The shop is slowly but surely coming along! We have lost a couple of weekends due to rain and it's supposed to rain this weekend, but it'll get done. We sheeted the roof and now we just have to roof it, put the windows in and all the trim around windows, doors, sides, etc. Easy! Can't wait. We're having a young guy do the sheet rock that is really good and inexpensive. Hopefully in a month, everything will be inside it and it'll be getting used!
I finished constructing the garden and planted all my seeds yesterday! It took a long time to build, but I hope it'll be worth it. Gardening in the desert is soooo difficult! Critters burrow underneath and Kangaroo Rats can burrow and also get through poultry netting as can small birds. So, I dug down 2 feet and buried hardware cloth and the whole garden is enclosed by hardware cloth. There are some clear panels on the South side to protect it from the desert winds but give it sun, and some opaque panels on the North side and a short section of panels on the West side. When it gets really hot, I will put shade cloth on the top so the plants don't get burned up. I also sent my soil to a lab to be tested and boy and I glad I did! They gave me organic recommendations to make the soil optimum for growing vegetables. If this doesn't work, I'm just gonna scream and kick a while and tear down the center divider and tell the chickens they just got twice as much room in their home! The garden is 16' x 12'. Not huge, but plenty big to grow two people some good stuff. Wish us luck!
|Everything planted and watered|
|Garden with Chicken Coop behind it & Compost Bin in Front|