It's a beautiful, beautiful day out there!!!!!!
Supposed to get up to 53* today!!!! Get this....50s on Tuesday, 60* and huge thunderstorms/rain on Wed., then down in the 20-30s on Thursday with 3 in. of snow. Oh, how I love when winter won't let go, but spring is calling.
Spring always wins the war, though it seems it doesn't win all the battles.
Hope to get several things done today, though my back is already giving me warnings...will just have to try and baby it along, because my heavy work season is just about here and I can't do it without this miserable back of mine.
Need to remove the hotwire from the front pop door....that big ol' dog can no longer fit into my coop!!!
(Had my pop door hotwired to prevent my pup from squeezing in there and stealing eggs)
Remove the remaining wall of the spare pen...that's going to take some time. Those pallets are heavy and I put that up there to last, so getting it down again will be no small feat.
Put new screening on my old screen door~get this, I'll be putting rollers on this door so I can just lift it into tracks and use it as my pen door. When I'm not using it to contain chickens, that door can be lifted down, the screen washed well and then I'll use that door to dehydrate veggies this summer. Then, I can use it in the fall and winter as the top to my cold frame after applying a layer of plastic to it. When spring rolls around, back it will go on the spare pen as the rolling door/gate. Three uses, one old screen door!
Will buy the hardware tomorrow for making that door a slider on the pen and also will buy 2 ft. tall chicken wire in rolls(150 ft. long). Those will be applied to my garden fence to keep out the rabbits and I'll use a piece of it for this door as well. I'll use the framing I scavenged out of the trash to sandwich the wire in between the door and framing so that no sharp edges of wire are sticking out to catch a chick or my Mom's skin. That screen, then the chicken wire, will make that a strong door for chickens. I'll reinforce it in key places with light but strong strips of wood so that it will be dog strong also, just in case I have to contain a dog in that pen for some reason. I'll post pics of the finished door.
If there is any time after all that is done, I'll try to take down the fencing around the orchard...those have served their purpose and now the posts and netting can be stored for another season/purpose.
We'll be going after some composted wood chips this week for my brother's small garden, but will put the rest of them on the orchard. On the way back, I'll try to scoop up some free straw at the feed store...they have a pile of it outside the container they use to store and sell bales of straw and the lady said I could have it. FREE COMPOSTING MATERIAL!!!!
I sure hope I can get all of that done while the sun shines....right now it's 34* and the sun is heating things up fast, steam rising from the holler right now and frost is quickly melting.
I hope you all have a wonderful day out there!!!!!