“A flower has such a short life span, and yet it offers itself wholeheartedly to others.” ~Amma
AYUDH Boston came together on March 3rd, 2017, to learn about sustainable gardening and plant herb and vegetable gardens out of recycled materials. The evening began with some reflection on a passage about nature by our inspiration, Amma. We then learned about the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030, including United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #2, Zero Hunger. We then made low-maintenance seed sprouting systems using household items like aluminum tins and water bottles, taking a creative approach to finding sustainable solutions to SDG #2 in ending hunger across communities. AYUDH members planted tomatoes, hot peppers, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, and various herbs. We built water-bottle planters using soil pellets surrounded by a biodegradable mesh net, scraps from an old cotton T-shirt, a paperclip or binder clip, and plant seeds and have posted a demonstration video to the AYUDH Boston Facebook page. These systems don’t have to be routinely watered since the cotton scrap continuously wicks water from the bottom water reservoir, keeping the soil moist but not soaked and guiding the roots to grow out into the air-water interface below. Rather than using a plastic water bottle, you can also modify the design to use recycled paper cups.