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Ecco l’esempio di un orto in cassetta.

Facile, semplice e molto economico. 

Al mercato rionale sotto casa, ho notato che alla fine della giornata, le cassette venivano impilate ordinatamente una sopra l’altra. Ho pensato che sarebbe passato qualcuno a ritirarle per poterle riusare, invece tutto questo non accadeva. Puntale ed inesorabile, il camion della spazzatura, passava per prendere le cassette e ingurgitarle nel suo grande stomaco d’acciaio. Una storia senza lieto fine. 

Ma noi possiamo cambiare il finale di questa storia e dare una vita più lunga ed eroica alle cassette della frutta. Lunga vita alla cassetta di frutta! Come? Costruendo un orto in cassetta.


Un consiglio per un mix di ortaggi imbattibile?


Cicoria da taglio, lattuga da taglio e ravanelli.


La cicoria e la lattura la seminate spargendo i semi a caso.

I ravanelli invece, potete seminare i semi facendo delle file.


Cosa serve:


  1. una casstta, profonda almeno 30 cm.
  2. tessuto ( se volete investire qualche euro comprate pure il tessuto non tessuto) da usare come contenimento del terreno
  3. lapilli vulcanici ( potete usare anche, ghiaia o legni sbriciolati o cortecce) per fare da drenante sul fondo della cassetta, ne bastano 5 cm.
  4. terriccio ( una cassetta di grosse dimensioni può contenere 25 litri)

COLTIVARE FUORI TERRA CON I PALLET – Pallets for raised bed gardening

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Un modo semplice, veloce ed economico per coltivare fuori terra.
Con un investimento di pochissimi euro si possono coltivare con successo insalate e altre verdure dalle radici corte.
Pallets for raised bed gardening! 
More wood pallet projects:
Raised bed gardening:

A very interesting book on raised bed gardening

Are you bending over, weeding, digging over and collecting snails in the evening, but still having to share your harvest with them? For many who have just caught the gardening bug, they end up instead burying all their garden dreams deep into the earth. Commercially available raised beds make a lot of work easier but they cost a fortune. In this book an alternative to the expensive models is presented and clearly describes how you can successfully grow your own vegetables with the least time, energy and money. It also shows that anyone can build a raised bed and how to effectively use its many benefits, such as earlier and richer harvests, more efficient watering, less problems with snails and weeds and intelligent recycling of your green rubbish. Compact information, instructions for twenty-five of the most popular vegetable varieties as well as simple but sophisticated recipes will give the reader a first taste for his own organic vegetables and encourage the bug to crawl out into the sunshine.




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Una vecchia stazione di benzina a Vancouver trasformata in un orto urbano, grazie a Sole Food Farm. Un organizzazione che si occupa di coltivare negli spazi abbandonati della città.

An old gas station in Vancouver is now a sprawling, temporary urban orchard, thanks to Sole Food Farms. It’s the organization’s fourth farm on vacant space in the city, and helps provide local jobs


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Un modo semplice e rapido per far crescere le piante nei sacchi di crescita
Il serbatoio aiuta a portare il nutrimento necessario alle piante e allo stesso tempo impedisce l’erosione
Il cilindro centrale permette alle piante di espandere le proprie radici più in profondità

ecco dove acquistarli:

City Farming

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A film about City Farming!

The ancient practice of agriculture meets modern city as we explore groundbreaking farms in Japan, the US and Norway. Monocle Films visits the people bringing green growth to their thriving metropolises.


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Highly productive, easily managed

Micro-gardens are highly productive and can be easily managed by anyone – women, men, children, the elderly and the disabled. FAO studies show that a micro-garden of one square metre can produce any one of the following:

  • around 200 tomatoes (30 kg) a year
  • 36 heads of lettuce every 60 days
  • 10 cabbages every 90 days
  • 100 onions every 120 days

Where no land is available, vegetables can be planted in a container filled with garden soil or a “substrate” made from local materials, such as peanut shells, coconut fibre, rice husks, coarse sand or laterite. If substrates are unavailable, there is another option: growing the vegetables on water enriched with a soluble fertilizer.

A micro-garden can be grown on an area of just one square metre. Water requirements are modest, an important consideration in developing cities, where good quality water is often scarce and expensive. In a year, a one square metre micro-garden consumes about 1 000 litres of water, or less than 3 litres per day. To ensure a regular water supply, micro-gardeners can channel rainwater into storage via a system of gutters and pipes. Rainwater is virtually free (after the investment in harvesting equipment) and usually of good quality. From a roof of 20 sq m, growers can collect 2 000 litres of water for every 100 mm of rainfall, enough for the year-round cultivation of a micro-garden of two square metres. Keeping micro-gardens productive is also fairly simple. They can be fertilized regularly, at no cost, with compost produced from household organic waste. Pests are controlled by non-chemical means, including coloured sticky traps, insect proof nets and intercropping with aromatic herbs that naturally repel insects, such as basil, parsley and mint


DIY DESIGN: Solar Powered Aquaponics

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How to Build a solar powered IBC tote Aquaponics System CHEAP and EASY!