Last week we received almost 7″ of rain which certainly made a dent in our moisture deficit. We’ve gotten 1.5″ of rain this morning, it’s still raining, and showers are forecasted a couple of days this week. With a plus there is sometimes a minus, and in this case, the vegetables and fruits are struggling.
Black mold has covered some perennial plants while aphids are decimating others, and it’s hard to address because it keeps raining.
While it rained, we put in some hours in the barn shop and the garage. We built a very helpful work table on wheels for the garage last year and this year we added a drop down extension by using heavy duty shelf brackets. It’s the third drop-down table we’ve built, and each one provides good work capabilities.
We were trying to find heavy duty pressure treated lattice to put at the bottom of the garden shed to discourage folks from setting up house underneath it. With the lumber shortage, it was a challenge, but we found some.
When we cut it up into 11″ and 9″ pieces, we had wiggly wobbly pieces that were literally falling apart. We did some research on a pneumatic crown stapler, and we found a cost effective one at Harbor Freight. Usually, you get what you pay for, but in this case it was a good deal. We used it to stabilize all the pieces and to attach screen to the back.
I treated the lattice work with the same product, ECO Wood Treatment, the shed builder used so it would weather.
The shed is made of rough sawn cedar, and we found there were some gaps on the door. Although they weren’t real noticeable, they certainly would allow blowing snow in this winter. We covered the gaps with two inch strips of wood and used the stapler to attach them. I also treated the outside of the wood with ECO before attaching.
My husband has all kinds of tools to make certain angles, but my mind thinks like a quilter which requires a pattern.
He cut the plywood in the barn in 2″ strips which I took out to the shed with me.
I put pieces of duct tape over the gaps on the inside and because of the light showing through I could get the tape perfectly centered. I cut both ends with a utility knife, pulled the tape off and placed it on the 2″ strip. He then only had to cut the ends, and we were ready to attach. I know, I know, some of you are laughing, but all I can say is that it worked, and it was quick. 🙂
We’ve been picking about a pint of raspberries a day, the dahlias are starting to put forth a few blooms, and the daylilies and hydrangeas are going strong
While it’s raining this week, I think I need some fabric to reupholster a bench, and I have Linda Greenlaw’s, “Slipknot,” to pick up at the library. I just finished Paul Doiron’s, “Dead by Dawn” and James Patterson/David Ellis’, “The Red Book.”
What are you up to this week?