Saturday, January 25, 2014

The plan for Year 2

This is easy. We just want to do everything that hasn't been done yet, bringing the place to perfection by Jan. 31, 2015. Snort.

The garden (our big success)
• Expand it. Most of the fencing is in place. We need to extend the terraces, dig out giant rocks, quack grass and knapweed, add compost and mulch. We want to grow more greens and roots for the animals, more staples for us.
• Create a watering system. Dragging hoses around sucks.
• Fit out the basement for veg storage. It's too damn cold here for storing root crops in their garden beds.
• Start a small orchard and berry patch. I made a tiny start last year, but the sheep put a stop to it. I want Stanley prune-plums, apricots, apples, and raspberries and blackberries.
• Move the mushroom kit outside and try to establish a wine-cap patch.
• Divert one of the roof drains to rain barrels to water the greenhouse.
The greenhouse is a temporary setup, but works OK for now.

The animals
• Fence another pasture for the big animals to minimize parasite exposure.
• Add a porch to the chicken house.
• Figure out how keep chickens out of the garden.

The building
• Install the electric furnaces and ductwork to keep the studios, hall and bathroom at least 50 degrees.

C.'s studio
• Fit out the closet for heavy fabric storage
• Move the hall electric heater in there. Wood heat is too dirty for all the fabric/fleeces/fuzz.

My studio
• Patch the roof-drain leak
• Fix the lights and outlets
• Install one of the spare wood stoves
• Tear out the busted vinyl windows and idiotic framing and install... a mosaic of old small-pane wood windows? Have to have some welding done for a frame for them. Can we afford vintage metal-frame windows from Tormino's? Probably not.

Have fun
• Go mushrooming and woods-walking. Take Kewpie to Elk Park. Bring the canoe up, and take it out once in a while.

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