Pyramids & their effects on plants - page 3
Having made it this far on this website everyone should have realised that pyramids are more than just some backyard decoration near the Nile river, and the probability that they were meant to be tombs is as high, as the probability of raspberry-jelly raining down for three days in a row.
However, we will concentrate on how to use pyramidal structures in farming. The pyramidal effects to seeds and plants have been proven for many decades in countless experiments. If you're not willing to believe that, you're welcome to do the same thing I do: make your own experiments.
4 solutions have come out to be the easiest and most workable: the copper-tube-pyramid, the copper-wire-pyramid, the nylon-copper-string-pyramid and the Plasterite-pyramid. All four of them are simple and inexpensive ways of using the benefitial effects pyramids have on plants.
Just a few more words to the effects pyramids have on seeds and plants.
Seeds being stored in a pyramid for some time, from hours up to several years, pullulate quicker, the sprout shoots faster and usually grows comparably higher, and the plants are more resistant to vermin and diseases of all kinds. Therefore it makes sense to take advantage of these effects, especially since it's totally insignificant if you use a beautiful crested copper sheet pyramid or simply crosscut a couple of meters from a pasture fence.
You don't need a massive or sealed structure, to adapt the shape will perfectly do, which of course makes the whole thing a lot easier. You can work with wires, strings, tubes and laths, which makes it very inexpensive even if you plan to build something in the size of 2-3 meters.
The construction is very simple. To obtain the 51° angle of slope like used on the Great Pyramid in Giza all you need to do is multiply the base-length with 0.952. Example:
The base is planned to be 2.5 x 2.5 meters made out of copper-tubes from a DIY warehouse. To obtain the exact length of the tubes that connect at the tip you multiply 2.5 x 0.952 = 2.38 meters.
To calculate the height of the pyramid is just as simple, by multiplying the base-length 2.5 times 0.636 = 1.59 meters. There you go.
To make things a little easier we decided to set up a little spreadsheet for you, so you get an idea of the proportions when planning to build a pyramid.
("Basis" = base length,
"Kantenlänge" = edge length from base to tip,
"Höhe" = height from centre to tip)
As you can see on the spreadsheet it's fairly simple to calculate the height. Take the base length multiplied with 0.636 and you obtain the height of the pyramid you plan to build.
Especially when building a pasture fence pyramid this turns out to be rather helpful since you might want to use a tree, or the branch of a tree as a fixation for the tip of the pyramid.