For just $15 per month, Lam rents out toolbox-sized planter boxes to businessmen, elderly couples and families alike, and even runs horticulture classes. He uses imported soil from Germany to fill his planters and lets the humid, subtropical climate do the rest.
I can't tell if these planters are sub-irrigated but the plants look like it. The garden is obviously healthy, lush and suggestive of sub-irrigation. In any case, Mr. Lam obviously knows how to grow and evidently has a head for business as well.
I spent 10 days in Hong Kong back in 1986 and did not want to leave. I called it New York east...way east and would go back there in a heartbeat. It is a beautiful city with great energy. Once I get new knees, I may go there next year and do some consulting. That would be a lot of fun.
The ideological obstructionism that permeates the NYC urban horticulture scene is intellectually stifling. Neo-Luddism is alive and well here. It is reactionary energy that this country does not need. We obviously need to be exploring new and creative ideas to solve 21st century problems.
Hong Kong (CNN) -- On the roof of a 21-story office building in Hong Kong's eastern district sits a grassy patch of hope that agriculture can thrive even in one of the world's most congested spaces.
The rooftop is managed by local entrepreneur Osbert Lam, who spends his afternoons amid the rows of planter boxes teaming with long beans, tomatoes and herbs that occupy his urban farm.