Building a “media sombra” for the poor, overheated vegetables

The Plan

Now vegetables like sun, some even like a lot of sun. But then there’s Paraguayan sun. Most vegetables (and what else we grow in that field) don’t really get too warm with the Paraguayan sun, causing them to get a sunburn or stop growing.
Our goal: Protecting our plants with a self built shade.

We had no idea of this when removed the tarmac and planted our first salad and pineapple. Thus we found out the hard way. Yeah, I’m serious here. It’s heartbreaking to hear your veggies moan for sun lotion everyday. Pretty expensive (they use a lot!). And counterproductive. You see, I’m online playing a Rocket League Soccer match, it’s 7:7, 30 seconds on the clock, and then you hear moaning from outside. Not lust, pain. Think of a nice torture movie and you get the picture).

We got the idea to build a “media sombra”, or half-shade, from the ICRC. To explain, tt’s basically a colored net you place a couple of meters over the plants like a roof. Only this roof lets through half of the light. Half the light here is more sunlight than Europe has in a year 🙁 )

Raw Materials

We bought black net and ordered some tree trunks. Tree trunks, destined to become the media-sombra-scaffold.

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Diary of a nerd evolving into a gardener

The time of my coming out has come! I was a nerd!

I always found the idea of 20 people (plus 2 goalies) chasing a ball pretty amusing considering the fact that footballs aren’t that expensive. I just bought my own ball, was happy with it and ignored the people fighting over their one ball as if it were made of pure gold.

So I had my own ball and alot of time.

Because all other kids were busy chasing balls I was also alone, which meant I had alot of time for computer games, which basically makes me a nerd.

There, I said it.

Now that that is out of the way I can start on what this posting is about. It’s not about the nerd in me I want to write, it’s rather about the nerd trying to “unnerd” himself.

For the last 20 years my work involved programming, cleaning databases and other stuff nerds usually do. In Germany I always lived in apartments and never had a garden. I had a ball and a computer, I didn’t need a garden.

Fast forward two years and here I am in Paraguay with land and grass to plant things. We even built ourselves a vegetable garden. The first time I started to plant vegetables in it was a disaster; the veggies died a slow, dry death in which I played a major role. I learnt that being a gardener is not just drinking beer an watching the garden. I also learnt (once again) that it takes time to change ones habits and adapt new ones (like watering the veggies).

In order to please the nerd-in-me I decided to start this diary. Hopefully one day I will evolve into a successfull gardener and eat my own vegetables, but that day is still far away. In this diary I will collect my experiences (and failures) so that future generations will learn from my failings:-)

For this first entry I uploaded pictures of how we built our vegetable garden. This is our Growstation Uno. Uno as in one because soon we will build a second one. Click on the picture below to enter the gallery.

Plants in our garden

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