May 19, 2014
Insulating work continues on the house, but with a couple of days of nice weather, Ken decided to divert his attention to the yard.
The garden is ready for planting. It’s not planted yet, as I thought it was still too early and the weather has been so cold. However, in hindsight, given the good soaking Mother Nature gave it this week and the nice forecast; I wish we had planted it. I did put in one row of wheat for wheat grass juice.
After five years of faithful service, we have finally retired the bale garage. It was made of approximately 125 flax straw bales stacked two deep on a shale base. The roof was of 2×4 construction with particle board on top. The whole thing was covered by a bale tarp held in place by various cinder blocks and rocks around the base. Two sheets of plywood formed the doors, hung on 2×8’s cemented into the ground. Not exactly a thing of beauty but it was warm and functional. Best of all, it’s totally recyclable. Now that we don’t need it anymore, the bales will be used for mulching, the tarp repurposed as a weed barrier under paths, the cemented wood supports for the doors will be remade into a trellis (maybe a future grape arbor) and the wood from the roof reused in various building projects. No waste. Nice!
For some reason the dogs just love the bale tarp to wrestle on.
And the bale walls were perfect for climbing on.
The broken bales were used to mulch the Sea Buckthorn bushes I planted this weekend, as well as the raspberry patch. The remaining bales were stacked on the east side of the garden for future use (and in the meantime controlling the weeds).
It’s wonderful to have a sister who loves manual labor. When she found out we were tearing down the bale garage she volunteered to help out. No arguments from me! In no time Ken and Sheryl had all the bales moved using our little garden wagon. Who needs a gym workout!
The storage shed beside the garage still needs to be moved but once that is done, we can work up the area and plant it. Since this area ended up in the middle of our lane turnaround, it will be nice to have it landscaped.