Organic Vegetable Gardening Rises To New Heights

Those of us who begin a basic, step by step organic vegetable gardening program usually worry most about all of the pests that want to enjoy all of our hard work for lunch. One thing we here in the U.S. don’t worry about much is space. But what about those like minded organic gardeners in Hong Kong? Not a lot of room to grow, if you know what I mean. Here is an article I ran across on the Mother Nature Network, originally written for AFP by Sam Reeves, that describes what challenges they face and how they go about tackling them.

Organic Vegetable Gardening Rises To New Heights

On the rooftop of a tower block above the hustle and bustle of teeming Hong Kong, dedicated growers tend to their organic crops in a vegetable garden.

Organic vegetable gardening in Hong Kong is literally up on the roof. Photo by Ablestock.com c/o Photos.Com.

Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills, earth-filled boxes are spread out on the roof of the 14-storey building, where a wide variety of produce including cucumbers and potatoes are cultivated.
It is one of several such sites that have sprung up in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle, as the appetite for organic produce grows and people seek ways to escape one of the most densely populated places on earth.
“I am happier eating what I grow rather than food I buy from supermarkets,” said Melanie Lam, a 28-year-old nurse, who comes to the “City Farm” in the Quarry Bay district of Hong Kong’s main island about twice a week.
“Compared to vegetables from the supermarket, vegetables that I plant are sweeter and fresher. It gives me a greater sense of satisfaction.”
With most of the southern Chinese territory’s 7 million people living in tower blocks and land prices sky-high, unused roofs are some of the few places in the most heavily populated areas for budding vegetable gardeners.
Pretty encouraging to know that your step by step organic vegetable gardening can be done almost anywhere. Knowing what you’re growing and where it’s coming from is very reassuring and the best thing we can do for our own health.
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I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.
                                                                                               — Nathaniel Hawthorne,  Mosses from and Old Manse

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