Its a little pixelated, well, ok so its a lot pixelated, but it is the start of something, just a little cool or maybe a lot cool, too excitement.
The large post in the middle is really tall I didn’t measure, it is dropped about two & half foot into the ground & the soil around pounded in nice & tight this post ain’t goin nowhere. The outer posts are just star posts. I have screwed the top rails to the middle post & the outer posts. Even Teddy looks exhausted at this stage. Wake up Teddy we got a lot more to do yet.
I know this is rushing ahead as far as pictures go of the process(note the grass), I have no idea where the other photos have gone. Like everything built here its not symmetrical, its our normal to be a little odd, “oh ok”, yes maybe a lot odd. haha
I screwed all the sheets of tin together as I went around & like the greenhouse bent the tin where needed to save on measuring & cutting. Then screwed the tin to the support posts.
The tractor tyre will be moved to the goat enclosure & the stump removed as its right in the middle of our turning room to be able to bring the car & trailer down when needed. The goats will love playing around on the tyre. I may even put the stump back in the middle as well. Oh such fun to be had.
Inside, yes its our new vegie dome, I am waiting for the chicken mesh wire to arrive that I ordered & I will be replacing the chicken wire & netting that I have put up temporarily. You see if you want to grow anything around here or to get started anyway, it has to be protected from bush rats & their entire family species & an array of bird life that are not beneficial. I may leave tiny holes in the top that can be closed at night for the teeny tiny birds to come & go as they are great at keeping the insect life to minimum. Anyway its really a matter of just waiting to see what works best.
As you can see the top photo all the grass that I had to dig out, I put the terminators chickens in for a few days to help out. Some grasses were really tough as we are in need of more rain. Our land is little sloped & in this area many years ago I had put a huge load of wood chip down which has created beautiful soil. I used my trusty A frame & have laid the soil out on the contour. Even in a small area like this it will be hugely beneficial to the way the land holds the moisture.
Its even like God is pleased with what I have done casting a ray of sunshine over the top.
The doorway is to the right just out of the frame beside the blue sign. It has taken between 3 & 4 hrs work per day, sometimes longer, before the heat of the day or late in the afternoon before the mozzies moved in. To get the hard yakka done. That’s in between all the other chores that need to be done as well, nothing is a burden when it comes to working on the land & looking out for the family.
A lot of the grass I tossed to the lowest part of dome, laid cardboard over the top & I will of course put a layer of top soil over that. I don’t normally like to do that here, as rats love it, but this is rat proofed? so I’ll see how it goes?. A little compost area for the weeds, using a sheet of tin bent at both ends & jammed up against the back wall with a post will be used for those times I’m too tired to make it too the livestock or main compost pile & it will produce soil over time for the dome.
I will be bringing the good soil up from the patch out in the paddock as nothing is going too well out there as it is too exposed to the elements. (I cant stand all that good soil just sitting there not doing much, though some good soil will be left to feed the land & carry on its job) more on what I will be doing there another story.
I have had this old bin that I put a tap on ages ago. It is now near the door way of the dome & will be full of compost water, worm castings from the worm farm, comfrey from the garden even a few kitchen scraps & livestock droppings, has made perfect soil feeder in the past will be great to incorporate it again.
Here’s a little sneak peek at what is almost ready to be the first planted into the dome from our greenhouse…..
I’m too excited really at how well everything is coming together.
Turbo & Teddy at the end of a hard day.
I hope everyone is keeping well & safe & have a fantastic week.