Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stick a fork in me....

I'm Done!

I'm a tired but happy camper.  The day has been glorious and I've been busy outside all day.  Many, many things have been accomplished!  We worked in teams.  I16 and I were a pair.  Between 4 loads of laundry and dishes we planted potatoes and onions, cleaned out the chicken coop, pulled last year's vines from the pergola and worked on our new raised beds by the barn.  I'm going the cheater method with these.

We got two inexpensive window well casings ( I think they were less than $10 each) that are 3 feet wide, 12 inches tall and about 16 inches at the widest part.  They have been placed by the barn foundation ( I still need to secure them better) and partially filled with dirt.  We hung a section of a livestock panel on the side of the barn and once the wells are filled I'll plant my peas and let them vine up the west side of the barn.  I'm really hoping that I can manage to keep the rabbits out of them this way.  I've never had luck with peas out here because of the #%*^ rabbits.  This may not be the most elegant solution but it works for me- at lest I hope it works.

V and K14 were our other team.  They worked to remove two trees that have blown over this winter. One was lying right on top of the raspberry patch on the hill so I definitely wanted that one gone.  The other just fell last weekend and was at the bottom of the hill below the garden.  V was quite crafty and used the chainsaw to carve the last 8 feet of trunk into a bench.  I haven't made it down there yet with the camera.
They also moved a stack of old wooden fence posts so they could get to the fence panels underneath (so they could put up the section for my raised beds).

All in all a good day.  Now I'm tired and sore.  My back has done more today than it has in a while.

And I finally have homesteady things to post about here.  Hurrah!!


  1. Yay! I'm trying to decide if I have enough energy to do any more with what's left of the day...doubtful. You've done great.

  2. Oh, you make me sooo eager to be able to get outside and do garden-y things! But (sigh), still too much snow here that has to melt first. We had heavy snow this morning, then icy stuff falling from the sky and then rain. Too cool (just over 35°) for much melting. Maybe this coming week we'll get some warm weather. I love that tired feeling that comes from working hard out in the fresh air.

  3. Oooo, I've been begging my husband to make me a log bench or chair with the chainsaw!
    Looks like you had a very productive and exhausting time, but it sure feels good :)

  4. That's a great solution for peas, I love it. Can't wait to see the bench :)

  5. That's a good idea using the window wells, nice with a round space!

  6. Love those planters! What a great idea - can't wait to see them in action (and to see that bench!)


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