What’s been going on!
One of those a chicken on a hot plate weeks with lots of things going on that needed to coordinate well. I would say mostly successful. The main task was to get the last few parts of the tomato Big Tops installed and then pull the plastic cover over the bows. In the rebuild we are using some new techniques and materials but it went smoothly. In our second year together as a team, the four of us have the covering dance down to a well choreographed ballet.
Jennie and Liz start by finding the lead edge that will be pulled over the bows and “fluff” the rest of the plastic so it will follow easily. With me on a 10’ step ladder I lead one corner over one thirteen foot high end hoop with a rope tied to it, handing it to Liz who then pulls will almost all her might while Jennie pushes the plastic up and over the top webbing with a long handled broom. As Jennie gets near the halfway point I run to the far end and climb another ladder and pull the other corner over, with rope, hand it to Betsy and then I begin to move down the side of the tunnel flapping and pulling the edge down.
Corners tied off I use the ladders at each end to clip a piece of wide webbing onto the end hoops that holds the ends of the plastic to the frame while Betsy feeds one of the ropes, that actually hold the plastic onto the frame, down the leg row to the far end. With two of us on each side we pass the rope back and forth over the top, two people managing the rope and two tightening and tying it down to the top to the legs. Rinse and repeat with another rope and we are done. 40 minutes elapsed time.
The rest of the week consisted of cultivation, weeding, trellising peas, planting and getting ready for planting. The tomato beds are all ready for covering with landscape fabric and trellis building, might start today, depends on how crazy the weather is this afternoon with the next front moving in. Always extra-curricular activities like teaching class, insulating the new building, Farm to Fork picnic meetings and on, must be spring.
Pictures of the Week
Way too much time on a ladder
Beautiful spring cover crops and freshly turned peppers beds, the Big Tops cresting the hill in the distance
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