ある家族のパーマカルチャー的自然調和への冒険


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So it's not a shed...


Well, after getting the shed framing up and (relatively) plum, the flooring and roofing went on. And then the comments started flowing in... "You should live here!", "This is too nice to be a mere shed...", "Look at all this space... are you really going to use two thirds of it to park cars under?", "Imagine some nice lighting under those beam braces...", "You could turn that bay into a bedroom for guests.".
Ok! I give up! I'll build a shed somewhere else and this will be a living/relaxing/temporary accommodation space. Alright? Satisfied? Jeez...
So, I've now floored the center bay, and will be removing the cladding on what was the northern wall of the Southern most bay (ex-Shed!!) so that we have one big room and people can come and look at it and say "When are you going to floor the third bay?".


Actually, I've spent so much time on this 'shed' that I fear I've left getting the deck up for the yurt too late, to be honest. Bummer, but maybe I'll move the yurt parts (somehow, it all weighs a ton) into the third bay until spring. Ho-hum.

In other news, our slightly skewed solar array (too much beer and wine the night of 10/10 methinks) is now standing straight and level and is aligned properly. That should improve its efficiency markedly!

The trees we planted are doing reasonably well, only the Walnuts are giving me cause for concern, but maybe it's just that the weather has turned quite wintry this last week or so. We'll see how they look in the spring. Talking of trees, all my research on the web turned up two opposing schools of thought on whether one should fertilize the soil when planting. Some say that the sapling needs a boost of compost mixed in with the back-fill, and others say that doing that leads to a weaker tree that is reliant on more human care than otherwise might be the case. I opted not to add anything to the back-fill, as less maintenance is a good thing, and I figure on losing up to 25% of the trees anyway. Better the weaklings give way to the vigorous ones, in my opinion.


We've also added another half dozen trees to those we planted on 10/10. This time filling the citrus 'gap'. We planted a lemon, a lime, two varieties of orange and two of mikan. Now, wherever you stand in the 'forest', you'll find a citrus, a nut, a pear or apple and a soft fruit evenly spaced around you. Darn, I'm looking forward to doing that 10 years from now. We also scored some cranberries and some more varieties of blackberry, so they've gone in too. Finally, our local garden center had neem trees in stock the other day. We snapped up 3 of them and planted them on the bank behind the toilet/shower block. They're supposed to deter cockroaches and mosquitoes and be generally handy trees to have around. Wouldn't that be nice! Trouble is that they're usually found in subtropical regions of the world, and don't do so well when temps drop below 4C... we'll see how they fare. Actually, as they grow pretty big (15~20m is not uncommon), if only one survives, that'd be cool enough.
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by guibi | 2010-10-27 14:55 | Other Work:その他の作業

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