Last week we had an extremely busy week, but it was super good, and so much got accomplished. We have been so fortunate to have help from a great many friends, and of course our incredible greenhouse crew, to get this new Farm Stand building finished and ready for plants and opening day on April 15th.
Above is James and Chris doing the very dangerous work of putting on the polycarbonate roof panels. Dave, another friend, spent the entire next day helping to attach the curved sides where the roll-up walls will eventually be.
Here is Beki and Chris working on that same project and on Thursday Beki and Lizz finished the entire other side of the greenhouse curve while Chris was making customer deliveries to Denver and Boulder.
Our friend and neighbor, Jim, brought sand and road base to make a nice even floor inside the greenhouse and to have a level walking area outside in the Farm Stand nursery area.
Lizz, Beki and I pounded in posts and put up the fencing that surrounds the Farm Stand store and nursery. The fence will give guidance to our farm stand visitors as to where the shopping area is for plants, but most importantly it will keep the deer out of this area so that they don’t get hurt running between benches and such.
Finally, on Thursday, I hauled in the first load of plants. The building is nowhere near completed, but we are desperate for space in the other greenhouses and all of our seeding and transplanting has basically come to a screeching halt this week because there isn’t anywhere to put more flats of plants. We desperately need this Hygge House to be able to house plants, not only because our opening day in April is drawing incredibly close and there is still so much to accomplish before we are ready for Open Farm Days visitors, but also just so that we can continue to plant as per the planting schedule so that things are ready on time for spring sales.
Lizz made the sign that will be attached to this new Farm Stand building. It is the Hygge House!
All our greenhouses have interesting names rather than calling them by numbers. We now have 9 houses; the Plant Barn, the Lizard House, the Yarrow House, the Woodstove House, the Uffta House, the Goldfish House, the Supply Barn, the Farm Stand, the Hygge House, and the Basil House. It’s more fun to have names for our greenhouses.
Sarah put in time in the gardens, since we weren’t able to work on seeding and transplanting. There is still quite a bit of gardening to do before we open for Open Farm Days, but we’re getting a good start on that task.
This is our future greenhouse crew in training. Beki’s girls were on spring vacation this week and they came on Wednesday morning to help out. Here they are planting mint plugs. They also got the fairy garden ready and fed the birds, helped with gardening and were really busy while they were here. On my next post, I’ll show you some pictures of the fairy garden they took care of.
Then there was the forecast for last night and today. It called for a 60% chance of rain and wind gusts to 15-20 mph through the night and more rain today. Instead we woke up in the night to 75-80 mph sustained winds!! We could hear things crashing around outside and breaking but there wasn’t anything we could do in the dark. It kept us awake the entire night knowing it wasn’t going to look good this morning.
At first light we were out to see how things looked and it brought us to tears and made us feel ill at what we found. The roof on the Uffta House blew off and the side was all caved in where the winds had pounded at it all night.
When the Uffta house roof panels blew off, they blew through both layers of plastic and the heat conservation ceiling blanket inside of the Goldfish House. Beki, Lizz and I spent the early morning trying to patch up the Goldfish House enough to get us by until new plastic covering arrives early next week to recover this house.
Then there was our beautiful new Hygge House with its completed roof….well, 8 panels blew off, the top cap was twisted and unusable, a number of braces were also twisted and ruined. Chris and I walked through our neighborhood retrieving sheets of polycarbonate roof panels that were found far from our farm in the neighbors hay pastures. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
This house has been so incredibly difficult to construct and now we are faced with having to do it all over again and in a hurry before opening day on April 15th. We had to order new sheets of roofing, roof cap and bracing. This house is now way way way over budget, which adds to our challenge. This is the life of farmers! There are good days and bad days. Last night the wind gods were angry and today was a very bad day as a result of that!
And the greenhouse buildings weren’t the only damage done. The woodstove we use to heat one of the greenhouses had its exhaust vent come apart from the pressure of the wind tweaking it all night, and this was while the woodstove was burning. Thank goodness nothing caught fire. We had ceiling heat conservation blankets in several houses that fell down and had to be put back up and reattached.
There is outside furniture that was damaged, the coyote fence that marks the entrance of the Farm Stand blew down, the blue room (portable toilet) was moved about 15 feet from where it normally stands and thank goodness it wasn’t blown over, but the handwashing sink next to it was destroyed and sent blowing through the greenhouses to land in pieces. Again, thank goodness it didn’t blow through the plastic of one of the other greenhouses. And my favorite dragonfly glass candle holder that M’lissa gave me years ago was broken on the back porch. Every bird feeder on the property had to be searched out and found having blown out of the trees in the night. Anyway, the list is long and we’ll be cleaning things up and repairing things for a while I think.
We do have much to be grateful for in all this carnage and that is that no one human or critter was injured! We had only a couple of flats of plants in the Hygge House that were dumped out, amazingly, and we were able to replant those.
Sadly, we didn’t get a single drop of rain in our 60% chance of rain. We badly need moisture here, so there is supposed to be another chance for rain on Sunday. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we are more lucky then and get some good gentle soaking rain, hopefully with no damaging winds…thank you very much.
All for now. With Green Thoughts, Tammi