Lettuce and new hothouse
This new hothouse covers 2 hectares of hydroponically grown bell peppers. All together we have 8.5ha of hothouses. The hydroponic system excludes insecticides. Instead, we have been successfully using certain non-propagating insects from the Netherlands that eat our South African insects. So, the “carnivores” eat the “vegetarians”!
The “wetwall” photo is a system which naturally cools down the house by running water down a special cardboard. Air gets sucked through the board, which then cools down the hothouse temperature.
The lettuce project is only 2 months old and is becoming very successful. The pepper growing bags, which had previously been discarded, now get used to grow the lettuce in.
Last week, Ms Lydia Dube, one of the founding co-workers, planted the first bell pepper plant in the new hothouse.