Latest posts on urban gardens

Plants for Food 1: Selom

Selom (Oenanthe javanica)Photo by KENPAI (CC BY-SA 3.0) Common name: Java waterdropwort Malay name: Selom Other local names: – Scientific name: Oenanthe javanica Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Native Description Selom is found in the rainforest in Malaysia. Selom is an erect, perennial plant growing…

Plants for Food 2: Ulam raja

Common name: Cosmos, wild cosmos Malay name: Ulam raja Other local names: – Scientific name: Cosmos caudatus Distribution: Pantropical Conservation Status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised species The name of the plant means ‘king of ulam.’ Its scientific name is Cosmos caudatus. Therefore, it is also known as Cosmos in English. This plant is indigenous to…

Plants for Food 3: Pegaga

A carpet of Pegaga leavesPhoto by Shahidul Hasan Roman (CC BY-SA 4.0 License) Common name: Asiatic pennywort, Indian pennywort Malay name: Pegaga Local name: Gotu kola (India) Scientific name: Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised Description Pegaga is originated from the Asian…

Plants for Food 4: Temulawak

Curcuma xanthorrhiza rhizomePhoto credit: Danny Steven S (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) Common name: Javanese turmeric Malay name: Temulawak Local name: – Scientific name: Cucurma zanthorrhiza Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised. Temulawak is a unique variety of ginger that grows in tropical Asia. This…

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Urban Farming

from Biodiversity Gardens Capacity Building Workshop with Low Shao-Lyn, Eats, Shoots and Roots (Co-founder and Design Director) Low Shao-Lyn from Eats, Shoots and Roots has shared with us her personal journey in urban farming. Realities of urban farming We have to understand the life cycle of plants as plants will eventually die. Therefore, manage your…

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How to start a wildflower garden

The simplest method is to not do anything and let a patch regrow with wild plants. You can remove any unwanted or dangerous plants through weeding, but there is not much maintenance involved with these patches. A wildflower patch that needs to be tended by humans is an oxymoron. If you want a bit more…

Rewilding, the case of urban Birdwing butterflies

Here I explain how you can think about ecosystems and how to restore them. The case study of the Golden Birdwing Butterfly, which can be found in the urban forest patch that is Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden located inside the University of Malaya. Merely reintroducing a species does not produce long lasting results. Butterfly farms…

Butterfly Gardens: Key Concepts

Butterflies are nice to have in a garden, they help to make it feel alive with colour and movement. They also become food for birds and carry out important pollination of plants. To have butterflies in a garden, you have to meet the requirements of butterflies. In no particular order, the requirements are: host plants…


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Urban Garden: Getting started and picking your plants

Watch our very own Goh Shang Ming talk about urban and cultural gardening. In this Instalive Interview with the Rimba Project, Shang Ming answers questions about what we need to start gardening for food and flowers in our city homes.

You can also find interview highlights here.