How to change lives with school vegetable gardens.

 

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HOW VEGETABLE GARDENS IN CAMBODIA CHANGE LIVES

Siem Reap in Cambodia is the tourist gateway to the temples at Angkor Wat. When I flew there from Vietnam in March I headed two hours further north to Samrong and visited something completely different – school vegetable gardens! I travelled with a friend to visit three schools that are involved in the Green Shoots Foundation program for developing Agricultural Skills in Public Schools (ASPUS).

Green Shoots Foundation is a small charity based in London and this visit was arranged by Muneezay Jaffrey the Operations Manager there. On arrival in Samrong we were met by Ratana Oeurn and the team at the Community-based Integrated Development Organisation (CIDO). CIDO is the local partner of the foundation and delivers the programs incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural skills within the school curriculum.

I am grateful to both Muneezay and Ratana for the time and care they took in arranging this visit and the willingness they had to answer my questions about the program. I would also like to thank the schools, teachers, and students who took the time to meet with us, talk with us and to show us and share with us the vocational vegetable gardens they have developed.

To date, in Odar Meanchey province, there are 43 schools with vegetable gardens, 48 teachers trained in sustainable gardening and 8,900 students trained in sustainable gardening.

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The School Vegetable Gardens

The three schools we visited were a mix of primary and secondary level and in all three schools, you could see the vegetable garden as you came into the school. I loved the ‘impression’ that having such an instantly visible garden gave to the school grounds. It was immediately clear that each garden was a dedicated and well-tended space and was integral to the school. 

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The children we met were enthusiastic about being a part of the vegetable garden project and we felt welcome as guests. The school children had helped to build each of the gardens and they had been designed such that there was plenty of space to walk around and between the rows of crops, and to be able to easily tend to and harvest the crops from either side of a row.

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As part of the Green Shoots Foundation’s Food Agriculture & Social Entrepreneurship program ASPUS, as its initial focus specifically addresses a lack of education and skills in rural areas and promotes sustainable farming techniques. I was, therefore, interested to see and learn more about which environmental, sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices were being used in the vegetable gardens and how these worked or were adapted to the Cambodian climate. The staff I chatted to at the schools were happy to point out these practices and to share more information about them.

Below are photographs of some of the practices being used in the vegetable gardens.

Vegetables in Containers

 

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Growing Vegetables in Containers

by Marie Iannotti

Many vegetables will grow very well in containers. You may not be able to grow as much as you might in a vegetable garden, but container vegetable gardening can be quite productive. There are a few special considerations when growing vegetable plants in pots, but they are by no means deterrents.

Although any variety can be grown in a container, compact plants do best. Seed companies realize that homeowners have less and less space to devote to vegetable gardens and every year they come out with new vegetable plant varieties suitable for growing in small spaces. Be on the look out for key words like: bush, compact, and space saver. Here are some tips, including vegetable plant varieties, to get your vegetable container garden growing.

Read the full article: THE SPRUCE

The Perfect Pots

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Landscape: Picking the Perfect Pot

  • Pat Raven, Ph.D., and Julie Hess

January makes a fabulous time to plan your spring garden. Kick back, flip through glossy catalogues and dream.

But after you decide what you want to grow, give thought to what to grow it in. Gardening in containers adds opportunity – to give the garden vertical diversity, extra growing space and architectural importance. Every well-appointed portico, lawn panel or patio deserves special attention as you furnish it with these classy garden accessories.

You own statement jewelry. Why not select statement containers for your spring garden?

So – what materials work best?

High-quality containers make a great investment. Prices begin at modest levels, but may rise to thousands of dollars for antique or very large pieces. Also, new tough and durable materials increase container choices.

Today’s plastic pots incorporate ultraviolet-light inhibitors that help them to last more than a season or two. Double-wall designs with thick rolled edges and natural matte finishes lend them a classier look, and built-in self-watering features on some models add convenience. Lighter in weight and resistant to dents, these newer styles nicely suit local gardens.

Read the full article: Ladue News

 

Growing vegetables in containers anywhere

 

 

Growing vegetables in containers provide option when land is a problem

  • Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

If you have not considered the option of growing vegetables in containers, perhaps you should.

Container gardens provide a way to grow vegetables when suitable land is not available. Apartment dwellers may only have a balcony where pots could be placed. Other gardeners may find that the only areas in their yards that get the full sun vegetables need are covered by concrete.

In addition, growing vegetables in containers is less physically demanding than growing vegetables in the ground. That makes this method good for older gardeners, those who are physically handicapped, young children or anyone who may find cultivating and weeding in-ground beds too physically demanding or time consuming.

Read the full story: Magnolia Reporter

Growing tomatoes from seed

 

 

How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed

Tips for Growing Tomato Plants from Seed

Why grow tomatoes from seed? There are always plenty of tomato plants for sale at local garden centers, but for the largest variety you will need to consider growing tomatoes from seed. Since tomatoes are heat lovers, most gardeners don’t have growing seasons long enough to start tomatoes from seed outdoors. To get around that, tomato seeds are often started indoors, under lights.

A word of caution, it’s easy to get carried away buying tomato seeds. A family of four can easily feast throughout the summer on 6 plants.

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Isn’t it time for you to create your personal succulent garden?

 

Aloe in handmade box at DIRT in Oak Cliff.

Aloe in handmade box at DIRT in Oak Cliff.

How to start growing a healthy succulent garden

by Ann McCormick, Special Contributor

http://www.dallasnews.com/life/gardening/2017/01/03/start-growing-healthy-succulent-garden

Everywhere I look these days, I see succulents. They are popping up in dish gardens, stone troughs, driftwood planters, garden fountains, and even coffee cups and shot glasses.

Yes, succulents have captured the imagination of the home gardener. With so many of these drought-tolerant houseplants available, isn’t it time for you to create your personal succulent garden?

To get the scoop on caring for these succulent stars, I recently spoke with Bryan Hutson of Calloway’sGreenville store. He pointed out that succulents have been slowly gaining in popularity over the last five years. The rising interest in “green roofs,” vertical gardens, and low-maintenance dish gardens have all included these slow-growing, water-saving plants.

Succulents have a different look and feel than common houseplants. People are looking for a change from the leafy green of ivy, ferns and spider plants.

Read the full article: DALLAS NEWS