Crosslinking blogs on desertification and gardening (Google / Concrete Gardening / Willem)

Already posted on my desertification blog

Read at : Google Alert – desertification

I’m not alone out here in gardenless gardening land!

Starting this blog has been such an awesome experience for me. I’m not even sure how some people have found my blog, or how exactly I found their blogs, but I’ve found some truly inspirational stuff out there in the blogosphere. Here are some of my best finds:

Container Gardening – An entire blog devoted to the nitty gritty of growing in containers. How tos included, as well as an up-to-date cross referencing section of other blogs/articles. (My blog is on there! How neat!) The author brings to the blog a background knowledge of desertification & poverty, which is an interesting backdrop for container gardening. (With my undergrad in sociology and urban studies, this really makes me think, “RAD!”)

Sky Vegetables – These guys are creating large scale roof farms on top of supermarkets. The produce is picked, and delivered downstairs to the store. Talk about LOCAL! They’re putting together an internet resource for all things related to roof gardening. Truely inspirational. It makes me want to get involved in more than just my roof. Any other Philadelphians out there want to transform some serious roofs?

The Root – This is a blogging friend I found… I have no idea how I found her, but I just love her blog. A few days ago she posted about her attempts to transform a plain plastic planter into a copper-esk superstar. I despise the look of my plastic containers, but lets face it – on a roof – you have to hold the water in somehow! This weekend I’ll try my own transformation project. Who says function can’t be pretty? Thanks for the inspiration Kate.



I submitted the following comment, which is actually under moderation

Thanks for crosslinking our blogs. As a consultant for desertification and sustainable development matters, I am interested in ways and means to help the poor rural people in the drylands to grow food the easiest and cheapest way. Drought, lack of moisture and nutrients in the soil, erosion problems, lack of seeds, poverty etc. made me think of small space gardening (family gardens) and container gardening (plastic or PET bottles, yoghurt pots) as good solutions to tackle the primary needs of those people. Nowadays, I am collecting seeds of tropical fruits (melon, watermelon, pumpkin, papaya, avocado, …), which are generally thrown in the garbage bin in our Western countries. I would like to create an international network for this way of “recycling” the seeds of crops. Who wants to cooperate ?

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Willem Van Cotthem

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

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