Urban farming may not solve the world’s food problem, but it does provide the deep satisfaction of taking care of one’s own wellbeing.

It’s been more than a year since COVID-19 has shown up in the world. And as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, one thing is clear: it has exposed just how vulnerable we all are to forces beyond our control such as disruptions in our food supply chains.

Perhaps now would be a good time for you to revisit the idea of growing your own fruits and vegetables at home? You can either farm the traditional way (growing them in soil) or hydroponics – a modern take to growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water – without soil.

For this article, the Neue team reached out to Mohd Hafizuddin bin Hj Awg Damit, the CEO of Kemari Farm, a Brunei-based farming start-up company that was once awarded a $10K grant from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Brunei.

People often think that urban farming is complicated but it doesn’t have to be.

“People can start by just growing what they can harvest and eat,” said Mohd Hafizuddin. “First-time farmers may consider regrowing vegetables from leftovers by planting the seeds in soil.”

New to farming? Start here!

Here are five fruits and vegetables that you can easily start growing at home:

#1. Beansprouts

How to grow it?

Get a transparent plastic cup and fill it with wet cotton then just sprinkle some of the seeds on top of the cotton.

Keep the cup where it can get some sunlight.

Why is it easy?

You would not need any soil. You would just have to spray it with water when the cotton dries out and you can get a harvest fairly quick.

#2: KangkongHow to grow it?

You would need a bucket and strainer that can fit perfectly as a top for the bucket.

Fill the bucket with water until it reaches the bottom of the strainer then fill it with the seeds and let it grow there.

Keep it where it can get morning sun. 

Why is it easy?

You just need to fill the bucket with water once it lessens. It is low maintenance. You can get a quick harvest.

#3. Spring onions (Green onions)How to grow it?

You would need an egg tray.

Get some shallots or garlic and cut off just a bit from the top and assemble them on the egg tray.

Spray them with water and leave it where it can get sunlight.

The cut shallots or garlic should sprout leaves, which you can harvest to use as a garnish or for cooking.

Why is it easy?

It does not need to be watered daily. Just make sure the egg tray slightly damp. It is low maintenance.

#4. CarrotsHow to grow it?

You can either sow seeds directly into your garden or grow them in a pot.

Fill the pot with potting soil and sow seeds into the pot and water it. 

Why is it easy?

Carrots can be grown in shaded areas. It does not need as much sun as other vegetables. It does not need to be water daily. 

#5. Cherry tomatoesHow to grow it?

Fill a pot with potting soil and sow the seed and water it.

Keep the pot where it can get about six hours of sun daily.

At the early stages, just water the pot if the soil is dry.

Water the cherry tomato more often when it is a matured plant.

Why is it easy? 

Cherry tomatoes do not need to undergo pollination to bear fruits. You can just give your plant some organic compost once a month to feed it some nutrients so it can continue to grow into a healthy plant.

Other ways to farm?

If you’d like to learn more about hydroponics, then perhaps you could use the help from local suppliers such as Agrometro, a Brunei-based company setup by agro-technology students from Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE). Over the years, Agrometro has installed hydroponic systems of various sizes in homes all across the country.

Did you know that with Agrometro, you can easily install a starter (mini) hydroponic structure for less than a hundred dollars? They will guide you through the whole process and help clear any doubts you may have.

Pro tip: Just keep your hydroponic system away from your pets! They may ruin everything!

Let’s hear it from you

What fruits or vegetables do you think are easy to grow at home? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Drop a comment below. We hope that you found this article helpful. Happy farming!