Waste-Based Vertical Planting System Proposal to Increase Productivity in Sustainable Horticulture; “PETREE”

The problems experienced with the decrease in agricultural areas per capita against the uncontrolled population growth in the World and in Turkey are becoming increasingly evident. Especially the manpower engaged in horticulture is increasingly experiencing the problems of migration, economic reasons, and inefficient production methods. For healthy and efficient production, agricultural lands need a sequential cycle that includes cultivation and fallow periods. Agricultural lands, the salt they contain, etc. When left fallow, the soil area needs to rest to re-establish the mineral balance. It is now vital for small producers, whose production areas are gradually shrinking due to global conditions, to continue production while their lands are resting to produce more continuously and efficiently. In the face of increasing demands, decreasing production amounts and areas, the constantly increasing prices of economically simple agricultural products “fresh vegetables” and affecting the easy accessibility of local products, it has become inevitable to seek new and alternative solutions. This study includes an innovative solution proposal to increase the production efficiency of low-scale producers and individual gardeners, especially those producing in small agricultural areas. Critical problems of large-scale greenhouse systems, interactions of agricultural practices within the framework of urban life, water and energy efficiency in agriculture, and sustainability and waste management of the proposed system are examined. To meet changing conditions and maintain productivity in small areas, it is envisaged that mobile and vertical production stations, which can produce by increasing productivity even in fallow areas while the soil is resting, can be an alternative solution to the problems of small producers. The vertical planting system “PETREE” develops mobile units for sustainable agriculture by collecting 5th LT-PET packages, which have a natural lifespan of about 90 years, and reusing them as plant pots and some recycled plastic pieces as structures. With efficient and environmentally friendly design suggestions, the system also examined the possibilities of more efficient gardening with mobile production stations in small agricultural areas, and efficient and enjoyable gardening that suits the needs of urban consumers “production with local seeds and seedlings” with the increase in environmental awareness and food safety concerns.
Sustainability (Switzerland)
Citation Formats
H. Gürsu, “Waste-Based Vertical Planting System Proposal to Increase Productivity in Sustainable Horticulture; “PETREE”,” Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 0–0, 2024, Accessed: 00, 2024. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/109748.