It really isn’t easy being green (or building a greenhouse!). As our class gets closer to completing the greenhouse, we are planning more for what will actually go inside (maybe counters made with recycled wood?) and we’re beginning to see its future as a place where people can have plants growing all year. This will help not only our school, but the environment. Growing our own plants is important not only because it’s empowering and rewarding, but because it’s the first step to self-sustainability and green living. And in today’s world, it’s often hard to remember how important these little actions are in the long process of helping our planet. It’s also not easy to do something or believe in something that not a lot of other people are doing/believing in.
But of course, we’ve been trying really hard, and a mostly-there greenhouse is a good reminder of that! Today unfortunately we had less class time to work on the greenhouse, so we weren’t able to put up any more rafters. Instead, we worked in groups cutting old wood for making counters or cutting plastic sheets for roofing, as Mikayla discussed.
The antique wood was sourced from these old, sort of abandoned raised beds. A while back, some of us had to deconstruct the wooden structures, and it was a bit dicey. For one thing, the wood is slightly rotted and covered with dirt, and then there are weirdly placed rusty nails everywhere that have to be dealt with, as well as possible termite damage. So hopefully the wood-cutting girls today had an okay time cutting that same wood with the miter saw. They had to brave cutting through a screw with the saw because it was so lodged in to the board, and also the wood let off a kind of funky smell after being cut. We’ll see how that turns out…with luck these boards will become repurposed countertops for workspace inside the greenhouse. If not, then at least they aren’t sitting outside anymore!
The rest of us worked on cutting plastic sheets. They’re advertised as being “virtually unbreakable” and as someone who unsuccessfully tried cutting a sheet, I can say that’s true. The most fun part of making the roof panel was snapping lines (I don’t actually know what the tool is called). There is nothing better than being able to make a perfectly straight line by just popping a taut string.
The cutting was another story. Classmate Mariel said, “You have to be angry to cut these.” It’s true. Cutting through multiple plasticky grooves requires super strength…or rage, I suppose. Despite Mariel’s impressive efforts, only three panels got cut in half for the roofing. Hopefully next class we’ll be able to take a break from the roof and focus on finishing the rafters!
And, as this is my last blog post, I would like to thank you for following our greenhouse story. We appreciate it!