Sink and Wall your Garden in Arid Zones

Wed, 13/01/2010 – Jude Fanton

A successful strategy to reduce evaporation, to protect plants from both drying hot and cold winds and to conserve water is the sunken walled garden. Here we see a grandiose garden in a massive fort complex and a modest urban vegetable garden, in the arid zone of western Rajasthan, India, both sunken below the nearby ground level and both with high walls.

IMAGES: Two views of the ancient Chukalao Bargh Garden with fruit trees, bananas and flowers, Mehengarch Fort, Jodhpur

IMAGE: Sunken vegetable garden of Jaswant Bhagwan Hotel in the desert town of Bikaner, north west Rajasthan