The other day I met up with one of my counterparts, Mamadou Seck, and together, along with his daughter Nafi, we made a hydroponic table to propagate mint. A hydroponic table is simply a flat container of water with styrofoam floating on top of it. The styrofoam has holes in it the size of bottlecaps with seedlings in each hole held in place by small sponges. If you put a nutrient solution in the water, good roots form, and this is a way to start up delicate seedlings before you plant them in a permanent location.
This is part of my experiment with suspended containers. Without official work to do yet, I am just tinkering. I’m starting with mint because it’s small, easy, and people like to use it for tea. I want to plant the mint in used tomato cans & tie twine to them so that they can hang. Containers of plants suspended off of the ground would solve the problem of free-ranging animals eating them. If I can introduce this idea to women’s groups, they can make these with any type of plant and any size of container and sell them. I have no idea if it will catch on. It may be too labor-intensive and completely fall flat. But it’s fun to experiment.