here's the breakdown in quick format
- built a new compost collector from salvaged goods
- insulated the tin shed coop from salvaged and gifted goods
- built a short barrier in the coop - one side wee chicks - other side wood chips and feed storage - also keeps them from romping out as soon as the big person door is opened
- moved the wee chicks into their new tin shed home - happy wee uns
- gifted heinrich with a yummy out the ground carrot - yummy! - happy wabbit
- split and replanted a number of perennials - rosemary, lavender, grasses, comfrey and mint
- raked again - the leaves keep coming
- cleaned up the back drive - old wood pallets and garden goods and yup more leaves
- spent near to entire day outside - happy hippychick
- learned how to build new things - getting better every time
i raked again today as the leaves keep falling as the wind keeps blowing. a near by neighbor laughed at me saying that he himself was not going to pick up the rake until the trees were good and empty. i just like the exercise and the way the yard looks once raked, i replied. he repeated that he was not going to rake a single leaf until later. that's fine that's fine, i'd rather rake in stages rather than get buried all at once. so much for that.
after raking i realized that there was no room in compost bin so i decided to build another. i had some wood pallets sitting out in the back drive. i picked out four of the best as most are beginning to move towards compost themselves. i pulled out the screw gun, screws and a couple of 1" x 1" boards to serve as joining corners and in about a 1/2 hour, i had a new compost bin. not long after that it was 1/3 full with leaves and raked up yard bits.
while out working, my next door neighbor leaned over the fence and asked me if i could do anything with a few packing blankets. yes! absolutely i could do something with them. in fact, i could do with them today. and the gift was made - thank you neighbor - rock on! packing blankets, the perfect solution for insulating the tin shed and they were free; even better.
once i installed the packing blankets i thought about building a short barrier in the tin shed that would break the space into two areas. one area for the wee un's themselves and the other for storage goods and visiting space for folks like me. i went into the garage and scanned the place... an old window screen, few more pieces of 1" x 1" board and some salvaged large paper square egg holders (the kind you get when eggs come in 12"x12" boxes).
i installed the screen barrier, grabbed a few eye hooks and installed those on the upper beams. the eye hooks will provide line drops for two feeders and two heat lamps. the waterer i am currently using does not hang up so i just propped that up on some wood pieces.
then it was about moving the wee chicks in. i grabbed a box and started loading them in. i moved them in three groups so as not to crowd them in the box and to keep them warm in their short transport. once everyone was in i notice a bit more action from the little guys. they began scratching just like the big chickens, they tried out their wings and they were hopping and romping all about. i have to say, i think they love the new place.
somewhere in the day, i popped a visit to king heinrich the lionheaded rabbit and gifted him with a carrot. he was on it like flies to molasses. he had not touched the melon though so i pulled that out and passed it on to three girls i knew would enjoy it. yup, the chickenchicas had their eye on the prize before i even had the door open again. pop! and the melon was gone. problem solved.
i took some pondering time away from the build to split some clumping perennials and plant them in the outback area. the outback area used to be an additional veggie garden area, then it served as a super big compost pile that broke down in record time and now it's the fruiting and flowering area. this is where the bee hives will locate in the spring. i thought it would be nice to plant a number of flowering fragrants out and about the area. the rye grass, radish and bird seed are wintering over and may provide additional flowers and such for the bees.
here is what we've got out there
- plum tree
- blackberrries thornless
- ornamental grasses
- hazelnut tree
- rye grass
- sprouting bird seed
- sprouting radish seed
- two apple
- two peach
well, that was the day - a pretty darn good one. now a little sitting time with supercat mr. t. and maybe some dinner, now there is a thought.