 4PM

5 Good Reasons to Start Farming

As January kicked off, we met some people who were interested to start a new hobby. How happy we are that some actually are interested to get into farming! We’re not talking about having a massive land and turn it into a farm. You could do urban farming in your garden or the balcony of your apartment to start with. For those of you who have the same intention, we have listed 5 good reasons to start farming in 2017.

  1. You don’t need much to start
    Believe it or not, growing your own produce won’t cost you that much. You only need a couple of basics such as seeds, soil and some pots to start with. You can have a close look of your plants everyday by giving them enough water and sunlight. Doesn’t cost much at all!
  2. The freshest produce
    Have you ever cooked some pasta and wished that you have bought a bag of basil from the market? Well, if you grow them at home, you only have to pick them from the pot in your balcony.
  3. Utilise your idle space
    Got some space on your windowsills, backyard or balcony? Then turning those idle spaces into a small farm corner would be a fruitful idea. Urban farming doesn’t need much space yet they can be turned into some amazing produces. So start looking around your place for that idle corner so you can start your own urban farm.
  4. Turn your rubbish into gold
    Did you know that you can turn your food waste into compost? Think about eggshells, fruit and vegetable waste. They can add beneficial microorganism to your plants and your waste don’t cost anything at all!
  5. You get to experiment
    If Biology was your favorite subject in high school, then you are the right kind to start your own urban farming. You get to experiment with different seeds and methods of planting and see which method works best for you!

Grow Yourself Some Chilli

Planting chillies can be done in your own garden or as potted plants. Here are the steps to plant yourself some chillies, so you can supply your household regardless the price of chilli out there.

  1. Get yourself some chilli seeds. These can be done by drying some seeds from the chilli that you already have at home.
  2. Sow seeds in polybag or small pot filled with damp soil. Cover lightly with soil and place on shaded area.
  3. Watch your seeds until they germinate, usually it will take 7-10 days.
  4. Once germinated, it can be moved to a more well-lit area. Keep the soil damp but not soaking wet. Transfer the plants to individual polybags or pots so they have sufficient space to grow.

It’s 2017!

Ready for a fresh start?