Aspirasi shifts focus to vegetable gardening

(left to right) Tan Kok Chiang, Chan Chee Hiong, Soo and Alex Leong.

KUCHING: The Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) is embarking on a container vegetable gardening project in response to the challenging food predicament experienced by the needy.

Aspirasi president Lina Soo said the pandemic which resulted in lockdowns all over the world had seen a vigorous revival of vegetable gardening at home.

She noted that container gardening is one of the ways to alleviate the food security problem faced by poor households.

“As the pandemic sweeps across nations, many poor households become exposed to hunger and starvation at an unprecedented level.

“Container gardening is growing plants in pots, planters, tubs, half barrels, used cans, plastic bags or any other things that can hold some potting soil and a plant.

“Container vegetable gardening is trending again, whether one lives in a flat, apartment or house with a balcony, small yard or driveway, anyone can successfully grow vegetables and herbs even without a garden plot,” she said in a statement on Thursday (July 8).

Soo pointed out that growing one’s own vegetables at home has seen a surge in popularity as it encompasses three huge benefits namely saving money, eating clean and organic to boost health.

“Moreover, you also know exactly where your vegetables are coming from. The plants which are suitable for container gardening include tomatoes, chili, bell peppers, eggplant, ginger, spring onions, herbs and this is list is not exhaustive.

“For those who have yet to embark on the home vegetable garden, I would suggest by starting small with just one container pot until you become accustomed to the level of care required to grow and harvest the vegetable,” she explained.

She informed that a container gardening enthusiasts’ group will be formed to share knowledge on gardening and health.

“A container gardening competition is also being planned to showcase creative and inspiring ideas to promote home grown vegetable gardening.

“To help the beginners, Aspirasi in Kuching will be giving away a container, a bag of soil and the start plant which are chili padi, aloe vera or mulberry. Delivery will be done only after the emergency is lifted,” she said.

She added that those who are interested can WhatsApp the following numbers 014-5950511 or 016-8888848 to register and there is limited stock of the container gardening starter kit with booking accepted while stock lasts.