Thanks to the help of some creative Evoke agents
, I finished my recycled hose experimental garden dome/trellis tonight.
It's, well... a lot smaller than I was hoping. It's less than 2 feet tall. And not very strong. So it's not going to be much support for the zucchini or cuc**bers, but it will help protect the seedlings while they are growing. And I can use it as a tomato cage for five tomato plants (one in each top triangle), which might be a good plan for this adorable geodesic creature.
The area that the little community garden I'm going to be helping out in has a lot of people wandering around it with lots of odd art/geek junk (broken bikes seem to grow on trees there!). So any kind of structure around the plants will help, no matter what I end up using it for.
Now that I've made this little one, I'm definitely excited to make a larger geodesic dome. They are fun to make. And are very useful for all sorts of purposes. I can totally imagine a large one in a garden, with cukes and zucchini and squash growing all around the outside, with the inside being a cool, green hideaway in the heat of the summer, maybe with some moss and mushrooms and ferns growing inside in the shade.
Anyone else ever build geodesic domes? What did you use them for?
(I used Agent Daniel Laliberte's idea of joining the hose segments with cut strips of the hose, usually folded lengthwise, to provide pressure and friction. It was a bit difficult to jam the strips in, but sometimes I like a bit of a challenge, to use my pent up aggression. :-)