Almost Ready


DSC_0604A view of the new nursery greenhouse from the street.

DSC_0607The steep pitch sheds the snow pretty well. We still need a warm, calm day to install the second layer of plastic.

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A great deal has been accomplished in the past few weeks. Tables have been built…

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And topped with wire for good drainage.

DSC_0683Shelby/Vanna, shows off the tables that are all done. Moisture-proof wiring and lights have all been installed. Black painted barrels are ready to be filled with water, once the compost is in place behind the north wall. The barrels will absorb heat from the sun during the day, and then give it off slowly during the night.

DSC_0685This is the blower with a thermostat for circulation of air from inside the greenhouse, through the compost behind the wall and back inside. About half of the compost is on site here, being mixed and readied.

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Meanwhile, there are several roofs to be fixed. The shed roof was in horrible condition, leaking badly and nearly ready to collapse.  Once this project is done, we will have a pitched dormer over a new loading dock accessing the back door of the cooler. They are also building some dry storage for boxes of tomatoes, onions, and other things that don’t go into the cooler, but which need a cool dry place away from the sun. The next roof on the list is the one over the chicken coop.

As part of the long range plan, we will move the chickens out of the barn completely and use their space for something else. Arks, or moveable chicken tractors will be built so the chickens can be moved about to forage and fertilize, and then parked next to the barn where they’ll be easily accessed during the winter months.DSC_0681

New timbers and framing were needed to keep the roof from falling in! This project happened just in time before the foot+ of snow we are getting today, and the potential for even more big snow forecast for Sunday!

 

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5 Comments

Filed under Compost, Farm Hack, Four Season Gardening, Greenhouse, Spring, Sustainability

5 responses to “Almost Ready

  1. wow you have been incredibly busy.. such a lot of work, what i would do for your helpers, wonderful. this spring you are going to be so ahead of yourself! love c

  2. We would never be this far without the tremendous drive and talents of our son Michael. He’s a new daddy who planned for this time off to be with his new son, support his wife, and also, to get a few projects accomplished on the farm. It has been/is a lovely time.

  3. Marcia Farina

    Wow, I’m impressed, as always!!!

  4. As always, it is an inspiration to see all the hard work of the family come together. Have a wonder productive year.

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