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I think that honor system way of doing things is pretty neat. ☺️

i do too, but some people can ruin it for others. around here a few people are pretty mean. the guy who has his wood out for sale ended up having to put a slot in the side of the barn so that people wouldn't keep stealing his money. our friend just a bit down the road had her entire table with everything on it stolen and we've had issues too at times but i won't get into those now as that would make this too long to read).

we don't put things out by the road to sell any more (other than my car, which did sell), but it is a quick way to get rid of useful things we won't use and that we don't want to bother to take to the thrift stores. almost everything we set out there is gone within minutes to a half hour - rarely longer than that.

it's a busy corner sometimes and would be a good spot for a vegetable stand, but it would take some work to get it set up right (with some parking). i think a person with the right attitude could easily recoup the expense of fixing things up. i just don't wanna do it here right now. maybe in some years after Mom is gone as then it wouldn't be a bother to her - she doesn't want to deal with people at all. i could do it, just would have to spend $ to fix up the north hedge and get that screwed up drain sorted out. once the drain is covered then i'd have parking available along that edge, and cleaned up and fenced between there and here to keep people from wandering into here (which they've done previously and is why there's fence now aside from helping keep the deer out). yep it could be done. not sure i'll ever do it, but a potential selling point...

um, yeah, chatty mood at the moment. :) :) :)
 
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That fact about my hat is amazing!! Who knew?!?!?

if you ever get one of those aggressive ground bees coming at you, their sting can hurt but not nearly as bad as hornets/wasps/bumblebees (which can all sting more than once) you can have them really divebombing you and they're really hard to knock down (at least i couldn't do it - Mom seems to have the knack as she was able to knock two of them down after i'd come inside and given up for the day). the most annoying and dangerous thing was getting them in between my glasses and eyes. stinging or trying to sting, i dunno, but in running with that happening i could have really hurt myself tripping over something (aka klutzoid move).

and the tough thing is that i don't know what soap or solvent will remove the scent they are picking up on. i haven't done research on this yet, but it doesn't matter what i've tried so far...


My "bad botox" lip has gone down. I think I got a little bit naseous yesterday afternoon. I had a seller's package to witness in the morning, scanbacks, then drop, and a little bit of grocery store shopping.
When I was leaving Aldi, all I could think about was getting home to take a nap.
I think it was bc of the bee sting.
I'm not good with naps, but I got a good hour asleep, and I feel back to normal today.

good deal. as a kid on a hot day i managed to get stung in the arm and hand by some hornets/wasps and while i'm not allergic to them i did feel faint and went and crashed out for a while. the pain alone may be enough to cause some reactions? sure hurt like mad...

glad you're feeling back to normal. :)
 

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Some tomato harvest in the last 2 days. The one with damage has had the damage cut off and is sitting in the fridge. I will probably eat that one later today, better than tossing it, since it is a good sized tomato.
The green tomato had fallen off, so I rescued it before bugs could get to it.
I planted More of my Cherokee Purple plants that I started from seed, than I remember.
July planted cucumber are up and looking for something to climb. This weekend I will cut some twigs from my burn pile of wood and set them up at an angle to get them to grow on the chicken wire.
Old seeds just take longer to grow. There were gaps with no cucumbers, but then, they grew.
Dunno What the big volunteer is. Still green and big fruit, but several are starting to change color. It's that funny green color you get before it starts to blush. Hope they taste as good as they look. I do NOT know exactly what type of tomato it is. They say that if you grow tomatoes long enough, and, like me, let the volunteers grow up and fruit up, you eventually create you Own type of tomato, and it could very well be thyat.
I have 2 volunteer tomatoes growing at ends of the corn fencing. I just tied one up this morning and it has flowers on it. We'll see what I get from them.
Got a little bit of okra. The okra planted on the 3rd fenceline row (big garden) is about a ft tall now. I expect them to produce for me by Labor Day and for about 6 weeks after that.
 

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Greenhouse was delivered...to the office...yesterday. 33 pounds, and I understand, it is 6 1/2 ft long. Taking my truck in today to retrieve it, then to Lowe's to buy wood for the inside corners for security. I will report back What I buy. I will ask for help bc I don't need Pretty, so any imperfections that would mar somebody's deck are acceptable, but I intend to bury each 2 ft deep.
I am hoping to buy a 12 ft long (4 x 4) post (that Lowe's will cut in half for me, which is why I am shopping There), for the 4 ft tall wall, and buying two 8 ft long (4 x 4) posts for the taller wall (6 1/2 ft tall).
I intend to screw the wood to the wall and may even attach 2 x 4's in between 3 of the walls (not the wall with the sliding door.
Here is an interesting You Tube that gave me some very good ideas:
Posts,
Digging a depression, 1:`15/10:17
Self Tappong screws, 4:11/10:17
Insulation tape, 4:20/10:17

Glue
 

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Some tomato harvest in the last 2 days. The one with damage has had the damage cut off and is sitting in the fridge. I will probably eat that one later today, better than tossing it, since it is a good sized tomato.
The green tomato had fallen off, so I rescued it before bugs could get to it.
I planted More of my Cherokee Purple plants that I started from seed, than I remember.
July planted cucumber are up and looking for something to climb. This weekend I will cut some twigs from my burn pile of wood and set them up at an angle to get them to grow on the chicken wire.
Old seeds just take longer to grow. There were gaps with no cucumbers, but then, they grew.
Dunno What the big volunteer is. Still green and big fruit, but several are starting to change color. It's that funny green color you get before it starts to blush. Hope they taste as good as they look. I do NOT know exactly what type of tomato it is. They say that if you grow tomatoes long enough, and, like me, let the volunteers grow up and fruit up, you eventually create you Own type of tomato, and it could very well be thyat.
I have 2 volunteer tomatoes growing at ends of the corn fencing. I just tied one up this morning and it has flowers on it. We'll see what I get from them.
Got a little bit of okra. The okra planted on the 3rd fenceline row (big garden) is about a ft tall now. I expect them to produce for me by Labor Day and for about 6 weeks after that.
Do you ever eat bruschetta? It's a great use for ripe but damaged tomatoes because you gotta chop 'em all up anyway. We had some yesterday with different coloured tomatoes. Was delish.
 
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Ducks', you do what you and others think best but glueing the plastic to the glazing bars seems very strange to me.

I worked for years in and on top of greenhouses. Several acres of them and both wood bars and aluminum. Glass with putty. Broken glass, no problem -- scrape and replace with new glass and glazing putty.

I am not saying that it's best for your circumstances. Your structure may benefit from the strength of glue.

Steve
 

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Brought home my greenhouse and it is stored safely in the garage.
I purchased 2 landscape timbers, 8 ft long, and two 4 x 4 x 6 pressure treated lumber, and Those are stored safely in the garage.
I am ok with pre fab kits, but VERY good digging holes with my auger. I am also very good with my level, and I leveled out my area where I put my pavers by my firepit.
I plan to bury the P.T. lumber a little over 2 ft deep in the corners of the front which is 4 ft high, to accomodate the ~130 degree angle where the horizontal wall meets the roof wall, and bury the landscape timbers 2 ft deep in the corners of the wall that is 6 1/2 ft high. I will NEVER use cement but I will fill in the holes with gravel and dirt. Once settled the wood will stay upright. The only posts on the property that have sagged are where gates have been pulling them down. My collection of bricks should cover the floor after I put down vegetation cloth.
I also plan to drill holes through the aluminum and attach the finished frame to stabilize the 33 pound structure. I am also building about 4-6 inches west of the structure that my clematis climbs. That was created with 2 metal fenceposts and I can put an east windblock there as well as the wintertime west windblock.
This greenhouse is gonna be a roll of the dice for me.
The acid test will be the first big wind that we get after construction.
NOT worried about snow. This is south facing and the snow will melt.
Always fun to watch the snow come off my metal barn roof. It sits and melts and suddenly there is an avalanche.
NOT worried about insulation bc I can dump around it from the stalls.
 

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@digitS'
Are you familiar with "wiggle wire?"
Only as an item in the Farmtek catalog ;).

As energy costs went up in the 80's, we did cover the inside north wall of the greenhouses with plastic film for the winters. That didn't have to withstand wind and was just held on by bar caps.

It looks like Farmtek has gaskets for use with polycarbonate sheets. All new-to-me, Ducks'.

Steve
 

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