Category Archives: planting

A bucket with a cover grows trees in arid places

water pot for growing treesPieter Hoff won Popular Science magazine’s award for Popular Science magazine’s award for the 2010 Best of What’s New Innovation of the Year (the picture is theirs).

The cover on the bucket has 2 holes in it so it can catch water from rain or condensation once a sapling or seeds are planted in it. There is a wick that drips enough water onto the plant to allow it to survive in this micro-climate while it grows tap-roots deep enough to find moisture. It will also last for about 10 years so can be used at least 10 times to establish a new tree. They’ve been extensively tested over the past few years.

The Guardian has an interview with the inventor here and here is a lovely gallery from the official Groasis Webite. Details of various projects are here. Mrs Green will be keeping an eye on this.

Vertical self-watering rain harvesting garden for small spaces

Vertical garden self wateringDo you want a herb garden on a small patio or balcony that will water itself?  This would work – a  living green vertical wall.

I found it at Treehugger. It can harvest rainwater from a gutter down-pipe and the built-in tank can be topped up during dry spells.

Michael Tampilic  won a prize with his Vert Rain Terrace at the Rocket 2008 industrial design show.

Treehugger has an article on it here. We intend to experiment with ways and means to design and construct these delightful green walls.

It’s Arbour Day – plant a tree!

Spring fever? 2010’s Tree of the Year is the Fever Tree (Acacia Xanthophloea). yellow fever tree It grows near stagnant water where malaria mosquitoes breed – hence the name.  Fever trees occur in low-lying swampy areas, margins of lakes and pans and along river banks. They attract a lot of bird species which make their nests in them, especially weavers. Fever trees grow at a phenomenal rate making it a favourite choice. Due to the invasive root system it should not be planted near buildings or paving.”

Yellow fever tree foliageYou’ll find a list of Trees of the Year both past and future (1975 to 2020)  on this page on Forestry South Africa’s website and further info on the tree itself on this page.

The Joburg website has a page with all the activities taking place over Arbour Week in Johannesburg and  more rather interesting information too. Right. Sun-hat on. Spade in hand.  Heading for the garden.

Happy Spring Day to all in the Southern Hemisphere!