Urban Farming-How to grow kales in used water dispenser bottles (PICTURES) Part I

With the ever increasing urbanization, population growth, and diminishing farming space, urban farming techniques and innovation remain the only way through which food abundance can be guaranteed. Besides, natural calamities such as drought and related famine can only be effectively handled if new farming strategies are devised and employed. In one of my previous posts, < https://goo.gl/Hl5zDD >, I explained various reasons why Africans, especially the youth, need farming now than ever before.

In this prose, I detail how the urban population, most of whom are not soil-friendly or probably do not have the space to practice the art on large land tracts, can do it on a small yet very productive scale. In essence, dwindling farming space should not be the reason for starvation and idleness anymore.Today, I highlight steps through which you can efficiently utilize your used water dispenser bottles to grow kales (popuarly known as “sukuma wiki”) in Kenya, and spinach. However, it should be noted that other crops including flowers can be grown using this technique.

The first step in this farming process is to accept that your hands will be dirty for some minutes-yes. However, urban ladies should not stop reading this article at this point as there is a solution to getting your expensive babies dirty and outworn. You can wear farming gloves, plastic bags, or do the farming just before you do your manicure. The good news is that with this farming technique, your hands will only be dirty once, during the planting time. Watering is easy and “hygienic”.

You must ensure that you select the right seedlings in terms of quality such as healthy with good elongated stems and uncut root systems.

Second, prepare your containers by cutting used water dispenser bottles (I chose these because they are neither too small nor too big, properly utilizing available space). Recycling is also a consideration in this case. Select top soil that has moisture (you can get this from the nearest place including roadsides, it is not much soil you know), nutrients, and other valuable characteristics and fill the cut bottles to about 80% full.

Join me in the second segment as I explain the reason behind cutting the bottles as they appear above and describe the next and final steps of this fun-filled farming venture. Won’t you? Ladies, don’t do your nails, we are not yet done with the “dirty” bit!

Questions, additional input, and commends on this first segment have a home in the comments section below.

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8 thoughts on “Urban Farming-How to grow kales in used water dispenser bottles (PICTURES) Part I”

  1. This is a nice initiative however, sukuma wiki is not Kales. It’s right name is collard greens. Lakes have curly or furled leaves. The best collards are grown using organic manure. Mix the soil real good with some organic manure either from dry cow dung or chicken s**** and you will have the healthiest aromatic collards that your mama used to grow.


  2. Container Gardening is becoming ever so popular! as green space is taken away, I love how you used the bottle lids as an aide in the drainage, I was going suggest small pebbles in the bottom, but it looks like you have it all figured out!! Can’t wait for the next segment Kelvin! 😉 T.


    1. Hello, Kenya’s urban centers are densely populated, especially here in Nairobi with over 3 million people. There is hardly any land space left for farming. While most houses are too high for roof-top farming, bottled, sack and pipe vegetable growing are the viable forms here.


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