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Thanks to some amazing 50-degrees and sunny weather (and Elden being able to take a day off work on Tuesday), we got our hoophouse frame up! This hoophouse will be a multi-purpose greenhouse for a while–I’ll use it for starting plants and I’ll also plant some tomatoes in the soil inside. Instead of plowing it, I spread some topsoil that the excavator piled up for me during the driveway construction (the driveway has been completed, by the way–see photo of the turnaround in the woods below). John recommended this to me because it will help the site to drain better if it is a bit elevated, and it will kill the grass underneath without disturbing the soil structure, worm pathways, etc. Setting the foundation posts was, of course, tons of fun, and despite our best efforts to keep the tops of the posts from getting bent out of shape during the pounding, we had to do some filing and hammering to get the hoops into the foundation posts, but it wasn’t too bad.

I am incredibly relieved to have this much progress done. The weather is supposed to be halfway decent this weekend, so Elden and I should get some work done on the endwalls.

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Destruction

Ploughing 2 acres didn’t seem anywhere near as destructive as putting in this driveway did. Perhaps that is because I was an active participant in the ploughing, whereas the culvert, driveway, and accompanying ditches went in one Friday while I was at work. When I stopped by on Friday night, it was a shock to see the huge piles of soil and very wide expanse of grass-less area screaming at me from what had for so long been a quiet little hayfield.

Elden and I spent the next day clearing trees for the rest of the driveway.

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With lots of encouragement from Dave Hanlon of the Food Farm, I bought a 30′ x 40’greenhouse from a nice guy in Gary. Dave then gallantly helped Elden, our friend Greg, and I dismantle the greenhouse on a cold Saturday (thanks, guys!). Elden and I moved it out to the unnamed farm and stacked all the materials for now….

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I hired a neighbor to spread some manure on the fields, and hauled a few loads myself with my little manure spreader. Then I seeded some winter rye as a cover crop. It’s not a very even stand, but it will have to do.

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