Thursday, April 02, 2009

Spring is here

And after gardening, thoughts often turn to greenhousing. Everyone wants one, but not all of us can afford one. (Well, some of us have space issues as well, but there you go...). Well, as a lovely recycling alternative, Richard Bennett of Scottish sustainable development charity REAP, has designed and helps schools build these greenhouses.

They are constructed of dimensional lumber, garden stakes, and re-used plastic drinks bottles. For something so cheap and designed to be built by schoolchildren, they work surprisingly well. I suspect that they last better than plastic film as well, as drinks bottles are heavier and seem to be made of a UV-stabilized plastic. The REAP website has the PDF of how to build these sheds. Got a local middle school that needs a project? 

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1 comment:

  1. That is ingenious! I'm officially collecting pop bottles!