Til' next time,
Scapes and Scaffolds
Howdy blog readers! Just a quick Thursday update on what's been going on this week down on the farm. I'm not totally with it this week on what's happening with Josh, Karen, and Forrest, but I did get this shot from atop our scaffolding of the garlic and green onions coming up in the field. They're looking good! Also that hoop house closest to us on the right has all six beds filled with successional plantings of carrots, radishes, turnips, greens, and lettuces. Most of which are already germinating and starting to poke up through the soil. There's a lot of grass coming up with them too, so weeding will definitely be on the agenda starting soon (and will then stay on the agenda basically forever). I know there's been a lot of seeding going on in the greenhouse too because Forrest put his mom to work seeding on Monday when she was in town for a visit. Seeding what, though, I do not know. Karen has also been busy seeding and organizing her cut flower project which has recently come into full swing. I can't wait to see all the color that she'll be bringing to the farm once the blooming starts!!
On the farm stand framing end of the things, take a look at all the progress we've made just this week! They weren't kidding when they said that once the real framing starts it just flies by. It's been a lot of fun, and the fact that I probably do at least one thing every day that I've never done before definitely keeps things interesting. Who would've thought I was going to enjoy setting up scaffolding as much as I did...I definitely didn't expect it. Though, today the scaffolding ended up being our enemy when the wind started gusting at about 30mph. So, we made sure everything we had already put up was good and braced and then got out of there to spend the day in the shop because it was just too dangerous at the site. Tomorrow we'll try again.
On the shop end of things, take a look at these awesome tresses Isaac and Dylan built (I helped with one) from beams recycled from an old barn that was torn down on the property. In a couple of months or so they'll be set at the same height as the tall, 23 foot walls you can see in the other picture. The five of these will support the ceiling of the main hall/atrium of the farm stand and will be supported themselves by other exposed, rustic beams lining the inside. Can you imagine these things 23 feet off the ground? I can, and have, and can't wait to see it put into action!! I think it's going to be getting them out of the shop and staging them to be lifted into place that will be the tough job, but the fact that Dylan and I were able to move and stand this one up just the two of us made me feel a little better about it. On the other hand, when we moved it it was just being held together by a bunch of long screws we put through the beams, but what Dylan and I did today was start bolting on the crazy sturdy (and heavy) metal plates that will really hold these things together. So, they'll be a little heavier when we're totally finished bolting the plates on. Beautiful aren't they? Lets hope we don't scratch them too bad when we move them.
Til' next time,
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