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Greenhouse - with a difference
The children at Sawyers Bay School came up with a clever solution for our growing problem. When we plant vegetables, they are usually ready to be harvested over the summer holidays, so we needed to find a way to bring them on a bit sooner. A greenhouse was a perfect solution, but expensive. We came across a design for a plastic bottle greenhouse and decided that this would not only solve our problem but also provide a use for 1500 plastic bottles that may otherwise end up in landfill. The children planned the design of our own bottle house, helped to build the timber frames and set the posts, and then put a huge effort into preparing the bottles ready to clad the frames.
We finished the project just before the Christmas holidays so we haven't had a chance to try it out yet with planting. The children are currently busy preparing it now for spring by preparing the soli with our own compost. We can't wait to see results this year!