Gardening gets green boost

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 July, 1998, 12:00am

Everyone can grow organically at home - this was the message of a green gardening exhibition.

Jointly organised by the Provisional Urban Council and the Produce Green Foundation, the Organic Gardening at Home exhibition was part of the Green Hong Kong Campaign.

The exhibition, held in the Arcade in Kowloon Park, demonstrated how some vegetables, such as lettuce, Chinese spinach, bosella and eggplant, can be grown at home.

Emphasising the green message, organic fertilisers, including seaweed, green manure and compost, were also on display.

Visitors were shown ways of using natural pest controls rather than chemicals to protect their plants.

Among the remedies highlighted were garlic, chili, derris, rue and mint which were traditionally used to combat pest problems. Horticultural experts were also on hand to answer visitors' questions.

A wide range of traditional organic farming and rice cultivation tools were also on display, including a harrow, plough, sickle, seedling spade, threshing tub, rice-hulling mill and winnowing machine, some of which were more than 40 years old.