Developing the Container garden – Philippines

Ive been puzzling over this idea for over a year now and think its about time I try to make a go of things and see where it leads. I have a strong belief that many people can increase their food stocks and improve diet without increasing costs. Infact in theory they should actually gain extra to sell but how do you maximise the space? Or maybe I should start with what I am talking about…lol I look at the rows of run down shanty housing in certain areas where people are struggling to survive on a daily basis but maybe there is a way forward. But also its something I want to do at home aswell as I would love to be able to harvest my own food and be aware of what chemicals actually went into its production as well as save money. I came across this article today and this is what sprouted the idea to actually start getting things moving.

Dr. Robert J. Holmer
Periurban Vegetable Project (PUVeP)
Xavier University – Research & Social Outreach
Manresa Farm, Fr. W. F. Masterson SJ Ave
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
PHILIPPINES

telling me : “I just came across your great blog on Desertification which I started to read with great interest and joy since you share the same ideas about food security as me. Your comment on allotment gardening reflects exactly my sentiments. …………………………..  and possibly we can convince more people on the benefits of these programs, including container gardening.

The pictures I added are from two school gardens where we are establishing so-called container gardens to maximize space and to encourage pupils to replicate this at home. We also provided rainwater catchment since even in the tropics freshwater is becoming scarce (and the technology – as simple as it may be – was basically not known).

2008 Philippines : Students filling plastic bottles with soil to set up container gardening  

2008 - Philippines : A rack with plastic bottles for successful container gardening in a small area (vertical gardening)

2008 - Philippines : Efficient rainwater catchment with simple tools

In addition, one of our former staff members just started his Ph.D. thesis on ‘bio-char’ which you also mentioned on your blog. I added his thesis proposal for your reference.

Attached also a little brochure we just came out with as well as the link to our 103 “Philippine Allotment Garden Manual“, which may give some useful ideas to people in other countries.

3 comments for “Developing the Container garden – Philippines

  1. December 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    My name is Herbert Gutierrez, i am studying architecture and I am writing to enquire about your photo
    http://tropicalpenpals.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/rainwatercatchmentdsc01840_thumb.jpg

    Im working in my thesis about the rainwater harvesting and the cities and I would be grateful if you could give a license to use your photo, to publish as part of my final thesis, just for academical purpouses.
    I can offer you share experiences with this technology, specifically in Mexico (In the area of Mexico City).

    Thanks for you atention, i will wait your answer.

    Yours faithfully
    Herbert Gutierrez

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      December 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Hi Herbert,
      the photo isn’t mine I came across it on the internet while looking for rainwater harvesting information. Its origin I don’t know as often photos become third or fourth hand on the web which is why I didn’t link it back to where it came from as I couldn’t determine the owner.

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      December 18, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Hi Herbert,
      the photo I came across online but couldn’t determine its original source.

      Matt.