We’ve had a number of projects going lately and I wanted to share the results of some of this work. Here goes in a quick photo album.
New raised beds and wine barrel planters
Gardeners must be among the most optimistic of people. This weekend, with the help of my brother, father, and nephew, we spent a good amount of time preparing beds that will be planted this spring. This involved the construction of the beds, moving heavy wine barrels, and filling these with combinations of soil, goat and chicken manure, and fall leaves. Out of all of these, the one that requires the most patience and optimism is the asparagus bed. We put in a lot of work into this bed this fall, will plant it in the spring, but will then have to wait about three years before we can really start harvesting crops.
So I was thinking about the wine barrels and how to cover them in the spring and fall to extend the season. I’ve seen cloches and other items on gardening sites, but they tend to be pretty expensive. Then I thought about umbrellas. I found some inexpensive ($6) bell umbrellas and they fit right over the barrels. I’ll give this a try and see how it works.
Phase one of major infrastructure improvements
We’ve written that we need to replace our roof prior to making any investments in solar. Well, we can check this one off our list. As of today, our new metal roof has been completely installed. It looks great, will be low maintenance, and will serve as a great foundation for future solar installations.