The greenhouse is really coming together! I got a few more shelves, and put down some mesh covering. This will help wick away water, and keep mud and weeds at bay
I had lots of stone left over from ripping out landscaping in the back, and I was able to build a little path to the street and line it with fencing. Hopefully this will deter people from walking over the beds. I just got some lily bulbs planted, and they should make for some beautiful edible flowers in the spring and throughout the summer
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
I was able to get a good look at what the garden will be like once the raised beds are in. All of the beds were measured and marked, then outlined with twine
Some of my first seeding projects took place as well. I soaked my fava seeds before I seeded them, to increase the rate of germination.
I discovered that my old toques from culinary school make the perfect lining for my seeding trays! They are lightweight and breathable, and will let moisture pass through without falling apart. An education from the Culinary Institute of America, the gift that keeps on giving 😉
I was also able to get my chalkboard wall with my 2013 garden calendar up! Next step is to find someone who can bedazzle the wall with cool chalk art…currently accepting submissions from muralists :p
The last two days saw some big changes in the front yard of the garden site. I removed all of the existing plants and grated down the hills of dirt.
Before & after
I have to say, I was not able to accomplish this big task alone. The owner of the home had a friend and his daughter visiting from Virginia on vacation. They saw what I was doing and offered to help. They were amazing! SUCH a big help. Mark busted out the chainsaw and, with the help of Julio (another garden helper), they were able to get this giant stump out. And Camille was a pro with the rake!
It is humbling that complete strangers were willing to put in a few hours of hard labor for nothing in return. I think I would still be out there trying to figure out how to get that stump up.
Now that everything is level I can start staking off the borders for the raised bed locations and take measurements for lumber.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
I was able to get the irrigation lined up and the greenhouse erected today. It kinda feels like a new friend came to the party. So many fun projects will take place in here!
I found this “pop-up” greenhouse online. It was a good size for the space I have to use and not too pricey
My only fear was that it would be like trying to put Ikea furniture together; by the end of it you’re fighting with your partner, 3 screws are mysteriously leftover, and you now have a thing against Swedish people (but that doesn’t last long because then you realize where would you be without those delicious gummy fish [the red ones]).
In the end, it came together relatively easyish-kinda. But it’s definitely a job for more than 1 person. The box said set-up takes about 30 min-1hr, we were on the latter side of that. If you could set this thing up in 30 min, then you my friend are a master Cub Scout…or a structural engineer.
The next step is to get shelving set up and the drip system in. And then the fun really begins =}
I was also able to get some agretti starters planted. I re-purposed this hanging shoe organizer to grow the agretti vertically on the outside of this door
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”