Strawberries in plastic bottles

In former postings I described already the possibilities of growing vegetables in plastic bottles, e.g.:

Container-Free Balcony Gardening (Katie Humphry)

Mon potager dans des bouteilles en plastique / My vegetable garden in plastic bottles May 10, 2007

Gardening in a bottlerack

Jardinage dans une étagère de bouteilles May 12, 2007

Gardening in a bottlerack or simply on a bottle May 14, 2007

Today, I bring you some nice pictures of strawberries growing in such plastic bottles. Please look at the healthy condition of the flowering plants, bearing young, ripening fruits. I strongly believe that people in the drylands (but in fact everyone) can use this method to grow food crops with a minimum of water and fertilizer. Massive use of this kind of containers can help us to limit plastic waste, as also plastic bags can easily be used as containers for gardening in the vicinity of the house (and later on buried in the soil).

Why shouldn’t you set up a trial with this “good idea” ?

Bottles with strawberries
Flowering and fruiting strawberries in plastic bottles (see
Mon potager dans des bouteilles en plastique / My vegetable garden in plastic bottles May 10, 2007, for information on bottle preparation)

flowering strawberries
Flowering strawberries with young fruits

Healthy strawberries
Healthy strawberries

roots in bottles
Excellent root development in the humid potting soil within the bottles

Be so kind to inform me on the results you obtained with your trials and send me some pictures. 

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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

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