Farm Friday: what are we building?

Before I talk about that picture of all the wood in the garden that I posted on Facebook the other day.  I thought I’d give a little update on what we’ve planted in the garden recently.  We’ve begun planting onions, they will get most of a 20’x30′ to themselves since we eat a lot of onions over the course of the year.

We're trying out close spacing on the white onions.

We’re trying out close spacing on the white onions.

We will also harvest them very early, probably starting the end of the month because we’re hoping to use them as green onions since we’ve had no luck growing green onions from seed.

Planting onions.

Planting onions.

The best onion planters .

The best onion planters .

T, J and Lala have worked out a really good system for planting onion since they did these rows of white onions.  Lala uses a dibble made from leftover 1 inch metal pipe to poke holes in the ground for the kids and they place the onions.  They planted 4 rows of yellow onions 2 Saturdays ago in under an hour.

I think I bought too many yellow onion sets.

I think I bought too many yellow onion sets.

Six and half pounds of yellow onion sets to be precise.  I probably needed half that since they were supposed to share a bed with lettuce.  Lettuce just doesn’t work for us, the few years that it’s grown in the garden I only got mini lettuces.  Last year nothing sprouted, I’m pretty sure that the birds or voles ate the seeds before the even got the chance.  So this year we will have 600 sq ft of onions!!

Can't have rocks and weeds in the onion bed.

Can’t have rocks and weeds in the onion bed.

This gardens truly amazing at growing both.  Side note, this garden cart is a recent purchase and it’s amazing.

 

On to that amazing pile of wood I posted on Facebook.

Why so much wood in the garden?

Why so much wood in the garden?

More wood heading out to the garden.

More wood heading out to the garden.

All total before cutting, there were 28 8ft long 2″x4″ and 4 8ft long 2″x6″.

Cutting that one last piece.

Cutting that one last piece.

Everyone watching Mr J get the drill ready.

Everyone watching Mr J get the drill ready.

Of course anything being done in the garden draws a crowd, who all want to help.

T placing his first screw.

T placing his first screw.

 

G's turn to put in a screw.

G’s turn to put in a screw.

 

Now it's J's turn.

Now it’s J’s turn.

After a few turns, they wandered off to play and the job went much faster.  Any guesses on what we’re making yet?  It certainly has a lot of legs.

So many wooden legs.

So many wooden legs.

More wooden legs

More wooden legs

Putting on the top.

Putting on the top.

The first set of legs are up.

The first set of legs are up.

All the sets are done .

All the sets are done .

One set of stringers in place.

One set of stringers in place.

This is actually all we got done this week since just after this picture was taken it started raining and the weather hasn’t been great the whole rest of the week so nothing more has been done on this project.

What is it?  Oh it’s the framework for the pea and bean trellises.  You can’t see them but there are tiny little pea plants sprouting under the first row of stringers.  Plastic netting is going to get attached to the stringers for the vines to grow up.  Hopefully next Friday’s post will have pictures of the finished trellises.

See you Monday for the next Menu Monday!

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