Monday, August 15, 2011

Slegg lumber is almost as much fun as Lee Valley

Allan and I went to Slegg Lumber to buy wood for my raised berry beds. I chose 2x6" spruce that will be stacked so the beds will be a foot deep. They showed me where some free pallets were, so we picked one for the third side of the compost bin. Also had some pieces of rebar cut to eight foot lengths to be permanent stakes for the dwarf fruit trees. That will be a nice project for next weekend.
This is so exciting. I feel like a kid at Christmas. Okay, speaking of Christmas...the other day Allan and I went to Industrial Plastic to buy a plastic bin for the dry organic fertilizer that I make. Out front they had several rain barrels. I literally stopped in my tracks and said "ooooooooooooooo, I really want one of those for Christmas!! He said, "Okay, who are you and what have you done with my wife?"
After the wood buying binge we stopped by my sisters place to pull out ten pounds of beets courtesy of "compost guru Jim". He told me to help myself. I'm going to make pickled beets this week. My grandmother Mary used to preserve everything they needed for the winter. She had a cold room in the basement. You opened the door, and there were shelves and cupboards around the whole room. There were several bins that were full of potatoes, onions and carrots(?). I remember the smell of that room like it was yesterday instead of 45 years ago. I still miss her, she was the most beautiful being that ever lived on this planet.


  1. Erin! A water barrel!! Such a familiar sight as this is the only source of water we have on Lasqueti Island.

    You have a whole new perspective of a "rainy day" when that is all you have. Plus you really learn to appreciate Nature and all she provides.

    LOVE your Blog!

  2. Where do you get your drinking water? When do you think you'll move up there?