Fresh produce from your neighbourhood farmer

Green fingers: Hezry busy tending his backyard farm, which he started during the movement restrictions. — KK SHAM/The Star

SHAH ALAM: Multimedia editor Hezry Rokman put his time working from home to good use by tilling the back garden of his terrace house, which now produces enough vegetables for his neighbourhood.

Using mainly recycled items such as mineral water drums and bottles as pots, the garden, which used to be planted with lettuce, spinach and lead mustard, has now grown to include a variety of herbs and flowers.

“I’ve been growing some greens at the back of my house using recycled materials since 2017.

“The backyard of many terrace houses in the city is often under-utilised. My intention was not to leave mine unattended with long grass and infested with pests.

“Then, my next-door neighbour allowed me to expand into his unused backyard.

“So, in return, I’d always give him some freshly harvested vegetables,” he said when met at his home in Section 20 here.

The 43-year-old father of three’s daily routine now includes checking on his garden and watering his plants in the morning before starting work.

“In the evening, I will water the plants again if I don’t have to extend my work time. It feels good seeing my vegetables and flowers growing beautifully.

“It has also saved us some money throughout the years as we grow most of the vegetables we eat,” he said.

Hezry said sometimes, other neighbours would come over and ask to buy some vegetables or herbs, such as turmeric, onion, ulam raja or spring onion, which he would just happily give away for free.

“City-dwellers often stay indoors more and know little about their neighbours. I’m happy that my little backyard garden is helping me get to know my neighbours better.”

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