"Tonight it'll be full moon, I'll plant my potatoes".... "Wait for the second half of the moon before you sow the beans"...... Those are phrases we very often hear old villagers say! Are they just prejudice or is there some scientific explanation? Our project group wanted to search the matter and here is what we found:
In the very old days, before the clock was invented, the most reliable way to measure time was the position of the sun, the moon and the stars. It is also known that people used a sowing calendar based on the moon phases.
Yesterday a small group of us went for an excursion to Basel to join a presentation of the Aquaponics project of Urban Farmers - quite interesting approach to grow fish and tomatoes (and other plants) at the same time, nourishing each other. So it can be considered a valuable extension of the Hydroponics system introduced by Pepy below.
The obvious people's right to keep and exchange their own seeds is threatened by multinational companies and the restrictive legislation. Multinational seed producing companies and agro- industries, covered behind the mask of humanism, are striving to prevail in seed trade. In Brussels, where decisions are taken regarding Common Agriculture Policy in the EU, a lot of industry/biotechnology lobbies crowd, putting strong pressure in order to influence law making for their own benefit.
As our project group had been really interested in finding out how to preserve and multiply seeds from traditional local vegetable varieties, they organised a seed exchange - sowing workshop. They addressed all students of the school and asked them to find and bring traditional seeds of local vegetables. The project group brought little pots and soil for the sowing. We also invited 2 experts, Mr Saoulos and Mr. Kosmas, organic cultivators / members of the environmental association of Corfu.
So far we have had two meetings with the regional school representatives bringing forward our idea of making small gardens near schools. Last Thursday (13th Feb) our gardening group came together to discuss this item. The idea is not completely new as in Soviet times in some schools we had such small garden plots. Now our task now would be to initiate this idea to a wider public and find funding as well as teachers and other stakeholders.
A relatively new approach to vegetable cultivation, hydroponics is gaining more and more ground as it promises a high income to professional growers. But also, DIY hydroponic systems can fit almost in any house and can provide people with enough vegetables to meet their daily needs.
In the presentation our students have prepared, the reader can form an idea about hydroponics. For more details, take a look at the source links we have used.... http://www.slideshare.net/zervou/hydroponics-30952987
According to varied experiences of exchange of good practices , the various delegations have experienced and explored various alternatives by which the size and relevance of the work that has been being held in the city of Lisbon has achieved , was elected as a space for experimentation in areas of urban Ecology , Biodiversity , Ecological Structure and urban Horticulture Programs , for the meeting held from 15 to 18 January 2014.
We are just back from our project meeting in Lisbon and I am still impressed which strong efforts the municipality of Lisbon is making to transform their city into a sustainable place of living. The presentation of their projects and our discussions with staff from the municipality were one of the highlights to me.
The year 2013 ended well for urban gardening in Freiburg with an unexpected, yet welcome "harvest": the Urban Gardening group of Transition Town Freiburg was awarded one of the prizes of the City of Freiburg for Volunteering. It was a surprise to many...