Find cures in this garden

Find cures in this garden
SIZE UP: (From left) Primary 5 pupil Pritam Saha and Primary 6 pupils Sia Qian Ying and Tisya Goel measure the height of a chilli plant using a measuring tape in Rulang Primary School’s garden.

If you ever need home remedies for minor ailments, just head to Rulang Primary School's garden.

The plants in the garden are chosen based on their health benefits to the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems in the human body.

"For example, Indian borage removes phlegm and clears sinuses," says Primary 5 pupil Pritam Saha, 11, who is also a Green Club member.

Every plot in the 590 sq m garden is clearly labelled with plant names, origins, uses and features, and the class looking after it.

Each class from Primary 3 to 6 takes care of a plot. Pupils take turns to weed and water the plants daily during recess time.

They also monitor plant growth by using a measuring tape and plotting a chart.

"Through this process, pupils learn more about the plant's life cycle," says teacher in-charge of the SG50 School Gardening Project, Madam Sharon Loke.

Pritam, who is excited to see how the plants grow, says: "I've learnt to be more responsible. When there's a lot of rain, I have to think of ways so that plants don't get washed away."

The lower primary pupils also grow and care for plants in pots made of recycled bottles in the Recycling Garden.

Besides helping out at the garden, parent volunteers are spending hours designing and putting up a SG50 Wall Mural using recycled items.

Says housewife Jessie Ng, 41: "We spend about three to four hours a week.

"Some of us come twice a week. Whenever there's free time, we will come."

Useful herbs


It has long, green stalks and round, serrated leaves. It grows best in wet soil. It improves memory and brain development, and skin health.


It is a herb with large leaves which can grow to a height of about one metre. Its bright orange bulbous roots are aromatic.

Its roots can treat ringworms and scabies. It is also used as an ingredient in Indian curries.


It is a trailer that grows best in strong sunlight. It is traditionally used to cure snake bites, hence its name.

Eunos Primary pupils enjoy getting hands dirty

Eunos Primary School pupils are getting a taste of the kampung experience.

They grow and care for plots of food that were common in villages, such as kangkung, sweet potato and groundnut.

Primary 2 pupil Kishka Natasha, who turns eight today, was thrilled by her maiden farming experience.

She says: "It was my first time planting. I learnt how to dig a hole and learnt how many days are needed for the plants to grow. I got soil on my hands."

Equally excited is Primary 2 pupil Ethan Muliadnata, seven, who says: "It was fun planting the seeds. I didn't look at them for a while and they have grown so much."

The school has converted an unused strip of land behind a carpark into six growing plots for this project.

Even though the first batch of chye sim seeds they sowed in March did not grow well, the peanut plants that were subsequently planted are flourishing.

Madam Sarah-Jean Toh, the programme coordinator for the SG50 School Gardening project, says: "While it was discouraging for teachers and students, it was a teachable moment as the students learnt that it was not easy to grow and care for other living things."

This article was first published on May 17, 2015.
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