Historical gardens · Horticulture · Sustainability

Water history in gardens – Qanats

The origin of word "qanat" comes from a Semitic word meaning "to dig". In ancient times, still a few thousand years ago, Persian started to build underground constructions of channels which allowed to transport water for long distances. These constructions consisted of underground channels sloped gently down from mountains regions, from where the water was… Continue reading Water history in gardens – Qanats

Historical gardens · Horticulture

Water history in gardens – ancient times

The history of gardens is in a way a history of water arrangements. Only when a man posed the ability to control the level of water supply, was also able to cultivate plants in various conditions. Ancient Egypt The first ancient gardens existed already in Ancient Egypt. The whole agriculture of ancient Egypt depended on… Continue reading Water history in gardens – ancient times

Historical gardens · Horticulture · Sustainability

Water control systems in ancient times

Who has the access to the water, has the power. Already people in ancient time were aware of that fact and therefore they put a lot of efforts in water control management. It included the storage and the transportation of water resources. Let’s look at some most famous constructions and devices used for these purposes… Continue reading Water control systems in ancient times

Horticulture · Sustainability

Energy crops 2

There are a lot of publications recently about energy corps. In my last post I presented briefly what energy crops are. Now, let’s see at some indicators and what should be taken into account, before making a decision to switch to such type of resources. They are so called renewable resources in the contrast to… Continue reading Energy crops 2

Historical gardens · Horticulture

Longest cultivated plants

The first gardens, of which we know at present, existed in ancient Egypt.  In the tomb of Tutankhamen (reigned in 14th century BC) floral wreath were found, consisted among other of olive and willow leaves, lotos, cornflowers and wild celery. The most typical and well-known species, cultivated by human being since those ancient times are:… Continue reading Longest cultivated plants