Here at “Renaissance Ronin” we’re looking for excuses to do “manly” things, since our wives made us stay up all night making “seed tapes” for another project of ours:
That’s because… lately, somebody who shall remain nameless… talked me into making “seed tape,”and like an idiot, I mentioned it to my wife. So now, (robbed of “the seeds are too small for me to see” excuse) I’m tasked with starting all the seeds.
I’ll get you for that, Alina. I swear I will…
Oops. I wasn’t gonna “name names”… Oh well!
(Man… my “I’ll get you” list is getting longer, lately… Hmmm…)
You see, when we’re not dreaming and scheming all things ISBU, we’re thinking about what, or sometimes even WHO we’ll eat next. Because the only thing worse than a “houseless Daddy Ronin,” is one with his stomach grumbling.
Well, starting seed in March requires a little ingenuity, since the weather is sneaky here, and it can turn on you in a second. Here in coastal Mississippi, the weather is just downright demented. Last night it dipped down into the frosty part of the thermometer to the point where your breath almost clouded. Then, this AM it rained, then it got bitterly cold, and now… it’s 64 degrees and it’s headed back down into the thirties tonight.
Talk about a roller-coaster. Mother Nature must have missed her meds… again.
So, I started thinking about building a small greenhouse, but because I’m frugal as “all get out”…
(And people frequently tell me to do just that… “AL! GET OUT!“)
(And no… about the “frugal” thing… it’s not a “JEWISH” thing… It’s a “POOR” thing, so just stop it.)
I have a bunch of left over PVC Connectors. And, I have a bunch of leftover PVC plastic pipe.
And… what could possibly be more “manly” than plumbing?
So I thought to myself;
“Self… I ain’t up to “bare-fisted shark wrestling” this week, so… what kind of mischief can I get into before the fumes from the PVC glue overtake me?”
And, Voila! Then it came to me like a blow to the head with a cast-iron skillet…
Here’s what I’m going to do:
C’mon, you guys know how I am about “recycling and repurposing” stuff. I mean, really…
WHY? Because I just happen to have some of that “plastic on a roll.” It’s see thru, and a little bit thicker than the stuff they wrap your new VCR or DVD Player in, from the factory.
Then, I’ll build some benches to plant in (using recycled wood, of course), and run a waterline up inside one of the “legs” of the PVC structure, so I can water the plants now, and then water the chickens later. I’ll just build it so the whole thing runs off a garden hose attached to the greenhouse/coop, wherever it gets dragged to in the yard.
I’ll run an extention cord up “the other side,” so I can install (2) overhead CFLs’s, to allow work after dusk…
I might even put “garden cart” wheels on it, to allow it to be drug all over the place without it rubbing on the frame when it gets moved.
Easy, easy, and it shouldn’t take more than a weekend. He said.
To firmly anchor it to the ground, I’ll just use u-shaped coat-hanger wire, pushed down over the frame at the bottom, into the ground. I may even add a few tent pegs to it, just for insurance.
After the seeds get off to a good start, I’ll take the plastic off the sides, and then throw some chickens in there for Joshua to torment. I’ll just throw some dark plastic over part of it, to give them some shade…
And since we’re talking about PVC and gardening…
Don’t blame me.. or even Alina… blame this lady:
Yeah, I could have done it out of an ISBU. But have you ever tried to drag an ISBU across the yard? Huh? Well?
I didn’t think so. Hmmmmphf!
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