Lebanon | Vertical gardens

Sep 2016

Garden walls are a proven technique to grow vegetables and herbs vertically, without using any arable land. These walls are made from very cheap and readily available material such as used or discarded plastic crates or walls made from recycled plastic. Each crate can be used to plant two consecutive vegetable crops per year and can be used to grow a wide range of summer and winter vegetables that can be harvested throughout the year. This project primarily targets women-headed households and those with a large number of children. Beneficiaries include 30 landless vulnerable Lebanese households and 120 Syrian households.

Garden Wall” is a microgardening project implemented by FAO and funded by the OCHA managed Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF).

American University of Beirut (AUB) designed and tested a vertical wall system where plants are growing through the bottom of crate and gradually inclined to 90 degree to fit in a shelf. FAO designed different structures to be compared with the AUB wall described below. Each structures use the same type of plastic boxes which are easy to find second hand in Lebanon as they are used to transport vegetables and fruits.

Author: FAO/Lebanon

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