Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Lots of rainbows this week!
We poured footers for Judy's house today. Putting in the rebar and insulation were a breeze a few days ago. The insulation board was perforated by chance for our size footer (17"x9")! Snapping them in parts and laying them on the bottom and outside of the footer was easy. To the outside, it lined up perfectly with the footer form.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This year we tested out a no-till or lasagna garden patch. It seemed easy and required less money and effort than a typical tilled garden with equipment and gas considered. Not only that, it's much better for the soil and the micro-organisms that live there. A small patch was started in March with just paper in some places, cardboard in others and really old hay. That's all we could get for the first patch and the hay was very old. Should have used straw. Not a "by the book" start, but with no real compost yet and little time, it's all we could muster. After 7 months, the soil looks great! Dark and crumbly already and we've done a second planting.