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Posted 4/1/2009 8:24pm by Reuben DeMaster.

Flattened    

It is difficult to lose a farm building.  Last weekend, I pulled down a large shed that had served the farm for over 100 years.  It was built with 8 inch oak beams and had a flat roof.  At one time, it had sliding doors and probably housed carriages.  But over the decades, insects and water damage reduced the building to an unstable shanty.  Each year the township added stone and tar to the road directly in front of the shed until the road bed became 12 inches higher than the shed foundation.  This caused water to run off of the road and into the wooden shed beams.

     The ease with which the shed collapsed told me that I had made the right decision.  We have still lost a building, and now it is time to start planning a replacement.  Maybe next year...

Posted 3/15/2009 9:54pm by Reuben DeMaster.

    Success

Well, the greenhouse survived the first test.  We only got 2" of light snow (figures) and the wind didn't rip it apart.  I now have many more plants growing and have planted other varieties such as shallots, leeks, celery, and coneflowers. 

     My daughter, A, has been recording daily temperatures at 8 AM, 1 PM, and 6 PM.  I am including this as part of her 3rd grade science lesson and I must say that she is doing an excellent job.  A typical temperature in the greenhouse is 15 degrees over the outside temperature on overcast days and 40+ degrees over the outside temperature on sunny days.  When the inside temperature hits 80, I open the door and that has sufficiently cooled the interior. 

Posted 3/15/2009 9:43pm by Reuben DeMaster.

March 1 - Today I finished the greenhouse.  It is 12' x 32'.  The design is not my own.  The skeleton consists of 3/4" pvc connected to a 2"x6" frame.  As soon as I fastened the plastic over the top, I could feel the temperature rising inside.  This is a good sign.  After completion, I discovered that my favorite weather channel was predicting 40 mph winds and 4"-6" of snow!  I guess that it will get a good test tonight.  I decided to go out after dark to put a post in the middle to prevent sag - just in case. 

Greenhouse Skeleton

Posted 3/15/2009 9:25pm by Reuben DeMaster.

Its February 8, and I'm planting seeds.  For me, planting is an act of faith and hope - faith that a small roundish object will somehow turn into an edible plant, and hope that someone will eventually appreciate this edible product.  In my head, I understand that a seed plus water, warmth, and light will germinate and grow.  But the process inspires wonder in my heart all the same.  Hundreds of brocolli, cabbage, onion, kale, and cauliflower seeds drop into the potting mix.  Each seed represents life, hope, work, food.  Who will eat this food?  Will I ever meet them?  May it give them health and strength to their bodies - whoever you are.   

New recipe: Corn and Swiss Chard BruschettaAugust 15th, 2017

1          ea.       Baguette A few cloves of garlic 3          ears  

New recipe: Zucchini, Corn and Tomato CasseroleAugust 15th, 2017

2 Tbs Butter 1 ALrge Onion, chopped 1 Green Pepper, chopped 1 1/2 lbs Zucchini, sliced 2 C corn 2 Tomatoes, chopped salt and pepper   1. Saute onion and belle pepper in butter and set aside. 2. C

New recipe: Corn & Basil CakesAugust 15th, 2017

Ingredients 4 ears of corn, kernels cut from cob 1/2 onion, diced 1 jalapeno, diced 1/2 cup of basil, chopped 3 tbsp oat flour (or any flour of preference) 1/4 cup milk 4 eggs   Directions Add al

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