My comment to Paul Duxbury’s “Potager” (Willem)

Already published on my desertification weblog on May 4, 2007

My comment to Paul Duxbury’s “Potager”

May 4, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in gardening kids, desert/desert gardening, women/youth and desertification, container/bottle gardening, land / land degradation, success stories – best practices, agriculture, forestry, ecology – environment, water. trackback , edit post

I like Paul’s contribution very much (see the former message on this blog). Although it contains mainly some general views on the matter, it may invite some people to start “potagering” at home. Well done, Paul !

Let me just make a comment on one sentence : “Most potagers are grown in raised beds that allow better control over the drainage and reduce the chance of the vegetables from becoming waterlogged.“. Alright, but !

I am very much in favor of setting up a vegetable garden in containers instead of in full garden soil, and this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many people do not have the pleasure of disposing of an open gardening space. When Paul says : “Potagers are particularly good for people who live on smaller lots of land or only have room for a small garden“, I am adding : “and for all those living in apartments, and having some space for a number of containers“. Continue reading My comment to Paul Duxbury’s “Potager” (Willem)

Tomatoes in containers for food in refugee camps (HGTV / Willem)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 30, 2007

Tomatoes in containers for food in refugee camps (HGTV)

April 30, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in desert/desert gardening, women/youth and desertification, container/bottle gardening, soil conditioning, horticulture/gardening, water, agriculture, rural development, technologies. trackback , edit post

Interested in container gardening for its potentialities to set up vegetable production in the drylands or deserts, I started some experiments in plastic bottles and plastic bags at home in Belgium (see former messages on this blog). Currently, I am checking publications on container gardening for their “tips” to enhance our chances to grow food in the refugee camps of the Saharawis in S.W. Algeria. Here is an article that may help us to grow tomatoes in containers, and why not, in plastic bags or bottles.

Read at :

HGTV

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_vegetables/article/0,1785,HGTV_3650_1397349,00.html

Tomatoes in Containers

No room at all to garden? Not to worry. You can have a beautiful vegetable garden in pots. Here’s how to culture a tomato in a container: Continue reading Tomatoes in containers for food in refugee camps (HGTV / Willem)

Urban container gardening (Google Alert / The Ottawa Citizen)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 25, 2007

Urban container gardening (Google Alert / The Ottawa Citizen) April 25, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in container/bottle gardening, horticulture/gardening, soil, water. trackback , edit post

 

Read at :

Google Alert for : gardening

The Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=21f1f826-c8b7-490a-ad58-4b846fccc866

The joys and perils of urban gardening

 

Kate Heartfield, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For me, this year, Earth Day lost a capital letter. It was about earth this year: the brown stuff with worms in it. As an urbanite with an environmental bent, April 22 has always been a time for me to think about Earth, the planet. It’s been a time to conserve electricity, to walk, to reduce, re-use and recycle garbage. This year, it was also about tending the four tomato plants growing at an alarming rate on the top of a bookcase in my downtown apartment (one of the few places my cats can’t jump). It was about getting closer to the earth. Actually, it was about getting closer to a seedling mix of sustainably harvested peat, compost and perlite. But you know what I mean. Continue reading Urban container gardening (Google Alert / The Ottawa Citizen)

Container gardening for food production, combating desertification and gardening in urban areas (Willem)

 Already published on my desertification weblog on April 21, 2007

Container gardening for food production, combating desertification and gardening in urban areas

April 21, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in hunger / famine, soil conditioning, desert/desert gardening, container/bottle gardening, food / food security, horticulture/gardening, drought, water, desertification, technologies. trackback , edit post

Here are some general ideas on CONTAINER GARDENING, more and more successful for food production in the drylands, for combating desertification and for growing plants in urban areas. Continue reading Container gardening for food production, combating desertification and gardening in urban areas (Willem)

Growing tomatoes in container (Google Alert / The News – Sentinel)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 13, 2007

Growing tomatoes in container (Google Alert / The News – Sentinel)

April 13, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in container/bottle gardening, horticulture/gardening. trackback , edit post

Read at :

Google Alert : gardening

The News – Sentinel

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/17066810.htm

Gardening Q&A

By Nancy Brachey

McClatchy Newspapers

(MCT)

Q: Please tell me how to grow Big Boy and heirloom tomatoes in containers. How big should the pot be and what kind of soil?

A: You have a great opportunity ahead, one that is shared by many people living in townhouses and apartments with little garden space. It is not hard to grow tomatoes in containers such as large black nursery pots, which people may have left over from their tree-planting. However, I don’t think you are choosing the best plants for this project.

The best choice would be one of the tomato varieties that grow to a set height, rather than produce vines that require a serious amount of staking and training. Continue reading Growing tomatoes in container (Google Alert / The News – Sentinel)

Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 4, 2007

Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

April 4, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in horticulture/gardening, capacity building, soil. trackback , edit post

Read at :

Google Blogs Alert for : gardening

Garden Hacker :

http://gardenhacker.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-to-hack-greenhouse.html

Greenhouse Hack

“Gardening can be an expensive hobby and if you look often times the gardens we admire the most are lush and full of plants that are maintained by people other than the actual owner. The average gardener may not have the time or resources to achieve the same look. And for the person wanting to start a garden a visit to costly garden centers can often be disappointing when the realization of how much money is involved in gardening. The alternative is to visit big box stores where prices are cheaper but selection and plant size that is driven by volume, again leaves the would-be gardener feeling uninspired.

So how do you achieve the same look without the bourgeois greenhouse or environmentally draining set-up of grow lights? Continue reading Bottles and other containers for gardening (Google Blogs Alert for : gardening / Garden Hacker)

Direct sowing-gardening (Google Blogs Alert / Gardenhacker)

Already published on my desertification weblog on April 4, 2007

Direct Sowing-Gardening (Google Blogs Alert / Gardenhacker)

April 4, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in horticulture/gardening, capacity building. trackback , edit post

Read at :

Google Blogs Alert for : gardening

http://gardenhacker.blogspot.com/2007/04/direct-sowing-gardening-terms-hacked.html

Direct Sowing-Gardening Terms Hacked

“Direct sowing has to be the easiest and least expensive method of seed starting for any garden. When you don’t have time to make soda bottle greenhouses or use the sandwich bag method or don’t want to spend money on buying soil or peat pellets direct sowing your seeds is the way to go. Simply sow your seeds according to the recommendations for planting depth and spacing in your garden or container garden where you would like for your plants to grow. Many of my seeds that require stratification I will just place in the ground where I want them to grow and will let the natural freeze-thaw-cycle do the work for me. There really isn’t a more fool proof method of seed starting than direct sowing.

Container gardening : vegetables (Google Blogs Alert / About: gardening)

Already published on my desertification weblog on Mach 30, 2007

Container gardening : vegetables (Google Blogs Alert for: gardening)

March 30, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in food / food security, horticulture/gardening. trackback , edit post

 

Growing Vegetables in Pots

Read at :

<http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/ContainerVeggie.htm>

From Marie IANNOTTI

“You don’t need a plot of land to grow fresh vegetables. Many vegetables lend themselves well to container gardening. With some thought to selecting bush or dwarf varieties, almost any vegetable can be adapted to growing in a pot. Vegetables that take up little space, such as carrots, radishes and lettuce, or crops that bear fruits over a long period of time, such as tomatoes and peppers, are perfect for container vegetable gardens.

What you can grow in a container vegetable garden is limited only by the size of the container and your imagination. How about a Summer Salad container? Plant a tomato, a cucumber and some parsley or chives all in a large (24-30″) container. They grow well together and have the same water and sun requirements. By late summer they might not be very pretty, but they’ll keep producing into the fall. This makes a great housewarming present, too. Continue reading Container gardening : vegetables (Google Blogs Alert / About: gardening)

Growing papaya from seeds / Culture de papayer à partir de semences (Willem)

Already published on my desertification weblog on March 26, 2007

Growing papaya from seeds / Culture de papayer à partir de semences

March 26, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in horticulture/gardening, salinity, food / food security, hunger / famine, desertification, rural development, technologies, poverty, water, agriculture, research. trackback , edit post

J’essaie de produire des jeunes pieds de papayer à partir de semences, trouvées dans des fruits brésiliens au supermarché.  Je fais appel à tous ceux qui veulent nous aider à cultiver des papayers dans les camps des réfugiés Sahraouis au S.W. de l’Algérie, en demandant debien vouloi m’envoyer des semences de n’importe quelle variété de papayer (voir mon adresse plus bas).  Merci d’avance !

In view of studying possibilities to grow papaya trees for our UNICEF ALGERIA project in the refugee camps of the Sahraouis people (region of Tindouf, S.W. Algeria), I have set up some experiments with seeds collected from some fruits purchased at a local supermarket (Brazilian fruits). Continue reading Growing papaya from seeds / Culture de papayer à partir de semences (Willem)

Bottle gardening – some experiments (Willem)

Already published on my desertification weblog on March 25, 2007

Bottle gardening – some experiments

March 25, 2007

Posted by willem van cotthem in fertilizer – nutrients, sustainability, horticulture/gardening, food / food security, hunger / famine, desertification, ecology – environment, water, poverty, agriculture, soil, rural development, research. trackback , edit post

In Februari 2007 I started some small experiments with what I call “bottle gardening“. I try to show that plastic bottles can be used as containers (see also “container gardening” informer messages on this blog). The main objective is to use plastic bottles for vegetable production in the drylands in order to save a maximum of water for irrigation. Within the framework of the combat of desertification, it is important to get a maximum of agricultural or horticultural production with a minimum of irrigation water. Moreover, enhancement of food production should also be realized in the drylands and on relatively poor soils.

Should these experiments be successful, a myriad of bottles, otherwise littered and dramatically degrading the environment, could play a very interesting role in sustainable food production for the rural people. Continue reading Bottle gardening – some experiments (Willem)