Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Update for Terra Nova Gardens

Progress continues at Terra Nova Gardens.  I discovered today by talking with a neighbor in the area that the tree being cut down is actually a Mulberry tree and not a cotton wood.  The tree is now all cut into chunks.  Some need to be split before being stacked. 

I had time to stake out some of the garden beds and dig one before the snow began.  It appears that this land has been the recipient of dumping for some years.  I have found many vine roots, rocks, chunks of concrete, carpet, and car parts.  That's just in the first 4 foot by 8 foot garden bed.  In another spot, I found a sizable chunk of concrete that will possibly need to be dug out and broken up.  There's many other assets to be recycled on the property such as old tires, big rocks, and four inch trees that could be used for rustic fence rails.

I truly feel like a land owner now.  My first tax assessment came in the mail yesterday.  I paid the whole $10.74 for the year.  Ah, yeah, I could have paid just the first half year of taxes but I thought, "I'll just be a big spender and pay the whole thing at once." 

Finally all the parts for the seed starting station have been bought and assembly began.  With only a few interruptions from Bradley, the station was completed.  Now the timer will be plugged into wall socket where the extension cord is plugged.  I've heard there needs to be a little wind on the growing plants to make the stems strong instead of spindly and leggy so I will get a small clip on fan to provide the gentle wind.  The seed starting station is not too fancy, didn't cost much, is adjustable, and can easily be expanded.  The lighting is two 4-foot shop florescent lights with four sunlight bulbs.  I wanted a four bulb fixture but really $30 was a bit much so I bought two 2-bulb lights at $9 each.  It works just as good maybe better.  I'll put an old towel under the heat mat to help it work a little better.  These shelves are three foot in length.  I could have bought four foot shelves but it would have been a little tight to get to the furnace so I decided to purchase a six foot shelf and cut it in half, which was cheaper anyway, giving an extra foot for furnace maintenance.

Granny blessed Bradley with the most awesome Christmas present.  Well that's according to him anyway.  This is a Lego Kreo Megatron Transformer.  There's 346 parts with an instruction book of 105 steps to assemble the awesome Transformer.  The above picture is two hours into the construction at step number 25.  Below is five hours into the assembly with the completion of step 68.  Woo hoo over half finished.  I expect another 3 or 4 hours of pure grand pop and grandson bliss.  Well, actually it is kind of fun seeing his excitement as he assembles Megatron.  It's team work.  I find the parts and Bradley assembles them.  Actually he's pretty good at it.  He's much faster at assembling than old grand pop is at finding the parts.

The weather is finally getting colder well for a couple days at least.  Back in the 40s by the weekend.  I should be able to do some more surface clearing at Terra Nova Gardens by next week.  Yesterday was a volunteer day at a local non profit organization.  Plugging some floor holes where water pipes used to go to the steam radiators before the hot air furnace retrofit happened.  Today just a coast day.

Have a great day everyone and I'll catch up with ya later.


  1. Oh, if only I had a tax bill like that!

    Have a great day

  2. That was a tall mulberry tree. Wow.
    You certainly don't want to get behind in those taxes. You are truly the owner now.
    Sounds like Bradley likes a good project. Wonder where he learned that from??? Hmmmm.

  3. Hi Dave, I had to laugh at your use of the word, "assets" to take care of. It sounds like you are making lots of discoveries on your new property. It' always good to pay our debts at once if we can. LOL

    That is a cool project you and your grandson are working on! I have a set of blocks that have a different puzzle on each side of them. Our four year old grandson is now able to figure out how to put them together. Today, instead of stacking them like we had been, he arranged them on the floor like a puzzle usually is done. I never thought of that!

    Thanks for your nice comments on my last post. One thing that helps me keep with gardening is the fact that I work in a school and have summers off. I do plan on trying to work summer school this year, though, in an effort to get our home equity loan paid off sooner. I think that's only a couple hours a day, though.

  4. Oh, and I hadn't heard about the fan thing on seedlings. I don't do a lot of indoor planting, but I put them in my garden window, and when it's warm enough after they are up, I open the windows.