Emmett Green

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Name: Emmett
Surname: Green
Location: George, Western Cape
Entry Date: Jun 2, 2021
Category: Innovation
Project: Other

About the Project:

Two days before we heard from our president that we would all go into a three-week lockdown I decided we should grow vegetables. My nephew, from Johannesburg, was conveniently visiting me and suggested we build a geodome. I had no idea what was involved but it seemed like an interesting project so we decided to…

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Two days before we heard from our president that we would all go into a three-week lockdown I decided we should grow vegetables. My nephew, from Johannesburg, was conveniently visiting me and suggested we build a geodome. I had no idea what was involved but it seemed like an interesting project so we decided to make it happen.
It turned out to be a great suggestion as we subsequently found out that we were going to be on a forced lockdown – and this would make the perfect distraction. We managed to buy the materials that we would need, planks of wood, plastic sheeting, compost and seeds. There were a few items we couldn’t get but nothing to stop us from proceeding. We cut each piece of wood from six-metre long treated pine planks.
Building the geodome has been like doing a giant puzzle with lots of physical and mental challenges. We totally underestimated the amount of compost we would use: we bought fifteen bags but needed closer to sixty! So we ended up moving 1.2 tonnes of soil from my garden compost heap.
The dome has a diameter of 4.2m and including the small pony wall we built at the bottom, it has a ceiling height of 2.35m.
The idea of growing your own vegetables is very romantic. We all dream of being self-sufficient but growing things in your garden comes with many challenges. Firstly, birds eat the fruit so tomatoes and strawberries don’t last, bugs seem to love eating most of the things you plant and the weather plays a massive role from frost to hail.
The geodome makes for a perfect environment. We can control the temperature, keep out the birds, and diffuse the light which makes everything grow beautifully. It does need watering though.
We planted marigolds at the entrance to act as a natural pesticide. We are growing corn, beans and gem squash in the middle and a selection of various vegetables around the sides.
We are staggering the planting by a couple of weeks to make sure everything doesn’t mature at the same time.
So far we have planted the following: tomatoes, rocket, mustard leaf, baby leaf lettuce, onions, beetroot, carrots, butternut squash, spinach, three types of chilli peppers, bell peppers and basil. Every seed we planted has germinated and we had our first baby plants in 4 days.
If you feel inspired to grow vegetables, just do it! It’s an incredibly rewarding process and given what has happened, being more self-sufficient is a good way for all of us to go.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
wood (6m planks and decking wood)
5368
PVC pipe
200
Screws
300
Greenhouse Plastic Sheeting
950
Stones
400
River Sand
400
Compost Bags
800
Automatic window openers
1500
Solar extractor fan
1200
Irrigation timer
900
Indoor / Outdoor temperature sensor
185
irrigation sprayer
162
pipe
220
Seeds
150
12735

Contractors:

Emmett Green
0
Tristan Green
0
0
Grand Total
R12735