I've installed the second pegboard, finished my rotary tool storage, and put a hole in the workshop wall and stuck the back end of the vacuum through it, so I am ready to go. For my first project, I started small: An Aldo Leopold bench (just google "Aldo Leopold bench" and find a design while also learning a bit about the man). Today me and the boyo went down to a local big box store and picked up a couple of 2x8 boards, and put it together:
|One Leopold bench... now to finish that boysenberry trellis.|
Now that I have successfully built this bench, I've get some much-needed morale for some of the larger projects I ultimately have in mind (table with storage, swing set, outdoor kitchen, second floor for the cottage, etc.).
The garden is going up and experiments continue, in particular the filling for the potato bin. This year, since we don't have ducks, we haven't bought additional straw, so I'm using the walnut leaves from the leaf pile. I'm pretty sure their composition has changed in the past few months, and it looks like good stuff to use. Best of all, it's free. Phoebe and I cut some seed potatoes, tossed them in a few at a time, and filled up the bin with the leaves. Keep your fingers crossed.
In the meantime, the raised bed where those leaves had sat looks good, and after this next cold front moves through, we'll start putting in some other seeds.
The worm bin has been going slower than I'd hoped, and we don't really have a whole lot of worm compost. Now, I'm stuck with a nitrogen problem in my cabbage/collard/onion/leek bed. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The slugs haven't been too hard on the plants, yet, and I've been picking one or two per day out from under the slug board.
The weather has been wonderful: When it isn't a day in the mid 60's-low 70's, it's dropping a half-inch of rain here in the Valley and multiple feet of snow in the mountains.
Oh, and this week I'm out cutting rose shoots for arrows. I'll have pictures later.