Company’s herb garden project proves successful

MEMBERS of the Che Luan Khor Moral Uplifting Society Kluang, Johor, which turned an empty lot into a herb garden amid the Covid-19 pandemic, are seeing their efforts pay off more than a year later.

The garden is now thriving with over 30 types of traditional herbs available for public consumption.

Che says the garden has over 30 types of traditional herbs available for public consumption.

The head of the company’s medical section, Che Fook Siong, who led the initiative, said the team discovered traditional Chinese herbs in a herbal garden in Batu Pahat with encouragement from the president of the company. Datuk Seri Pang Chee Khiong.

“With our new knowledge, we spend time, energy and money clearing the land and planting the herbs.

“Little by little, we turned the bare land into a lush green garden with something to give back to the community,” Che said in an interview.

Common herbs available in the garden, he said, include Sabah snake grass, red sessile joyweed, yellow strobilanthes (commonly known as black face general), mulberry leaf, aloe vera, dwarf water lily and motherwort.

The team also planted vegetables and fruits, such as choy sum, amaranth leaves, bitter gourd and pumpkin, as there was more space in the garden.

“Planting herbs for use in traditional Chinese medicine requires careful planning.

“The garden is divided into two parts.

“One side is for smaller herbs while the other is for larger, more succulent plants,” Che said, adding that labels have been affixed to easily identify each herb.

The basic tasks of the team include cleaning, fertilizing and maintaining the garden.

“The location of the garden near Sungai Mengkibol is an advantage as we can use the natural resource for irrigation purposes, using a 757 liter water tank, pumps and structures sponsored by our to advise.

“To make the garden more beautiful and more comfortable for visitors, we have also installed tables and chairs,” Che said.

“When the harvest increased, the team started packing the herbs in tea bags. “

Some of the members of society, he said, have used herbs as an ingredient in baked goods and breads.

“Most people don’t have extra space at home to grow their own herbs.

“We have a team responsible for studying and classifying herbs according to their variety and use, thus meeting different needs and providing more convenience,” Che added.

For any inquiries and to purchase the herbs, call the company office on 07-771 0515 or 07-772 3515.

Society volunteers will then contact them when the herbs are ready to harvest, as some need to be dried and powdered first.

Terri S. Tomasini