Tuesday, May 26, 2015

project day

Sunday Jake came out to help me for a few hours on the farm, and we got a few projects done that are easier with two people. One was to take the canopy off the truck and go get a load of sand for sand bags. Sand bags hold the row cover over my beds of radishes, turnips, and leafy brassica greens, which pests like flea beetles love to munch. (I didn't take any pictures because, well, sand bags aren't very photogenic.)

The other big project, which has been on my list for a long time, was building a drip tape roller. I've been borrowing farmer Rick's too often, and I'd promised him I would make my own. (He's such a nice guy he didn't seem to mind, but I felt bad always running off with his roller.)

Thanks to The Rebuilding Center, lumber for the project cost less than $5. The biggest expense was the purchase of a circular saw, but that's the kind of tool any farmer should have around, so I'm glad to say I now have one.

sporting my hip new safety glasses
Jake assembling the legs
All done! Sometimes the simplest tools are the best.
Field tested and approved!

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