More successes in plastic bottles (Willem)

Today, I took some new pictures of my trials with plastic bottles.  I feel very happy about the outcome.  This is clearly a fantastic way of growing plants with a strict minimum of water.  I came to the conclusion that this technique belongs to the best practices to grow all kinds of crops in the drylands.  It can certainly play an important role in food security, particularly in regions where irrigation water is scarce.  One can grow vegetables, fruit producing species and even young trees in plastic bottles.

All kinds of plants in bottles
All kinds of plants in bottles (click on the picture to enlarge it)

Wild strawberries
Wild strawberries

Later on, the young trees can easily be planted by simply cutting the plastic bottle open at two opposite sides, bending the plastic wall over to liberate the rootball (to be surrounded with the soil in the plant pit) and bury the complete bottle.

Thus, we can not only recycle the plastic bottles during a certain period, but also eliminate them by simply burying them when planting the young trees.

A nice way to take care of our environment !

Of course, the same can be done with plastic bags.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

One thought on “More successes in plastic bottles (Willem)”

  1. Hey Willem,
    thanks for including my experiences into your blog. I appreciate the effort and hope you’ll keep up doing good work. Each one teach one!
    Regarding the plastic bottle idea, I’ve tried it myself and it works fine. However, I read somewhere that it’s not good for roots to be exposed to light, so I used to cover up the transparent bottles! That sounded pretty logical to me, because roots naturally grow in the ground, where there’s no exposure to light. What do you think?

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