In Summary
  • Not far from Nyeri town is what one might call an agricultural masterpiece; a kitchen garden made out of plastic pipes, which is a brainchild of John Wambugu, an agronomist.
  • In a single row the pipes can hold about eight to ten crops which he said if well-tended can sustain a whole family of four for several months until the end of the season.
  • According to Wambugu the kitchen garden is suitable for both urban and peri-urban dwellers who can either place them on top of their houses or inside open verandas where space is limited including hotels and offices.
  • Chances of pests and insects invasion are minimal while chances of getting a health crop is paramount.

When you think about being a successful farmer what comes to your mind is most likely a huge budget and a large swathe of land in order to see some lush and healthy crops.

But if you are John Wambugu you know that is not necessarily the case.

Not far from Nyeri town is what one might call an agricultural masterpiece — a kitchen garden made out of plastic pipes.

It is the work of Wambugu, an agronomist who uses it to train farmers.

The six inch pipes mounted on wooden frames have been cut in equal dimensions to hold assorted crops and vegetables that include spinach, collard green (sukuma wiki), strawberries, parsley (dania) and celery.

According to Wambugu the kitchen garden is suitable for both urban and peri-urban dwellers who can either place them on top of their houses or inside open verandas where space is limited including hotels and offices.

To make the garden, one can opt to purchase the pipes or better use materials that have been thrown away as waste.

The agronomist used two pipes which cost him Sh5,000 and Sh1, 000 for the acquisition of timber.

He recommends the use of used pipes which are free to acquire or alternatively use of bamboo trunks.

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