Work on the greenhouse continues! Rob and Patsy worked for several hours yesterday, and whenever they needed an extra hand, Ja’Ana or I ran out and helped. He is still not done. This has turned out to be quite a project! I’m SO excited to see it coming along so well.
Late in the day yesterday, Rob got it to the point where he wanted to put a plastic roof on. He was not satisfied with the plastic he had because he felt it was too thin. Also, the wind really kicked up and a rainstorm was coming in, so he cleaned up and stopped for the day. Today, he is getting thicker plastic and will tackle that roof again this evening.
He is taking this opportunity to show Patsy how to build with tools. She has been really enjoying her woodworking class at school this term, and is sorry it’s almost over. So, he hopes to continue teaching her more skills in that area, since she is showing an interest. He was talking about maybe moving on to some planter boxes or flower pots next with her. Building things is a very rewarding hobby for him, and has saved us many, many dollars over the years.
In the meanwhile, the seeds have started to arrive. 2 out of the 3 orders I placed have arrived! You may notice the “Mater Magic” fertilizer in the middle. Who could resist something that promised that it would grow great tomatoes, take care of blossom end rot, and was organic to boot, all in a tomato-shaped container? Certainly not me:). So, I will try it this year and see how it does. I’m also trying those biodegradable, stretchable twist ties for the first time. I’m going to see how they do.
Rob and I both went scrap wood gathering this week. There are a few places in town that put out tote bins full of scraps. They are free, but it’s very rare to find them full of good-sized chunks, since people usually empty them as fast as they are filled. So, we generally just check the boxes if we are passing by anyway to see if they are full. Earlier in the week, he hit the jackpot at one of the places and got firewood scraps, and even a bit of scrap lumber he can use to make part of the plant table inside the greenhouse. I put a bin in the back of my car “just in case” since he had such good luck. When I went by, taking J to her house-cleaning job, I got a few scraps from the place he had such luck at. But, when I went over to the other place about 2 block away–WOW! So, I filled the bin the rest of the way up, filled up a shopping bag and a basket I had in there and piled extra wood around. I took it home, unloaded it, got Patsy since she had come home from school, and went back and we did it again!
In the tote, Patsy found a broken dowel, like you would put in a closet to hang clothes on, and grabbed it for plant stakes. It was split down the middle, so it will hold up 2 plants. I found some pieces that will be perfect for garden row-marker stakes. I don’t care if they are different lengths. Neither will the green beans:)
And, in the end, I got over 6 boxes of wood chunks. Rob got an old garbage can full, several buckets full, and I think a couple of boxes besides. He also got some larger pieces he will cut up a little more and then we can burn it. These are great to use when starting fires and we’ve been burning through what we got before:), so it was nice to find some more.
I decided to get out my yogurt cooker, some starter that had been in the fridge for a long time, and some powdered milk and try yogurt-making. No one wants plain yogurt to just eat, but Patsy is loving smoothies right now, so that’s what I’ll do with it when it’s finished.
Is your week going well?