UAE-based smart and green facilities management company Farnek said it has signed a contract with Dutch green-tech projects specialist developer Urban Ponics to design and help create a 240-sq-m rooftop vertical garden at Farnek Village, its brand new staff accommodation centre in Dubai South.
Dominating the rooftop garden will be a 200-sq-m ‘shade house’, a structure which provides a mix of shade and light to create suitable conditions for shade-loving plants, said the statement from Farnek.
Urban Ponics will transport this in parts from Holland to Dubai and together with Farnek’s in-house engineering team, assemble the metal tube framework for the 3-m-high structure onsite.
It will come complete with shade netting, grow pods, lava buckets, misters, pumps, water tanks, irrigation and drainage pipes, it stated.
The garden, which will be complete in mid-January 2021, will be used to produce over 3,000 leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, and spinach, as well as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, capsicums and chillis.
The first harvest should be ready in around six weeks from seeding and will be used in Farnek’s own kitchens and promises to be cleaner, tastier and more nutritious, than ordinary salad plants.
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