Monday, September 14, 2009

New Rock Garden and a Truck Full of Lumber

Jeff and I are still working outside trying to finish off our summer projects. I have all kinds of crafty things that I want to work on inside but I have canning to do and perennials that I need to find a home in the ground for. I also have a huge pile of mulch that we picked up over Labor Day weekend that I have only spread about half of. It's a race to get everything finished around here. This first picture I pulled out of a gardening magazine (I don't remember which) a couple of years ago.

It was my inspiration for the rock garden I planted this summer on either side of a short walkway between our fruit trees. I love to grow sedums. They are so easy, they don't need a lot of care. Instead of boxing off the box with more wood I used rock. That way I could just place them where I wanted and did not have to ask Jeff to cut anything. I can use a saw if I want, but I really do not care to. I just am not that handy with electrical tools. I am hoping that all the little areas will fill in and overflow in the next couple of years.

Labor Day weekend we hulled home this truck full of lumber. We need to start adding some buildings to our property. We have 10 acres and a lot of plans on how to use it. It has been slow getting around to some of our projects but finally we have a start. I have mentioned this building in earlier post this summer, so if you have been following my site you may be able to guess what this will become.

Here is my husband putting in the footings and foundation. He is very precise about things and you can see he is working on getting everything level.

Here are the walls all stacked up in the garage where he was building them. No room for my car the last week and a half.

Jeff's dad and brother came over Saturday to help get the walls attached and ready for Jeff to start with the rafters next.

This is what it looked like yesterday, Sunday afternoon. I have to tell you there is already siding on it since I took these pictures. But I have been inside canning pepper jelly and stuffing peppers to freeze, so I did not get any pictures this evening before it got dark. We had a rotten year of tomatoes but we have every kind of pepper imaginable in the garden that I need to find a use for in the next week. Any guesses yet? It's our Hen House! It will be ready for next springs chicks! I am so excited!

What do you think? Jeff has done his homework. Windows on the correct side for the best ventilation and warmth. Took the complete summer to for us to agree on the plans he drew up. I picked out this really cute house from a book I brought home from the Tractor Store. But that was it, cute, not practical. Thanks for reading my ramblings. Hope everyone has been getting their summer projects finished and is ready for the fall season.


Rhonda said...

Love your rock garden!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Hi Brenda,
Thought I'd stop by to say hi. It's so nice to meet you and get to know you through your blog. I'm a gardener also. Looking forward to our new friendship!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Hen said...

Hello Brenda,
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, we're still hoping hard for Jack to come home. As to the jar cover, it's just on a regular jam jar. The pattern comes via Attic 24's blog (you can find a link in the sidebar of my blog). It's basically a foundation chain with rows of trebles above followed by a last row of double crochet (English terms), however many stitches you need to get round your jar and however many rows until it is tall enough.. Hope that helps.
Hen x

blushing rose said...

What a cute little shed this will be .. dying to see it painted & decorated. Have a great weekend. TTFN ~ Marydon

Kitty Scraps said...

Hi Brenda,
I long for a shed! Yours will be so cute once you have it painted and decorated outside. And I love your rock beds!

I've been reading P&P while I'm stuck waiting for my husband to get off work or during my lunch break. I'm almost to the end but it keeps me in suspense each time *smiles*