The Container Gardening Ambassadors (the Fresh Food Home Guards)

All we need is your free moral support to make this world better

by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Become a member of our container gardening group by clicking the ‘JOIN’ button at https://www.facebook.com/groups/221343224576801/  

(today almost 43.000 members).

Here are some of your trumps

Bottle towers with vegetables and herbs - Photo WVC P 1070455 - Video https://youtu.be/HuykRRspWOY.
Bottle towers with vegetables and herbs – Photo WVC P 1070455 – Video https://youtu.be/HuykRRspWOY.

1. If we show how to build a bottle tower <http://youtu.be/-uDbjZ9roEQ> to all the schoolchildren of this world and teach them how to grow some vegetables and herbs at school, they will enjoy building more towers for their family at home.

Riser with vegetables and herbs growing in recycled bottles - Photo Jojo ROM (The Philippines)  56269_1483085875405_1181604134_31159685_1301366_o.jpg
Riser with vegetables and herbs growing in recycled bottles – Photo Jojo ROM (The Philippines) 56269_1483085875405_1181604134_31159685_1301366_o.jpg

2. If we alleviate child malnutrition in our countries by teaching them container gardening at school, recycling all discarded containers in school gardens, e.g. on risers (see

video https://youtu.be/l7o_5UKIKTo

and <http://www.facebook.com/willemvancotthem>),

there will be sufficient food for decent daily meals and a cleaner environment.

And soon there will be fresh food galore everywhere.

Dwarf orange fruit trees grown in pots - Photo Container Growing - .jpg
Dwarf orange fruit trees grown in pots – Photo Container Growing – .jpg

3. If we convince all young mothers to plant only one fruit tree for every newborn baby and if we plant a fruit tree for every dear family member passing away, we will soon have orchards protecting us against global warming and climate change.

Barrels  cab easily be transformed in vertical gardens with a lot of fresh food - Photo Grow Food, Not Lawns - 542232_449799711742313_474788682_n.jpg
Barrels can easily be transformed in vertical gardens with a lot of fresh food – Photo Grow Food, Not Lawns – 542232_449799711742313_474788682_n.jpg

4. If we pass this message to the world leaders and publish all our photos to show them our green container gardens, it will be a giant convincing step towards a global food revolution.

And soon there will be less hunger because container gardening means solving these major problems at the lowest cost.  People in developing countries have been inventive to grow fresh food in a panoply of containers (pots, buckets, bags, sacks, barrels, …).  There is a lot of indigenous knowledge about best practices and success stories in food production. It is our moral duty to follow their examples and invest in large-scale application of their methods and techniques.  International organizations should reach hands with NGOs to ban hunger and malnutrition without any delay.  They should start in all the schools.

Let us put an important step towards a better future today:

JOIN THE GROUP OF CONTAINER GARDENING AMBASSADORS.  They are the Fresh Food Home Guards !

IT IS TOTALLY FREE : https://www.facebook.com/groups/221343224576801/ 

Companion planting with herbs

Photo credit: Gardening at home

Tips On Companion Planting With Herbs In Your Garden

Companion planting with herbs will give some benefits for the plants themselves and power to help each other to grow and thrive. For example, companion planting your home-grown tomatoes with sweet basil will improve your tomatoes taste, companion planting some caraway plants throughout your garden will help to loosen the soil, or companion planting feverfew with your roses will also help to keep the aphids away. Certain herbs and other plants will do better simply by planting them nearby to each other but other herbs and plants should be kept far away. So you need to consider several factors when choosing companion plants for your herb garden.

Read more: Companion Planting Vegetables with Other Plants

Grow your own container herbs

Photo credit: * Bags  with vegetables, herbs and willow arches – Photo Les Urbainculteurs – 995175_576779415712269_459770994_n copy.jpg

How to grow container herbs and which are the best places to grow them

Herbs form an important part of most cooking world over and if you could pursue herb container gardening in your own home what more could you ask for? Growing herbs in a container in your own home is a wonderful choice that is both exciting and very fulfilling. With people globally preferring organically grown vegetables and herbs a lot of them are turning to growing veggies and herbs by themselves using organic seeds, soil, compost, natural fertilizers and pesticides and it is great to know that for doing this we need not look out for large outdoor spaces and grounds but you can pursue this interest in any of the humble containers and do as good as a farmer on large acres of land.

Herbs on raised beds - http://containergardeningpedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Herb-Container-Gardening-300x200.jpg
Herbs on raised beds – http://containergardeningpedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Herb-Container-Gardening-300×200.jpg

Why do people wish to grow herbs in containers?

Like it has been said a lot of different herbs are used in most of the dishes; they add a lot of flavour to your dishes and we all agree that there is nothing better than adding fresh herbs to make the food tasty and flavourful. Apart from adding good flavours most of the herbs are known to have a positive effect on our health.

Read the full article: Container Gardening Pedia

Thyme: a medicinal herb

Photo credit: Permaculture News

photo credit Lucie Bradley, Woodlands Community Gardens, Glasgow UK

Medicinal Plants in Permaculture……A Series of Monographs

by Lucie Bradley

EXCERPT

The second in the series ‘Medicinal plants and Permaculture’ is the hardy and highly aromatic Thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Although this time of year in the northern hemisphere is a slow one for plants, this herb is highly useful for winter ailments, for adults and children alike.

Considering stacking functions; as a vigorous perennial this plant also provides year-round ground cover and foliage through the long winter months even in the coldest climates. Whilst during the summer, it is adored bee fodder giving a distinctive flavour to the honey (1), a carpet of pretty delicate flowers and full aroma.

Like permaculture, herbal medicine forms part of a strategy that helps to build resilience and reduce disasters by maintaining a healthy, optimal equilibrium. A variety of herbs can be used through the year in advance of changing seasons to build resistance and immunity within the body.

Thyme is a great herb to use as a pre-cursor to the onset of winter, and through winter to maintain optimal health and well-being (although also highly useful at other times too, depending on the ailment and constitution of the individual).

Read the full article: Permaculture News

Growing herbs in containers

Photo credit: Novos Rurais

Bags – Herbs – Photo Novos Rurais

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How to grow container herbs and which are the best places to grow them

EXCERPT

Few important things to consider when you plan on herb container gardening

Abundant sun shine should be available and if you are planning on having it indoors you will have to observe which the sunniest part in the house is and plan accordingly.

Herbs in pots - http://containergardeningpedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Herb-container-gardening-300x214.jpg
Herbs in pots – http://containergardeningpedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Herb-container-gardening-300×214.jpg

Decide which ones you want to start with, seeds or plants; both have their own plus points and drawbacks, weigh them carefully and then decide.

Ensure that your containers are of a good size and have holes to drain out surplus water if not your herbs will rot and die.

When it comes to soil, best is to use potting mix which is light and made of organic matter mostly like peat or composted plant matter.

Provide adequate water, fertilizers and pesticides that are devoid of chemicals as and when needed and groom your plants periodically and you will be surprised to see how well and how fast they can grow!

Read the full article: Container Gardening Pedia

Bright colors in winter containers

 Photo credit: 3 am growers

Brighten the Winter Landscape with Container Gardens

EXCERPT

But sometimes landscapers need a pop of color to spice up their winter gardens. Tide yourself over during the season of landscape maintenance with bright container gardens for the home and garden.

Plant Trees in Container Gardens

Most trees planted in container gardens will eventually need repotting, but many species thrive until they outgrow their containers. Create focal points on patios, in courtyards, and even in the house by planting saplings in large pots. Make sure your chosen container is large enough that the tree can grow and wide enough to insulate the roots. Always make sure your container provides adequate drainage before planting your tree. Good plants for container gardening include:

  • Hollies
  • Evergreens
  • Boxwood
  • Dwarf camillas

Container Gardening with Flowers and Herbs

Read the full article: 3 am growers

 

Containers in the farm-to-table movement

Photo credit: Google

Ethnic restaurant Asian garden

Farm-To-Table Will Change Us [Opinion]

by Carol Miller

Unlike all the trends our industry has seen come and go, the farm-to-table movement has the power to rewrite our future.

A trend is like a wind that disturbs a pond but doesn’t reshape it. Take gazing globes, huge 10 years ago. They made our industry a lot of money, but their popularity faded, and we moved on, unchanged.

Container gardens had a bigger impact. They were a hit with customers who wanted instant gratification and with retailers who liked selling several products at once. They also reflected a changing customer base, who valued getting the visual impact of gardening without the work.

Home grown vegetables - http://perfectgardeningtips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/container-vegetables.jpg
Home grown vegetables – http://perfectgardeningtips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/container-vegetables.jpg

I want to take the time to unpack that thought. Container gardens’ popularity rose along with the flood of smart phones, big, immersive TVs and games like Candy Crush. People still eat out, go to theaters and, yes, garden. But they spend less time doing so.

So it can be argued that selling container gardens was a necessary adaption to our customers’ lifestyles.

Combo gardens had a bigger impact than gazing globes. But what gazing globes are to container gardens, that’s what combo gardens are to the farm-to-table movement.

Read the full article: Today’s Garden Center

Different aspects of container gardening

Photo credit: Garden Tribe

MEET YOUR TEACHER: JOHANNA SILVER

EDIBLES IN CONTAINERS

Big Crops From Small Spaces

You don’t need to live on a farm—or even have a garden—to grow your own food. Join Sunset Magazine’s engaging and irreverent Johanna Silver as she takes you through step-by-step demonstrations. From what type of containers to use, to choosing the proper potting soil, to sunlight, watering and fertilizing recommendations, this six-part class will have you growing thriving crops in no time.

This class is perfect for people who want to grow on decks and small apartment patios, renters who don’t want to invest too much into their yards, and everyone working around tough soil or gopher problems.

Class Time: 75 minutes of video lessons

Read the full article: Garden Tribe

Herbs: wonderful family project on these cold winter days

Photo credit: Pixabay

Chives

Growing green: herbs

by Robin Trott

in the Sun Tribune

EXCERPT

Start with a sterile pot: clean yogurt cartons, clay pots, egg cartons, or any vessel that suits your fancy. If your container doesn’t have adequate drainage, punch a few small holes in the bottom.  Add a good basic potting mix. (use your favorite brand, or make your own http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/945). Purchase fresh seeds, or use cuttings from existing plants. Have a balanced fertilizer on hand, such as fish emulsion, compost, or your favorite brand. (Make sure you follow directions for application on herbs.)  No special lights are required. Herbs thrive in a bright window that is free from drafts.  Bathroom and kitchen windows are ideal, as they have the added benefit of the higher humidity common to those rooms.

Not all herbs are suited for indoor gardens.  The following are just a few that are ideal for indoor gardening.

Read the full article: Sun Tribune

Balcony gardening

Photo credit: Edrick Tobias Molina

(Tokyo – Balcony – cherry tomato)

CAROLE MCCRAY: Grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs on your balcony

No yard? No problem. Reach for a tomato from a container on your deck or enjoy one from a container on an apartment balcony.

As long as you have a space that receives about eight hours of sunlight during the day, you can have a container garden.

There are vegetables ideally suited to growing in containers.

• Tomatoes are one. Their tenacity and ability to grow in small spaces make them good container plants. Sunny, sheltered locations are ideal for tomatoes, but if the space is windy and exposed, choose smaller varieties such as patio and cherry tomatoes. (Patio tomatoes are the only type of tomato that can produce a decent crop in partial shade.)

If you keep watering and fertilizing a little, your tomatoes will keep producing throughout the summer.

• Bush beans can be planted in containers because they don’t require much staking and they ripen fast. Bush beans have the extra benefit of adding nitrogen to the soil, which helps the next crop planted in the pot.

• For colorful and ornamental vegetables, try chili peppers. If you plant them in a decorative container, it can be a dramatic touch and one you will enjoy looking at. Also, your container with chili peppers can double as an edible table centerpiece.

• Herbs do well in containers. Rosemary, any of the thymes, marjoram, various basils and parsley are popular culinary herbs that like lots of sun. It is nice to have them close to the kitchen where you can step outside and snip fresh herbs for your favorite dishes.

• A container plant that is both ornamental and has texture is kale. It can span the seasons, planting and harvesting as the season goes along since it is a good cool weather crop. Try grouping pots of kale with colorful potted flowers such as zinnias, impatiens or marigolds for a decorative touch, some contrast and interesting textures.

• Lettuce is a good container plant. However, in the hot summer heat, it will bolt quickly. When that happens, cut the entire plant and refrigerate it, making sure all soil, debris and insects are gone. Do not wash the lettuce until you are ready to eat it.

If you want lettuce throughout the season, plant several containers in stages to keep harvesting.

 

Read the full article: Indiana Gazette