10. Failure is NOT an option
A new begging for our roofs!
After gathering information and talking with professionals about which plants we should use for our gardens, we needed to actually test if our project would work with the plants we decided to use. Once we got all that soil on the roof we decided to star planting before our Christmas vacations would start.
Since we could not go every day to water our plants (school would be closed during winter vacations) we installed a home made irrigation system made of plastic soda bottles that release water as soils dries. We had used this system before when we were in middle school and created tomatoes gardens. That time it worked great so we expected it would do so again. You can take a look at that project on ThinkQuest.
Our plastic soda bottles irrigation system
Here you can see how the irrigation system works. Take a look as the air bubbles. This indicate that water is flowing into the soil.
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Part of our irrigation system
|Part of our green effort included re using plastic soda bottles to water our plants.||Water flows into soil as it dries keeping it moist.|
Our little Christmas Wish :-) Grow little ones, grow!!!
|Planting them before going to Christmas vacations.||Here is our Pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi)wooden pallet garden. It looks so cute!||What we got at the end of the day.|
And then things didn't turned as expected :-(
After setting our irrigation system and hoping for the best we returned to school after a month. Sadly we discovered that almost all the plants dried. The high temperatures on the roofs drained our irrigation system to fast and without anyone to fill the bottles again must of our plants dried out and died. A few of them did survived, but now we found ourselves again on a crossroad.
The first time we did drastic changes to our project was when we found out we needed to do Rooftop Gardens instead of Green Roofs. Now, we needed to once again to sit down and re organize our plan of action and look for new options and alternatives. And so we did because:
For The Green Guards: FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!