Photo credit: VVORK
“Hanging Garden”, 2008-09 by Mona Hatoum.
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The numerous advantages of sack gardening and growing drought-tolerant Navajo willows (see below) have been described earlier in postings on my desertification blog. We suggested to combine both methods/techniques (sacks and live trees) in order to solve a number of classical problems: drought, limited quantity of irrigation water, heat, UV-radiation, etc, killing a number of birds with one stone. Mona HATOUM’s splendid artwork and the positive news about gardening people in Nairobi, combating hunger, malnutrition and poverty with “sack gardening”, brought me to the idea that it must be possible to build a vertical vegetable garden as a Food Wall of stacked burlap (jute) sacks, filled with a mixture of dirt (or potting soil) and manure. Maybe adding a water absorbent soil conditioner (if cost is not a limiting factor!) can enhance the water retention capacity in the sacks.