Vegetables and fruit trees in containers, a simple way to produce food in arid areas (Willem Van Cotthem)

Container gardening is a gardening type that can be applied at any spot on this world, in all climatic zones, in humid and arid regions, in rural and in urban areas, outside and inside the house.

It can be used for embellishment of the home with ornamental plants or for food production (vegetable and fruit trees), e.g. in the drylands where soil and irrigation cause huge problems.

My friend Geert VAN DAELE has taken some photos of container gardening examples in my house, showing that anybody can grow very diverse plant species in different kinds of containers: bottles, pots, trays, bags etc.

I strongly believe that massive application of container gardening would offer an impressive number of possibilities to grow food in the most adverse conditions in arid or semi-arid regions, thus helping to combat desertification, hunger and child malnutrition.

Please enjoy Geert VAN DAELE’s pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.be/geertvandaele2003/Planten?feat=email#

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Willem Van Cotthem

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