Jun 17, 2014

Greenhouse Update & You Aren't What People Say You Are (redux)




I put up a post yesterday that I soon afterward took down. It detailed some struggles I've been having lately. I took it down because I worried that, even with making things vague, it'd end up being spread around and someone would find out and be upset, or others would assume I wrote about them. But I do want to repost one thing from what I posted, and that is, you can only control what you give, not what people take. You can do your absolute best to convey love, kindness, sincerity and someone could still take offense, if they choose to.

I am a kind, generous, creative, fun, nice, intelligent, loyal and good person. Nothing that somebody does, or says about me, will change that. The end.

Ok. Anyway. The greenhouse stuff is starting up again. Now that the ground is thawed, we can work on mortaring our cinderblocks. Jeffrey borrowed a cement drill from a nice ward member and put in rebar, and we're stacking the cinderblocks and mortaring. We're hoping to have the whole south side done, and the east side dug up, by the time our friends Dave and Courtney get here on Fourth of July weekend, and then Dave and Jeff can have some fun guy time putting together the east wall, which is smaller and hopefully will go faster because Jeff will have a routine down.






After that, we'll be doing outside insulation and the plan right now is cement-board siding, though I need to look into that more... I'm not sure if i like it or not. Jeff's really great at building things well, functional. I'm the one who's a bit more picky about appearance. I don't want a utilitarian greenhouse, I want a *beautiful* greenhouse. Suggestions for siding are welcome. Our house is currently light grey and white.


After that, we'll be able to (yay :) :) ) start on the INSIDE. Setting up watering first, I think. Then the floor, which will be landscape fabric covered with flagstone& swept, pressed sand. We have a ton of white flagstones lying around; we're repurposing them for inside the greenhouse (and, eventually, a walkway around the greenhouse and a patio).

After the floor is in, we can get going on square foot beds. And a greens tower (lettuces, kale, spinach, collards and dandelions) (yes, dandelions) and an herb tower. And also starting to grow cool mosses and creeping thymes in between the flagstones.


So that's where we are right now. We generally have about four hours of time on Saturdays that we can use for projects. Lately it's been completely eaten up in getting our ginormous jungle mown. So Jeff may need to take a day off work to finish the greenhouse. We spent the last three Saturdays getting all of the acre we call yard so it's inches-long stubble instead of a frenzy of dandelions and bushy alfalfa, but you know, weeds grow. We'll have to start again next Saturday.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Google "Hardie Board." for your siding. I've used it.
Wally

Janell said...

You so need a heard of sheep to take care of the lawn for you.

Your greenhouse plans are incredible.

Sarah Dunster said...

Wally, Thank you! I googled it and found some stuff I really like.

Janell, thank you, also :) And yes.... I wish. But the zoning on our property says "horses. dogs. cats." not even a bee or chicken allowed. Hooray. My town is a little messed up, zoning-wise, I think. :/ But the people are great. Maybe eventually Jeff and I can talk to some people and see if there's a way we could have animals on our property other than just horses.

Sarah Dunster said...

Wally, Thank you! I googled it and found some stuff I really like.

Janell, thank you, also :) And yes.... I wish. But the zoning on our property says "horses. dogs. cats." not even a bee or chicken allowed. Hooray. My town is a little messed up, zoning-wise, I think. :/ But the people are great. Maybe eventually Jeff and I can talk to some people and see if there's a way we could have animals on our property other than just horses.