When the going gets tough, the tough do woodwork!
Thus far, 2012 has been a bitch. Rain, rain and more rain, plus cold, cloud and rain, has meant that most cultivation has been hit and miss. It is, quite frankly, a shit storm of failure. Anyone living in the UK will understand what I mean; others might like to think about the fabled Noah.
The potatoes seem happy enough, as does the chard and spinach. Everything else has reacted badly to a total lack of sunshine, low temperatures and persistant dampness. Now we’re on the other side of the solstice, we’ve only got winter to look forward to!
What’s an idiot to do, when even the elements conspire against him? The answer is simple. Build some shit!
First off, I decided that any new squash needed to be away from the crows, and as the garden lacks crow activity, it’s the ideal spot … if I had any room. The first job was the Beanage Extension. Yes, it does look shit, but once filled with soil no one will see just how shit it really is!
Whilst I had the saw out I decided that it might be worth making a start on the long-ignored Greenhouse Project. I stuck a few posts in, with some lower bracing, and waited for the concrete to set.
A friend popped by, and on seeing the project developing beyond stuff dumped by the garden gate, asked about the plans. I told him I planned to build a greenhouse. No, he retorted, the plans, for the greenhouse.
Plans? What the hell does he think is going on here? I’m not building a bloody tower block. It’s a greenhouse. I just stick the bits in, and then when the final bit needs to be built, I’ll just cut the materials to fit. Isn’t that how everyone does it?