Bye Bye Bale Garage

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.

Garden ready for planting

Garden ready for planting

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!

Tarp and doors removed from Bale Garage

Tarp and doors removed from Bale Garage

For some reason the dogs just love the bale tarp to wrestle on.

Hanna and Kensi wrestling on the bale tarp

Hanna and Kensi wrestling on the bale tarp

And the bale walls were perfect for climbing on.

Hanna and Kensi playing King of the mountain

Hanna and Kensi playing King of the mountain

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!

Sheryl and Ken - worker bees

Sheryl and Ken – worker bees

Bales stacked on east side of garden

Bales stacked on east side of garden

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.

Bye Bye Bale Garage

Bye Bye Bale Garage

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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