Brasil : CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER: COMMUNITY GARDENS (H. D. TEMP, Organização Cidades sem Fome)

Dear Sirs,

The purpose of our contact is requesting your authorization so that we may send you information on a social inclusion project carried out in impoverished outskirts of Brazilian metropolises named


This project targets the utilization of unused public or private urban land on which vegetable and fruit gardens are implemented by a local population, with a view to providing destitute communities with work opportunities, professional capacity building and income generation through the selling of the produce harvested. Additionally, it aims at combating malnutrition and improving the quality of life of such communities through their access to healthy and nutritional foods, in addition to promoting the communities‚ environmental improvement.

The Organization Cities without Hunger pursues, both in the national and international ambits, resources to develop its projects, from the private sector, government agencies and foster agencies associated with consulates and embassies. The Organization Cities without Hunger has no political partisan or religious ties. Thus, we would appreciate your studying the feasibility of sponsoring or financially supporting our project.

For further information, please visit our home page at
where the project is described in detail.

We are very grateful for your interest in a project that has been helping poor communities to raise their food security levels and living conditions.

Yours faithfully,

Hans Dieter Temp
Project Coordinator
Organização Cidades sem Fome

Container gardening for vegetables and tree seedlings (Patrick HARRY)

Here is an interesting message from :




Piyasani village is one of the rural area villages which is located to the west of Lilongwe city. The village is the home of the founder of the organization  Patrick HARRY, where he is currently staying.  Malawi is a poor country with most of its people surviving on one dollar per day and this why the project started to empower the community to take part in this simple and cheap project.

Piyasani village is the headquarter of the organization. Its container gardening project encourages the growing of vegetables and the raising of tree seedlings.  It is one of the first projects to help in both nutrition and reforestation in Malawi .


The project helps to clean up the environment from all trash and dirt, because every useless paper or bottles or containers shall be used to grow plants. This project is ensuring that the people avoid sanitation problems and as a result diseases like cholera are prevented.  The container gardening project is sensitizing children, because they are the future leaders of tomorrow. Continue reading Container gardening for vegetables and tree seedlings (Patrick HARRY)

Container gardening in Malawi (Patrick DIMUSA)

Read this personal message of Patrick DIMUSA :

“Dear Professor Willem,

I hope your wife is better now after that terrible brain stroke in October 2008.

I lost my job last month and I am back in my village.

After I learned about the significance of container gardening for rural people in the drylands from you,  Professor Willem, my life has changed for the better, because in otherwise useless plastic bottles and plastic bags I can now grow vegetables for offering fresh food to my family, as well as for beautifying my home with flowers.  At the same time I am keeping the environment around my house totally clean (no more littered bottles or bags).

My fellow villagers in Piyasani village in the outskirts of Lilongwe city are flocking around my house to learn about this new initiative.  In November, I started collecting tree seeds from the surrounding remaining forest. Now that the rain has started I am planning to set up a community nursery of tree seedlings using the container gardening method.  I hope to be able with this plan to donate  tree seedlings to one school, so that they are able to plant a school woodlot.  At the same time, this will motivate other schools to start the same initiative as it is one of the cheapest kinds of agriculture and afforestation methods for the poorest countries in Africa, as no financial resources are needed since you can do this prioject around your home with empty plastic bottles and plastic bags.

I have a lot of photos of this project to be send to you, Professor Willem, so that other people can see the importance of container gardening for a poor country like Malawi.

Apart from container gardening,  I am also doing vegetable farming at a small scale for sale and for feeding my family with nutritious meals.

However, I am looking for well-wishers and donors who can come forward and assist me in buying a piece of land, which shall become an education centre for container gardening in Malawi. Any one who is interested can either e-mail me at or call me on +2659028290.

May God bless you, Professor Willem, for introducing this container gardening method to the people of Africa.

Drought Tolerant Plants for the Landscape (Google / Nature Hills)

Read at : Google Alert – drought

Helpful Gardening Tips

Drought Tolerant Plants for the Landscape

If you don’t want to spend your summer dragging your hose around, there are plants for hot dry areas.  No matter where you live, you are bound to get some long withering dry spells.

There’s a range of plants to choose from that can stand up to the hot dry weather.  But remember, most drought tolerant plants still need water, especially when they are young.  If you put a layer of organic mulch around the plants this helps them grow, and you can enjoy them even if rain does not come!

Adam’s Needle, Color Guard, is a clump forming perennial with yellow stripes down the middle of the dark green foliage, looking ribbon-like.  In the winter months, the foliage turns pink. The creamy, bell-shaped, white flowers hover over the foliage and are fragrant.   Everything about a yucca is dramatic!

A Sea Holly is a plant to place in that hot, sunny spot in your landscape!  The spiny flowers and foliage make it a bold accent in your garden.  You have several to choose from but a few are:  Blue Glitter, Blue Hobbit, and Jade Frost. Preferring rich fertile soils, but tolerant in more demanding settings, these Sea Holly adapt to almost any setting that has well drained soils.  They do not like to be overwatered.  Isn’t that great?


A sweet comment : Teeny-Tiny Container Gardening (sprout3)

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Remember when you were in second grade and you thought you were awesome because you stuck toothpick in a potato, sat it on top of a cup of water and watched it sprout? Well you were awesome. You never let anyone tell you different.



Well, tiny container gardening can still be awesome. There are just some challenges to overcome. Small volumes of soil dry out fast and it can be more challenging to keep them well fed.

Well, I found a great website with some details on how do keep a small container garden healthy, and even how to mount it vertically. Check out the article here:

Appreciation and urban roof gardening (Amberfreda)

Appreciation for this blog

Wonderful blog, thank you!! I design rooftop gardens and am based in New York City. I also have a blog on urban gardening at You can also see photos of some of our roof gardens and other urban garden projects at Thanks again and happy gardening!


Thanks, Amberfreda, and success with your blogs.