A new version of my video (Willem Van Cotthem)

2012 : And the result of growing vegetables and herbs in bottle towers (Photo WVC)
2012 : Growing vegetables and herbs in bottle towers (Photo WVC)

On October 17, 2011 I have uploaded a short video on the way to build bottle towers for food production at home (http://youtu.be/-uDbjZ9roEQ).  My main objective was to show that it is quite easy for every family to produce fresh food at home, thus alleviating child malnutrition, hunger and poverty.  As fresh food can be produced with less water and less fertilizer, these bottle towers should be applied in all the drylands.

In the combat of desertification, producing vitamin-rich food at home can be an important, simple, inexpensive tool.  The technique of vertical gardening with recycled bottles, pots, buckets, pipes and the like is affordable for every poor and hungry family in this world.

Applied at the largest scale, it would be a significant contribution to the combat of desertification, hunger, child malnutrition and even poverty.

Some people have been asking for a new version of my video


for 2 reasons (1) the quality of the background music and (2) the “turning pages” of the “still” pictures.

Here is now such a version with other tunes and with fading photos. Hope everybody will be happy !



Plastic bottles can be recycled by stacking them into bottle towers to set up a vertical kitchen garden at home. The bottle towers are used for container gardening of vegetables and herbs. How to build such a tower is shown in different steps.


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Willem Van Cotthem

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