Finally the cool September weather has arrived. Seventies and eighties during the day make outside activities sweet. Those fifties and sixties at night are awesome for sleeping with windows open. Hopefully, the cooler weather will continue.
Broken post stump removal has been a difficult task and took upward of three days to remove the five broken post bottoms. I really didn't plan on having to dig up and remove the posts so I concreted them in the ground really good. They certainly would have held up to strong winds but a big white van was just too much.
Yea, one down and four more to go. Since I don't have hydraulics, good old farm physics helped with pulling the concrete up out of the ground. A couple of the posts were a bit of a struggle.
This little chunk is one of the first two posts that was planted in the ground. I kind of over engineered it just little. Two bags of Quickcrete was a little much. I definitely accomplished keeping the post from blowing over in a wind storm. This chunk probably weighs close to 200 pounds. Later posts only had one bag which was not only cheaper but easier to pull out of the ground. This one really taxed my limits as far as strength goes. I'm just not as strong as I used to be.
A decision was made to fix this one so as not to have to dig it out.
Some more farm low tech engineering, helped hold the post together while screws were used to stabilize the post. Four screws on each side did the trick and the post is as good as new. I'm still considering maybe attaching one of the short broken posts on the side of this post for more stability but I'm learning that fence posts don't have to be that strong to survive.
The tomatoes continue to bury me. The plants that produced tomatoes were grown from tiny little seeds under the grow lights. It's really the first time I've ever been able to do that. People are starting to stop by Terra Nova Gardens and ask for tomatoes. The taste of these are tremendous. I'm definitely going to grow these again next year. They aren't really big tomato plants but they are loaded with tomatoes. There's a day of canning in the near future.
This is one of the boards that need to be put back together. A little Elmer's wood glue and a little time and the board will be good as new only with age wrinkles. Kind of like me.
Well, that's it for this week. The backyard hay field is calling me to do a mow down so until the next time be careful because I'd like to hear from you again.