Mittleider gardeners in Trinidad
industry is now closed and bagasse is no longer available. Is there
a suggestion? There is no other crop byproduct that can be obtained
Do you have access to coconut coir - which is ground-up coconut
husks? How about coffee or rice hulls? Peanut shells? You
probably don't have pine trees, do you. Ground-up pine needles are
good also. Is there no wood industry there, where you could find
If you can find NOTHING in which to grow, I suggest you try growing
right in the native soil. We do that in most places around the
world now, and have success everywhere.
Create a level soil-bed. When growing commercially things like
lettuce and other small crops the bed is 4' wide, and whatever
length you want. Make at least 3'-wide aisles, and pull dirt from
those aisles to make the beds a couple of inches higher than the
aisles. Make ridges all around the beds at least 4" high, to hold
Feeding, watering, and growing are the same as in the raised boxes,
but you will have weeding to do.
Look on the website at www.foodforeveryone .org in the Learn section
to see how to grow in the dirt with the same success you have
enjoyed in raised boxes for so many years.