Growing veggies in Qatar summers

Can a country with a hot climate and limited water sources achieve food self-sufficiency all year round? Absolutely! And it all begins with the determination of one person or one family.

Let’s take inspiration from the story of Jeacim Francis Adaya, a Filipino expat who has transformed his yard and garage into a vibrant garden. From an array of lettuce varieties to snow cabbage, he grows a cornucopia of vegetables outdoors from November to April.

And his passion for gardening doesn’t end there. When summer comes, he takes his green thumb indoors, turning part of his living room into an oasis of nourishing plants through the wonders of basic indoor hydroponics.

“Alongside my accounting career, I have nurtured a deep passion for gardening, especially in the area of growing vegetables. In 2020, I remember as the pandemic hit and families around the world were seeking ways to stay occupied, I stumbled upon a captivating video on YouTube about hydroponics. I got inspired by it, and I saw an opportunity for my family to be engaged in a productive activity together. And that’s how my journey into hydroponics began,” Adaya told The Peninsula.


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