Website about container gardens (Penn State Public Broadcasting)

Ashley BRESSLER of the Penn State Public Broadcasting has sent the following message :

“I work for Penn State Public Broadcasting. We have a video on our Penn State On Demand website about container gardens that relates to your blog. Whenever possible, we point our online viewers to other web resources that supplement the video content on our site. We are going to post links on our site to your blog, and we thought you might consider posting a link to our related video on your site. Below is the link to our related video. I have also included the links of the articles we will post.  Let us know if you decide to use our link. If you have any questions or would like any more information about Penn State On Demand please let me know.

Ashley Bressler”

Our Link:


Going to the URL above, you will find :

Container Gardens

03:00 | Released 2007 | 128 plays
Producer: Price, David
Produced for Penn State Public Broadcasting
Related to: Three Minute Gardener

When there isn’t space in a garden for favorite plants, they can be planted in containers and placed on a patio or deck. This clip provides step-by-step instructions for how to plant a beautiful and functional container garden.

Genre(s): How-to
Subject(s): horticulture

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and you have an easy access to this interesting 3 minutes video on container gardening or a number of videos on other related topics!

Strongly recommended.

Reopening this blog (Willem)

The last message published on this blog was :


Dear Readers,

Recently, I found out that there is a huge overlap in the readership of this blog (”Container Gardening”) and one of my other blogs (”Desertification”). Therefore, I decided to merge the content streams for both blogs, with Desertification becoming the central merged location. The content of the Container Gardening blog posted prior to November 17th will stay available on this site. As of today, new Container Gardening content will be posted on my Desertification blog here:

Please update your bookmarks with the new blog address? Thanks! Willem”


Today, noticing that most of the visitors of my blogs are still consulting this former “container gardening”-blog of 2007, I feel the necessity to reopen it. From now on, I will publish all information related to gardening on this blog. All messages on drought, desertification and poverty will be published on my “desertification”-blog. Thus, people particularly interested in gardening will find specific information on this topic on this “container gardening”-blog without having to go over a series of messages concerning drought, desertification and poverty (and vice-versa). I hope my readers will appreciate this decision.

Experimenting with wild strawberries in container (Willem)

Some weeks ago, I was setting up some experiments with wild species of strawberries, e.g. Fragaria vesca, in plastic bottles.  I obtained excellent results, very promising for application in the drylands. Here are a couple of photos :

Wild strawberries in bottle

Wild strawberry plant in a plastic bottle, flowering and fruiting after a couple of weeks (Click on the photo to enlarge it).


Fragaria vesca in bottle

Here is a  young Fragaria vesca, developing well in a plastic bottle.

Small space vegetable gardens (Bestgardening)

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Bestgardening (see my Blogroll)

Small space vegetables 

As city gardens become ever smaller, garden space becomes more and more precious. Once the norm, space for growing vegetables may seem just a dream. Yet salads, tomatoes, and other vegetables are so much better straight from the garden. Young, tender vegetables are prized, and so much better when there are only minutes between the garden and the pot or salad bowl. The process, from garden to table, is enjoyable and one of anticipation. There are lots of ways to introduce vegetables into the garden, especially as we can become more innovative in how we grow our veges.

Tips for Small Space Vegetables
Concentrate on growing only those vegetables that benefit the most from being picked fresh and take up a small space. Don’t grow plants that take up lots of space, have a long growing season or you don’t love to eat!  Grow vegetables that are hard to find and not usually on the supermarket shelves, and select varieties for superior taste rather than crop size. Small is definitely beautiful in a tiny vegetable garden. The largest tomatoes are not necessarily the best tasting. Vegetables suitable for small spaces are generally harvested when young and tender. Thus the growing season is shorter and plants can be cycled through faster. Baby cauliflower, finger carrots, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, there are loads of suitable seeds on the market today. Grow fewer vegetables of each type. In a large garden we can grow 20 celery plants, in a small space garden you may want to grow only half a dozen, and in a balcony garden two or three plants will provide fresh stalks for cutting. In courtyards and against a warm wall you can often get planting long before the soil in a traditional garden has warmed enough for planting out and seed sowing.
Continue reading Small space vegetable gardens (Bestgardening)

Growing bulbs on a bottle (Willem)

Here is a simple idea for growing bulbs on a plastic bottle (a nice way to recycle plastic !) :

A bulb rack

A number of bulbs can be grown on one single bottle. Cut the wall of the bottle crosswise at 3-4 places and bend the 4 triangular parts outwards to form a cuplike cavity in which the bulbs can be placed. The bottle is filled with potting soil, mixed with a bit of water stocking soil conditioner, e.g. TerraCottem (see

Bulb bottle

We are getting a maximum of water use efficiency !

Bulb bottle detail
Detail view on two holes for holding a bulb.

Onions on a bottle
Onions on a bottle

One can also put the bottle upright and have the bulbs developing in 2-4 vertical rows.