Here is nice additional comment of Charles ASH on :
Recycling plastic bottles and pots (Charlesash / Willem) August 3, 2007
“You don’t really need to cover the transparent plastic because there appears to be no harm or set back to the plant if you don’t. It’s mainly cosmetic. Not only that, seeing the roots creates more interest. When we used them we got many youngsters interested because we could explain easier and show “what grows underground” of a plant. It created huge interest and some of those youngsters went on to a career in horticulture. So my suggestion is, don’t permanently cover them. Enjoy a sight you do not normally see.
We don’t have any problems removing plants, even well established or large plants, from plastic plant pots. They always come out with the root ball intact and unharmed. They may need a gentle tap once or twice but they always come out ok. And we get to use the pot again!
Thanks, Charles ! It encourages me to continue my efforts introducing plastic bottle gardening in schools of developing countries. I strongly believe that every kid in developing countries should set up its own vegetable garden in plastic bottles and shopping bags, not only at school, but also at home.
At school, they can be helped by the teachers, at home, by their mothers.
The result would be :
1. A remarkable enhancement of fresh food production, particularly in desertified areas.
2. An interesting improvement in the situation of food security, malnutrition or famine.
3. A very profitable improvement in public health (less deficiencies, less diseases.
4. Better environmental conservation and protection (less littering of plastic).
5. Enormous educational value.
Will this appeal on all stakeholders (decision makers, authorities, donors, NGOs, local people, …) one day be heard ? I hope it will happen before the end of my days, with all my heart !
Who can resist the beauty of vegetables and fruits growing close to or even in our house or school ? Look at this beautiful picture of Joseph TOLLEDOT :
Black manaqualana Pepper growing well in a recycled party cup (J. TOLLEDOT, July 25, 2007)