We seem to have done more general contracting work than farming last week, such are the joys of our urban environment. We came to a conclusion about our fencing options and put our plan in motion – purchase our own materials, hire a contractor to install our cedar posts, then rely on the skill and friendship of our community to put up the wire. So last week ‘Larry and the boys’ (contractors Kenton found in the Yellow Pages – not the actual company name) took a day and a half to sight, dig, place, and pack limestone for all 80+ posts around the perimeter of the Farm. Our wildlife fencing (page wire of different sizes) is to come some time this week, and we’ve already heard of some great ideas to make it’s installation more expedient. If you have some spare time, we’ll most likely still need a significant contingent for this portion. Keep an eye on our facebook page for dates (most likely this week, maybe the weekend).
Through the middle, grassy section of the Farm we have some hydro lines that have been important to both the police station and library construction projects, to the west and east of us respectively, so we’ve been working with contractors that need to access them for the last 2 or so years. This week they were around again with 3 huge trucks inside our fence (didn’t realize there space enough to ever do that!). That overlapped some with Larry and the boys for another day and a half of construction. This Friday they’ll be back to finish up one last thing and maybe that will be it for the season. Nice folks, they were. Brought us coffee break!
Finally, a pile of top soil scraped up from the library site was left for our access. We’ve wanted to build up the south end of our space that’s been plagued with a combination of rocky soil and poor water drainage. So this long weekend we moved and graded what we needed with a skid steer. Turns out the pile contained a lot more clay than we expected, and while the space is now built up, our next task will be to make a few passes with a tiller before it dries to a cement-like consistency. Ah, another soil remediation project.
On a more positive note, arugula, salad mix, swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, cilantro and spinach are in the ground, extra basil, lettuce and cabbages are succession planted into trays, and in addition to garlic and radishes, our beets and onion sets have made an appearance!