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September 20 (belatedly): Floating Gardens

On September 20, a TV crew visited Mermaid's Hands, and some of the kids showed off various aspects of their daily life, including tending floating gardens. People in Mermaid's Hands didn't always make floating gardens--Silent Soriya gave them the idea. She came to Mermaid's Hands from Cambodia.

I first learned about floating gardens from a PDF from an NGO called Practical Action--the PDF was about creating floating gardens in Bangladesh. Here's a webpage about the project, and here is a page where you can download the PDF. (That first page has a link to a project for growing pumpkins on sandbars left in the wake of monsoons--cool.)


Making a floating garden bed Source: Practical Action, "Floating Gardens."

floatinggarden-diagram-600


The people who live on and by Inle Lake in Myanmar also have floating gardens. Here, for instance, is a floating garden of tomato plants (photograph by Ralf-André Lettau, via Wikimedia Commons):

Floating garden by Ralf-André Lettau


And here's a floating garden on Tonle Sap, in Cambodia (Photo by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr):

Cambodia-2875 - Floating Garden


ETA: And here, courtesy of the floating garden tag on Tumblr, are some floating gardens from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD, USA (Source)


When I live in a floating house on the tide, I'm going to have a floating garden.


Comments

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sartorias
Sep. 22nd, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
That is fascinating. So cool!
asakiyume
Sep. 22nd, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
I love it--I want to try it one day.
sovay
Sep. 22nd, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
People in Mermaid's Hands didn't always make floating gardens--Silent Soriya gave them the idea. She came to Mermaid's Hands from Cambodia.

+1.

I love the construction of floating gardens. That is really cool.
asakiyume
Sep. 22nd, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
I love that those Bangladesh ones are made with an initial layer that's water hyacinths! Some of the others start with rafts.
sovay
Sep. 22nd, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
I love that those Bangladesh ones are made with an initial layer that's water hyacinths!

The water hyacinths are definitely part of the coolness.
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Right? It's like they're more real for being based on a floating thing.
cmcmck
Sep. 22nd, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
And water hyacinths = water chestnuts!

Yumm-eee! :o)
mnfaure
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that!!!

*jots it into notebook for Future Farm!*
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that either about water hyacinths--yum!
mnfaure
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
It is not like I don't have enough on my plate already, but I got an idea for an illustration from this post.

What nifty schema with the water hyacinths, and the floating garden on Tonie Sap looks a lot like what I was picturing in the aforementioned illustration idea...before I scrolled down that far. :D
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
There seem to be all sorts and shapes--and I like that it's an idea that's been used all over (e.g., Aztecs, too).

I'm eager to see the illo, when and if you get to it!
oiktirmos
Sep. 22nd, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Very cool. Just drove under the harbor in Baltimore, but did not think of floating gardens.
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they're still there (I didn't check on how old that photo is).
genarti
Sep. 22nd, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, how delightful! I especially love that it's a bed of water hyacinths, instead of just a raft or something. What a great idea, and a great use of space.

I especially like thinking about all the fish and crabs and snails and so forth living in amongst the rafts' roots. Worlds below and above.
sovay
Sep. 22nd, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
I especially like thinking about all the fish and crabs and snails and so forth living in amongst the rafts' roots. Worlds below and above.

Poem. Or story. Something, please.
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
I agree! I was saying to Sovay upthread that it makes them somehow more real, that they're based on something floating. (Though more pragmatically speaking, it may be a matter of what's plentiful in Bangladesh. Wood might be too valuable for other purposes.)

And yeah! I love your thought about fish and snails! You can catch fish with your garden :-)
avalonestel
Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Isn't the world just full of awesome? (I still owe you a message--hopefully later today ♥)
yamamanama
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
That is such an amazing idea.
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
I love it.
browngirl
Sep. 28th, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
*takes rapt notes*
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