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Urban farming for cheaper organic food
Tan Jee Yee | 05 Oct 2018 00:30
The balcony of Melanie Chow may very well be the greenest in the Taman Desa area. Even from the ground floor, one can glimpse the tips of her vegetable leaves, which is a stark contrast to the laundry-draped ones of her apartment neighbours.

Her balcony has seen major changes over the past year. The last time FocusM visited her abode as part of a story on selfgrown vegetables, Chow’s balcony was littered with polystyrene boxes filled with earth and plants.

Now, most of the boxes have been replaced with an impressive- looking hydroponics farming system, with rows of budding bok choys and lettuce.

To those unfamiliar with it, hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.

Chow used to grow her vegetables and herbs using soil and makeshift pots, but the soil tended to leave a mess that eventually started bothering her neighbours. It didn’t take long for her to discover hydroponics online.

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