For the past week we've had a crew doing the dirt work and building foundation forms for what will become Greg's shop.
As we watch these men work in triple digit heat we are torn. It's all we can do not to get in there and help, which is kind of silly because we are paying a hefty amount for this work crew.
It's a strange position we're in.
This is the first time in our lives we've ever hired people to do work we would otherwise do ourselves. Greg built his last shop nearly all by himself. That shop was a testament to his skill and strength.
But this time, 20+ years later, it's a job for younger men. They can do in a few weeks what would take us months to do on our own.
Still, I don't like to see people toil like that in this heat. We bring them ice and constantly ask them if there's anything we can do for them, but they always politely refuse.
Garden and chickens: I've been using soaker hoses to water the garden but it's still putting out too much water, so we switched over to sprinklers. Some veggies, like melons and tomatoes need a lot of water, but others can manage on less. We're still experimenting. You can see by the photo the very nice irrigation system Greg put together. It can accommodate both sprinklers and soaker hoses.
I put in a fall garden this week. And since we allow the chickens to free range during daylight hours, we decided to put up one of those plastic fences around the garden to keep them from nipping at my seedlings.
I'm happy with it. Works like a charm.
On the egg laying front, we still only have two hens laying right now. The others should be starting within a few more weeks. Greg built two sets of nesting boxes. One condo and the other a one-story job. I'll show you more pictures later, but here's a pic of the 1 story nest boxes that we put up only last night.
It's all coming together, one step at a time.
Anyone else putting in a fall garden? How do you water; by hand, sprinklers, hoses? I'm always looking for alternatives.
And...is it me, or do you think it's been unusually hot this year? We got hotter sooner here in Texas and it wouldn't surprise me if we broke a record for triple digits this year. How about where you live?
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