Archives for category: Recycling

I’m preparing for the roof.   

But all the angles are off, and the used corrugated metal roofing needs right angles. I tried to get right angles and parallels from the start, but something has gone askew. 

Oh well, on the next warm, wind calm day I’ll lay them out and do the best I can. I don’t think anyone will notice. 

A coating of tar paint should lengthen the life span. I love the smell of it too. 

The next one too.  

100% wood tar.   

Round things  
There is a lot of dead ash and elm trees on the farm. They are gradually being cut down for fire wood. I help a bit and get some good logs for sculpting. 

The jet lag is slowing me down, but I’ve managed to get back work and do a little.   


I’ve gotten the backside half done, but now I’ve run out of old salvaged siding. I have some in the basement drying and found some more in the barn, and that might do it. Later I’ll go further and look for more. I’ve heard of a farm nearby that is tearing a building down and they want to get rid of stuff, so I may be in luck. 

There are also other jobs to do like prune the trees.

And tomorrow I’ll get back into making koji and miso. 

I saw a lot of cool stuff and met a lot of interesting people at the garden show. The NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

A stone slab mound

Rain forest garden  
Basalt pillars 

Hexagonal shed 

 Marenakos supplies stones to just about everyone 

Dan Robinson a bonsai master  

He had the biggest stones and wild bonsai and was my favorite.  

His juniper scrag gave me some ideas.

Biodynamics was represented – good dirt to stick your hands into, but I was suprised at the absence of other alterantive gardening groups.  

There was an excellent lactic acid bacteria pickling seminar by Erica Strauss  

 I learned quite a few new tricks -and bought her book.

And there was much, much more…




Yesterday we took a trip to Preston Washington, where among things, there was a fabulous stone company – Marenakos Rock Center.

There was a fantastic expo of stone building, stone art and garden art.  





I only wish I could take some home.

Some more vegetable cages 
Another wall 

Of old planks 
Not bad for the lazy days of winter. Now for a trip to the States and even more laze. 

It seems like a never-ending stream of holidays and in between days of eating, drinking, visiting, reading and lazing about. It’s time to get back to work, even tho today is a holiday too (epiphany). 

Back to work on the new/old garden shelter.   

Old boards from the farm mill we tore down a few years ago. 
They are very weathered but will probably last another hundred years. 
Under the eaves will be a good place to store garden tools.   

Compost number 5 started;

There was so much garden refuse left that I had to make another ‘loaf’ of compost. That makes 5 now – 2 for next spring and 3 for the year after. 

Some more kitchen scraps, potato peels, garden scraps, cow manure and black dirt are layered on one of this years composts. 

Top it off with leaves and it’s ready for two years of fermentation.