How to Build Your Own Herb Garden

Building a backyard or balcony herb garden is a small investment that offers large returns. You have access to your own private garden of herbs which is ideal for people who do a lot of home cooking. Even if this will be your first garden project, there is no reason to fret if you plan properly.

1) Choose the location for your herb garden project

The ideal location should receive four hours of full sun. There should be sufficient drainage such that in the event of rain, the garden does not flood.  There are advantages growing herbs in high-rise settings such as share from the intense sun during mid-day and protection from excessive water from our heavy rainfall.

2) Prime the selected area

Remove the top layer of grass and weeds from the selected area and turn the soil. This can be done with a shovel or pitchfork. This helps expose nutrient-rich soil below the surface and aerate the soil. It is ideal to till to a depth of 6 inches where the soil is slightly moist. Try to avoid stepping on the garden because that will force air out of the soil.

Herbs can survive in a wide variety of soil types, but by making some simple preparatory changes, your garden can become even more productive. You can add about 2 inches of top soil over the garden. This can be purchased easily at any nursey.

3) Choose the right herbs to plant

Choose plants that are appropriate for Singapore weather conditions. Chinese parsley and basil have a higher success rate in general. Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, prefer drier soil and can be challenging to grow in tropical Singapore.

4) Maintaining your garden

Maintaining a garden does not take much effort as long as you keep up with it. It is important to water your potted herbs thoroughly – till you see the excess water drain from the base of the pot. It is not advisable to use a saucer at the base of the pot which will disallow excess water from escaping.

You may need to water your herbs daily. Sunnier and windier locations generally require more frequent watering. Keep the soil moist. You can test this by sticking a chopstick deep into the soil and pulling it out. If there are bits of the soil mix sticking to the chopstick, the soil is moist enough.

A few pellets of slow-release fertiliser pellets, such as Osmocote, are sufficient for herbs. Avoid over-feeding your garden as this can lead to rapid and tender growth which may affect their flavour, attract pests and encourage the growth of weeds.

Remove the weeds in your garden regularly as well. Weeds steal nutrients away from your herbs.

  • Eunikeliving
  • May 5, 2017

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1. Use water-based latex.


Most paint dealers out there are only selling water-based paints these days.

As Oil-based paints contain volatile chemicals, there is a limit on the amount in which they can be used. Oil-based paints are best used for doors, cabinets, kitches, and anywhere where a rich gloss look is desired. 

2. Use low-sheen paints for walls and ceilings.

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4. Buy your tools

Choosing a high-quality brush in the right size and shape can save you a lot of time later.

Get a good all-in-one roller setup which would typically consist of a roller frame, a roller cover (lamb’s wool), and a rolling pole.

Don't forget your buckets.

5. Pre-painting preparation

This is important because a good preparation will make your paint job smoother and more efficient.

Make sure you remove everything from your walls.

Next, move all your furniture away from the walls and cover them with disposable plastic drop cloths. Cover all your floors with such plastic sheeting as well.

Then, fill paint cracks with a paintable latex caulk or spackle. Once you are done filling the cracks, sandpaper it. Make sure that the feel is good, as paint will not help camouflage spackle imperections!

Remove any dirt or grease with a degreaser or Tri Sodium Phosphate and rinse. This will make the painting easier.

Lastly, use a primer. This is a powerful tool used by all pro painters. It goes underneath the paint, sticks to whatever you are preparing and turns it into a smooth, uniform surface that's ready for paint.

If your walls have stains or odors, use a stain-blocking primer.

6. Start Painting

Since rollers can’t get tight to edges, the first painting step is to brush along the ceiling, inside corners and moldings.

Dunk your roller into the bucket. Roll only three feet at a time to spread the paint evenly over the wall, using the roller to get as close to the corners as possible.

Make sure the paint is completely dry before applying the second coat.