We have been working on restoring a farm in southern Spain. The site is being converted into a fully functioning off-grid regenerative farm with solar energy, greywater recycling, and rainwater collection. We are implementing large-scale earthworks such as terracing to help stabilize the earth. The land is brittle and challenged by a lack of rainfall so we will also use methods to slow, sink and spread water instead of allowing it to run off of our farm. The long term objectives include soil regeneration and food security. By applying compost and vermicompost combined with using methods such as cover cropping and no dig gardening, we will slowly build the soil health and grow delicious food.
Project Size: 40 square feet of garden space
This garden features planter beds made out of reclaimed wooden pallets and Styrofoam boxes. This garden is unique because the base of each planter was filled halfway with unfinished compost produced on site, covered with black soil and planted in.
With over 30 different plants grown from seed including basil, mint, coriander, sage, lemon balm, potato, papaya, avocado and more, this garden is a good example of what is possible in the small spaces available in Hong Kong.
Project Size: 65 square foot of garden space
This rooftop garden space was developed as a vegetable and herbal garden. The features of this garden included found materials (bathtubs and pallets) for planting beds, and grey water recycling (laundry) for primary irrigation. The garden was planted with basil, mint, coriander, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, beets, carrots, marjoram, sage, molokhia, parsley, dill, nasturtium among others.
With over 300 sunny days, Qatar provides an excellent opportunity to experiment with gardens year round! These pictures show just a couple of samples of what can be accomplished with just a little initiative and creativity.
We were contacted by local schools and other organizations to provide designs and implement outdoor educational garden spaces. These gardens were built from the ground up and involved the staff, students and members of the community through work days, garden club and the maintenance team. The key to success is to involve the whole community - we work with everyone in our projects.