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Organic Gardening

How green is their valley

Ark Eden is about a 45-minute walk from the Mui Wo ferry pier.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

All over bar the sprouting

Harvesting the vegetables he has helped to plant, nurture and cultivate, Vlado Vasile, a Year Seven student at South Island School, declares: 'It is simply an amazing adventure that really makes you want to gasp.' In Hong Kong, where having a garden is often considered a luxury, Vlado, like many other children from 10 international and 10 local schools, has discovered the joys of horticulture a

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beware of 'miracle' waste composters, scientist says

Property owners and managers should be sceptical of the allegedly fast-performing waste composters they are considering renting or buying under a HK$50 million government subsidy scheme, an expert warns.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Risa Bhinekawati

THE MAKING OF AN INDEPENDENT I was born in Pontianak, West Borneo, in 1966. When I was seven, my family moved to Jakarta and I have lived there ever since. I'm very much a no-frills person. My 250 square metre [2,700 sq ft] house is on 850 square metres of land in a kampong [suburb]. I don't use air-conditioning; we have four very big trees around the house that provide shade.

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Community compost facilities make sound financial sense

I am a gardener living in Mui Wo on Lantau and unlike the government I take very seriously the twin threats of climate change and peak oil. Consequently, one thing I am trying to do is grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in my garden and allotment using organic methods. Conventionally-grown food is heavily dependent on fossil fuel inputs.

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Putting the leftovers out to pasture

Students are using a Japanese composting technique which offers hope for Hong Kong's bulging landfills

Household rubbish accounted for almost half of our solid waste last year, with 12.5 per cent of Hong Kong's greenhouse emissions coming from methane produced by landfill food waste, or leftovers.

7 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Green-finger tips

In his handbook, On Guerilla Gardening, Richard Reynolds outlines campaign tactics. Here's a list of essential items in any would-be guerilla gardener's arsenal:

Seed bombs

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Food-waste compost project could be just a waste of time

City does not have enough farms to use 'green' fertiliser

Part of Hong Kong's mountain of food waste will be composted in a pilot scheme starting this year, but already there are fears of too little demand for the product.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Our worms too lazy to go to work

Thousands of imported earthworms could be used to eat household food waste at housing estates by the end of the year if a pilot scheme conducted at Kadoorie Farm is successful.

About 12,000 red worms from the mainland are being used in the trial, which mirrors a system used at the Sydney Olympic village in 2000 and likely to be used in Beijing next year.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Green winners

Five schools received funds from China Light & Power (CLP) last year to carry out research on environmental protection and install machines to help conserve energy on campus.

The CLP Energy Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2003, has provided more than HK$3 million for a total of 28 projects so far.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

How does your garden grow?

SUMMER IS AN intoxicating time, with flowers in bloom and trees a vibrant green. That might give the impression it's the best season for plants. But in sub-tropical Hong Kong, where humidity is high and the mercury never touches zero, the right time for most plants is all year round.

16 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Students join green force

From now until June, students will tend gardens and grow vegetables at the Hong Kong International Airport in Tung Chung.

The organic gardening competition, a pilot scheme under the airport waste recycling programme, is jointly organised by the Airport Authority (AA) and the Environmental Protection Department.

27 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Officials being prudent with moderate start

I refer to Stephanie Fung's letter headlined, 'Composting would bring all sorts of benefits' (South China Morning Post, April 7).

It is the Government's policy to ensure that all waste generated in Hong Kong receives the most appropriate treatment and organic waste is no exception.

19 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Composting would bring all sorts of benefits

I refer to the letter from John Nash on composting (South China Morning Post, March 8).

When given time and the appropriate conditions, organic matter breaks down naturally as a result of the metabolic activity of certain micro-organisms.

7 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Composting method good for environment

Instead of sending our unwanted food and food scraps to the tip, we could be utilising them to make valuable compost. The compost material could then be used to improve the quality of the soil used with pot plants and market gardens in Hong Kong.

A compost consists of food waste or organic matter mixed with a quantity of soil.

8 Mar 2000 - 12:00am