Our main business ( FALCONVIEW TOURIST BACKPACKERS ADVENTURE HOSTEL ) is in the next building, we are building an extension
and this Organic Vegetable Hydroponics Project is up on the third floor. You can see the other side of our narrow Green Parrot
Valley in the background covered in trees. We only have a house lot in a suburb of Santa Elena Town in the Western Cayo District
of Belize. To get space for a hydroponics nursery we had to build up.
We have an NGO, ( The Belize Development Trust ) which is internet based and composed of volunteers from all over the world.
We don't deal in money. But volunteers have donated books on hydroponics vegetables and mailed me seeds, or brought them,
and recently one volunteer visitor here brought me a replacement digital camera to replace mine that had quit. ( I paid for
There is almost no literature on lowland tropical vegetable growing. The information is scarce. Vegetables are mostly
temperate zone and growing them in the tropics is an unknown. As the country here changes with an expanding population, the
old farming practices are becoming untenable. We conceived of a demonstration project to show people they could feed themselves
without much in the way of money. Just five minutes a day in their backyard, or on a rooftop.
As you can see in the photograph, we use old cast off chlorax plastic bottles, ordinary soil ( 10% ) and the rest in
sawdust and sand. This experiment is working great. We feed a family of three in salads out of 60 chlorax pots and are developing
flower beds all around our Falconview Hostel. The experiment will run a year and already has run six months. Mostly we grow
lettuce, radish, chiltepe, habenero peppers, long hot peppers, tomatoes, leek type onions, herbs of many kinds, like basil,
spearmint and many others. We plant five new pots every Sunday as we use them up. We have groups and local people coming
over to see what we are doing and some are actually trying their own gardens.
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Our 2007 year has finished ( Jan.2nd, 2008 ) and the results for weekly production of hydroponic vegetables in our nursery
were successful. We now have downstairs started a pilot project small greenhouse shaded area to grow tomatos. We have 8
varieties growing and the one we are going to test the most is an Israeli hybrid called POLINA, which is supposed to grow
three inches in diameter. Or 12 to 14 ounces in size. We wanted big tomatos.
In LETTUCE nobody in the country has been able to grow a HEAD lettuce yet, though many leaf type lettuces have been
shown to grow. The best one we currently like is a Taiwanese Lettuce, a variety of POK CHOI. The Chinese government vegetable
experimental mission has grown three varieties of Pok Choi lettuce and we have the one we like best, but not sure of the name.
We had no more space on our website. So our second project, a 13 ft x 19 ft shaded greenhouse Pilot Tomato Project using
hydroponics is on Page 2. We started in February 2008, with about 8 different varieties of tomatos as test trials in 60 pots
and bags. By March 28, 2008 we had increased the number of plants to 137 plants. We have another 8 or so new varieties sent
to us from Volunteers of the Belize Development Trust NGO.
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