Manga Micro-Farm Makes for Great Geeky Gardening

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Image credit Koshi Kawachi

What can you do with a stack of manga or comics that is destined for the recycling bin? Why, use them as a gardening medium, of course! At least, that's what one artist has done in an installation at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya, Japan. By piling up a stack, rubber banding it together, soaking it, and sprinkling it with seeds, the artist explores a colorful and decorative way to raise a salad.

manga garden photo

Pink Tentacle shows us the work of Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi, who demoed "Manga Farming." It's simply the use of old manga as a growing medium for veggies. Here, a crop of radish sprouts grow as happily as anything you'd see atop a Chia pet.

manga garden photo

While this is an art display, it does make you wonder what you might be able to do with the stack of comics under your bed, or the phone books you haven't cracked open in the last five years.

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