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Tackling the Greenhouse — Part 5

When I left off, the greenhouse was still a bit lacking. With a junky screen door on back and one broken window, it leaked air like a sieve. A trip to Habitat for Humanity landed a sturdy entry door: An … Continue reading

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Tackling the Greenhouse – Part 4

We finally got a nice day and were able to get several coats of paint on all of the exposed wood, including the new supports between the joists. This is the point where we ran out of steam and the … Continue reading

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Tackling the Greenhouse – Part 3

Next on the list was to reinforce the joists for the new Solexx panels that would replace the old-school PVC panels we had removed. I decided on 2x2s spaced closer together to replace the rotten 2x4s we had removed: Not … Continue reading

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Tackling the Greenhouse – Part 2

Next on the agenda was to seal, scrape and paint. With a clean interior, a fresh coat of paint and a little insulation could go a long way. Some insulation for the north wall: How about some paint? Then to … Continue reading

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An inadvertent tradition.

Each year my wife and I get Good Friday off, and for the second year in a row we’ve chosen to use the day to haul rock from the local quarry. It wasn’t until most of the way through the … Continue reading

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It’s Spring — Bring the Fire!

Standing over freshly-burned earth, my buddy Neale put it in terms any Millenial could understand, “Fire is nature’s ‘reset’ button.” Taking with it years of detritus, and in our case, invasive Johnson grass, fire is a very good thing. A … Continue reading

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Tackling the Greenhouse – Part 1

So one of the neatest perks of the property we purchased was that it already had a greenhouse built. It’s not in the greatest spot, planted right next to a large weeping willow. And it’s not the greatest feat of … Continue reading

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