“Good” Friday (?)

In a moment of insanity, at last month’s community garden meeting, I (along with one other woman) volunteered to spend this morning teaching 150+ small children how to plant Easter Bunny food—AKA lettuce—in pots made of newspaper.

When my alarm went off at 7:00 this morning—Good Friday—my first thought was, “I’d rather be nailed to a cross than do what I’m about to do.” Somehow, I mustered up the courage to get myself out of bed, shower, and drag my arse to the event.

While we were setting up, two teenagers (air cadets) offered to help us with our lesson. Later a couple more teens joined them. Thank goodness they did! Even with the extra help, we were barely able to keep the assembly line we’d set up moving efficiently.

Someone “lost her shit” at the event, and the shocking part was that it wasn’t me. Someone stuck a phone/camera in my face, I reflexively jumped back, and said that I didn’t want to be in the photo. She then asked if she could take one from the side. My answer was, “no.” She did not take kindly to that. In the end, she stomped off like a spoiled child.

Coincidentally, on the table between Camera Lady and me was a stack of photo release papers. Nobody signed them, so, out of respect, we didn’t take a single photo at the event. Yes, I am aware that nobody needs permission to photograph anyone in a public place, but holy hell, it pisses me off when people do it without any consideration of the feelings of person being photographed!

Aside from that one incident, I think everything went relatively well. Will I do next year? Ummm… not if I can convince someone else to take my place. I really am not someone who should be educating anyone’s child.

30 Days of Self Care—Day 17

At the start of the summer, I bought myself a bottle of sunscreen. Today, I got to use it for the fourth time. Why only four times? Well, for starters, I had almost no time to spend outside this summer, and, of the days I was able to stay out more than than a few minutes, only three have been warm enough to expose my skin—I nearly froze to death the second time slathered the stuff on and ventured out in shorts and a tank top.

Today was hot, it was a holiday, and I chose to spend the entire afternoon playing in my garden—my poor neglected garden. Amongst the weeds, I was delighted to find one cucumber, and enough peas and beans to each fill a serving bowl.

I came in around 4:30, set my harvest on the kitchen counter, grabbed my camera, and went out in search of today’s project 365 photo (it’s day 102 already). When I got back inside, my harvest was gone. My mother was cooking the peas and beans, and she had already eaten the cucumber.

“I wanted a photo of that for my blog!”

“You snooze, you loose!” was her reply.

The peas and beans were yummy, by the way. She cooked them to perfection.

Did you do anything special today? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Just Thursday Blog Hop

 

27degrees

Each week, Rebekah, Nuvofelt and Mara invite their readers to celebrate the mundane in the Just Thursday blog hop. The idea is to focus on something that is ordinary for you but might not be so ordinary for others.

Today, I’m sharing a photo of my greenhouse thermometer. I think it’s a cool looking gadget. It’s very different from most of the thermometers I see. I think it’s rather photogenic as well, don’t you?

Sadly, it was nowhere near 27°C outdoors when this photo was taken, (on Sunday) but I sure was grateful to feel the heat in my greenhouse. Yesterday morning, it was only 4°C in there when I went in to check on my plants. Eek!

 

My New Greenhouse

Last summer, my poor little 4′ x 6′ greenhouse was massacred by a windstorm. The thing had survived at least half a dozen named tropical storms, yet, it was taken out by a run-of-the-mill weather disturbance that lasted an hour, at most. I was bummed, but at the same time, I was glad that it gave me an excuse to upgrade.

My new 6′ x 8′ greenhouse kit arrived last Wednesday. The timing was great, considering it had only been a few days since the last of the snow melted. Seriously! It was a winter that didn’t want to quit.

On Thursday, Mom and I loosely assembled the structure, then we carted it all over the back yard so that we could see where it would work best. We decided on a location close to the back patio. It’s somewhat sheltered from the wind, it gets full sun, and most importantly, there is enough privacy so that I can go out there in my pyjamas early in the morning and not be seen.

The chosen location.

The chosen location.

The spot we chose was not level. The front was much lower than the back, so, I spent Thursday evening, and much of Friday digging down the back, and moving soil to the front.

On Saturday morning, I sent my Dad to pick up some 8″ x  8″ post from a salvage yard. They were the perfect size to create foundation walls (and a level floor) in the hole I had spent two days digging.

The  foundation wall.

The foundation walls.

After the foundation walls were set in place, the hole was filled with gravel that was left over from another project. By this time, the wheelbarrow tire was as flat as a pancake, so, Dad used the bucket of his tractor to transport the gravel. That was a bad idea! The tractor wheels sunk a good foot or more into the lawn (because it was so wet from the recent snowmelt).

The gravel floor.

The gravel floor.

I had considered putting a wooden deck/floor in there, but decided to try the gravel first. It can easily be changed later if I don’t like it the way it is.

To prevent grass and weeds from growing up through the floor, we placed a tarp between the first and second loads of gravel.

On Sunday, we secured the frame to the foundation wall—the six legs were screwed to it, and the bottom cross bar of metal frame was tied (in four places) to cord cleats that were screwed into the wood. That thing ain’t going nowhere!

Next, the three of us put on the ClearView® cover. I then put in some of the shelves I had from my last greenhouse. After 4 days of “construction”, the greenhouse was finally ready for my seedlings!

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Front view.

Side view.

Side view.

The greenhouse has been up for 5 days now. My seedlings have spent a grand total of 9 hours in it. It’s still soooooo cold on Cape Breton Island.

 

Video

Soil Mixer Moe

Ladies and gentlemen! Let me introduce you Moe! He’s my fur-baby and the co-star of my (soon-ish to be launched) YouTube gardening channel. Here’s a 10 second peek at some of the footage we shot today.

I’m really excited about this new channel, but I’m really nervous terrified at the same time. I really suck on camera, and I’m going to look like an idiot for the first few months. I know that with practice I will get better, but I haven’t been practicing much. It’s a good thing I have an adorable co-star. I can ride his coattails until I get my act together.