Monday, May 22, 2017

Progress on Shed

Finally, another day of work happened. It got really hot, but at least it wasn't raining, for a nice change. Today they starting framing the door and windows and the roof.
Installing the brackets. I actually bought these on sale last fall from VanDyke's Restorers. They are called Restorers Rustic Merced Arts & Crafts Outlooker Bracket. They match our house pretty well, though I don't like the groove they cut into them (I didn't notice it in the picture at the website when I ordered them).
 Here's where they left off for the day.
We're hopeful the weather will hold and they'll get the roof on this week.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Breck's Order

We finally received the Breck's order from March. Even though it came about a month later than I had expected, the bareroot plants we received actually looked healthy and appeared to be viable. Jeff planted them yesterday and once they start growing I'll post photos. I only received the flowers; the bulbs will arrive in fall.

There is still absolutely no signs of life in the dead plants we got from Wholesale Plant Nursery. It's time to dispute the charge.

Our rain has continued practically non-stop since we started the garden shed/chicken coop. We're hoping next week brings better weather and we can make more progress on the framing.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vegetable Garden

Over the weekend Jeff went off to the Master Gardener's Incredible Edibles sale and bought a few plants. We're doing a much smaller garden this year because we tended to be pretty unreliable about caring for them in earlier years. The chard and kale will also survive over the winter.

Jeff got them in the ground, but he didn't redig the whole garden so there are still a few herbs leftover from earlier years. It's kind of hard to see the new plants.
As usual, I'm just going to cut and paste the list into the post so I have a record (for next year):
Rainbow Chard, Kale, Lettuce (Merlot and Red Sails), Slicing Tomatoes (Early Girl, Black Zebra, Indigo Rose and Purple Bumblebe) and Basil.

We also picked up a squash plant for the backyard to help shade the dirt to help prevent weeds.

I also ordered a number of seeds for the front planting strip. I learned from my earlier lessons not to buy plants, but I have not been totally cured of online shopping. But now I start with the lists of 30 good companies at Dave's Garden and only shop at those. At least seeds are much cheaper if it doesn't go well.

I'm not sure if I should post the list of seeds as I receive them, or as I plant them. :)

We'll probably do the major planting in fall when we receive all the bulbs. Jeff is considering double digging and amending the soil before we plant everything.