Vertical Wall Garden

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Urban areas in the Philippines, like Metro Manila and the nearby regions, may lack or have vanishing lands (horizontal spaces) for food production. However, what urban areas have are vast spans of vertical spaces (walls) both inside and outside of buildings and housing units. There are also roads and walkways that connect and sometimes fences that demarcate the clusters of buildings and housing units.

In this article, and other articles in the various sections under "Urban Garden/Farms", we will explore and present ideas from peoples around the world who tried to use those vast spans of vertical spaces (walls) both inside and outside of buildings and housing units as potential areas for urban food production.

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Smoky Mountains.  Metro Manila is also infamous for its mountains of garbage that become the source of livelihood for scavengers who attempt to recycle as many as possible from the mountains of wastes.  In keeping with this spirit, the Vertical Wall Garden ideas presented here are based from recycling of otherwise discarded containers to serve as food production units in a vertical wall setting.

 The Solar Garden The Green Wall

We started with the video above to demonstrate that creating Vertical Wall Gardens can be done even by children with proper guidance.  Just as important, the project "The Solar Garden The Green Wall" was used to educate young people about recycling, conservation and how their collaborative efforts would have significant impact towards the worldwide effort to mitigate global warming, air, water and soil pollution.

The plant materials used were not vegetables, but it should be possible to plant vegetables, herbs and spices, as will be show in other works by other people.

The Vertical Wall Garden created, while quite technologically simple, included a very remarkably efficient electronically controlled capillary watering system. Other Vertical Wall Gardens explode by others would use a more simple watering from the top that would then percolate down to the lowest bottle and for the excess collected to be recycled. Using a different setup, others also are exploring the use of "self-watering" systems

Vertical Wall Garden in the Philippines. As remarkable as this simple Vertical Wall Garden is as a potential food production unit, especially in urban settings and outdoors, we should also be cognizant on how such proposed Vertical Wall Garden would fare under Philippine climate and conditions so that steps could be taken to improve it.

Climate Change, El Niño & La Niña and the Philippines. There were times in our past that many Filipinos may still remember -- when many regions of the Philippines have marked dry and wet seasons, Mindanao was supposed to be free of typhoons, and the months of December to February were supposed to be "cold months" and free of typhoons in the Philippines.

Now, we end 2017 with a devastating typhoon [Typhoon Vinta (Tembin)] that ravaged Lanao Del Norte, and other provinces in Mindanao; this is the third catastrophic typhoon during this last decade that wrecked havoc in Mindanao during the month of December.

During the past few years, the typhoon season seems to begin as early as January and as of 2017 end as late as December. In this regard, PAGASA issued on 2018 New Year day the development of a low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao that could develop a tropical depression advisory (TDA) the next few days, affecting Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and Visayas.

These issues are critical because they should impact how we adapt whatever Vertical Wall Garden technologies will be used in the Philippines.