Thursday, March 12, 2009

Green House Greening

When we moved to Deer Palace, there was a melding of our goods with some of the goods of another family member who had occupied the property for almost 20 years. The greenhouse was mostly used for garden stuff storage for the prior 7 years instead of for planting and housing plants. When we arrived in June, many wasps were in residence, and it would have been a suicide mission to attempt to exert any dominion. So, for the winter, it has looked like this: In addition to the items that were already stored there, our drying lavender harvest is in fits and bunches all about, Amilia's tricycle is hiding from the elements, and the hoses and outdoor patio carpet are filling up the available walkspace. Today we took back the greenhouse.

We removed all the items in there and lined them up in all available surrounding space. There are A LOT of terra cotta pots, plastic window boxes, starting trays, starting pots, wicker baskets, gravel, rocks, perlite, vermiculite, and various hand tools. Also, the greenhouse is graced by three thermometers and two windchimes. Okay, two thermometers. One was so decrepit from the years of heat/cold that it disintegrated when touched.
Those tricky wasps had at least 75 nests in there, and some were in places so tiny that I had to use a thin plant stake to stab at them and knock them down. They had moved in and gotten comfortable in their uptown condos and townhouses. Some had set up verandas and teeny tiny barbecues for entertaining guests. From the looks of things, some of them had gotten friendly with the black widows and in their drunkenness forgot about THE DREADED WEB. We wiped out all remnants of their summer parties, their incubating offspring, and took down the hibernating ladies in black. It was a massacre.

Next, to address the broken pipe of December vintage. The broken piece is the elbow that connects the faucet riser to the buried pipe, so digging was involved. A second piece is broken off the faucet itself, so that will also have to be replaced.
By the way, a wheelbarrow is an absolute necessity in achieving self-sustainability! Once the pipe and broken pieces were out, I had to drive to town with Amilia to the hardware store to find replacement parts. She loves to go to town, and to get a bagel at the coffee house on the way. I left the place as follows, looking a little more like a greenhouse:

Now, this is where the story ends for today. It took so long to get the parts (as we all know, the shape of parts changes at the exact time we have one break, so "that exact type is hard to come by" or no longer available. Three stores later, I have one that looks about the same, but it was too dark to try it until tomorrow.
Tune in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion, and to find out about my


One Creative Queen said...

Wow - do you hire out?? That was a LOT of work! Doesn't it feel good to have it all complete now?

I need to get that motivated. :)

SLColman said...

How exciting to have the greenhouse as a greenhouse!! I dream of having a greenhouse!! :)
-Stephanie at

Splendid Little Stars said...

greenhouse massacres and mysteries...will there truly be a conclusion?!
Oh, how fun it would be to have a greenhouse! looking forward to part 2.