As it was the Queen's Birthday long weekend, I had lots of plans to get many tasks performed around the urban farm.
However, as the weather would have it, most of the stuff I wanted to do got compressed into one single day. Saturday and Sunday were cold, raining and miserable, but gave me time to work a little on the eBook and to watch a movie or two.
So lets have a look at what we got up to.
Suitably dressed for the cold weather and looking about as fashionable as I get at home, I picked beans. Managed to harvest a whole bucket, and laid them out to dry in the greenhouse. I will shell them next weekend and store for eating.
Kim and I put the finishing touches on the clay cob oven. We had procrastinated for far too long regarding rendering the besser brick base because I didn't want to use any more cement on it (high CO2-e emissions), so in the end, we found some spare outdoor paint and just painted it. The base came up a treat! We then finished off the rest of the grouting around the mosaics, and filled a few cracks in the outer cement shell. It looks great.
While we had the paint out, we made the wicking bed look prettier, and planted it out. We had a ficus tree that had become pot bound, so gave it a new home hoping that it will bush up and fill a large space.
We planted a herb garden around the base including sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. When bigger we can use the herbs in cooking performed in the cob oven!
We also did a general tidy up, because the space on the east side of the house was getting messy and unloved. With all the paint, and a bit of TLC, it now looks great. Just in time for a Pizza party for the sustainable living group next Saturday. It should be a great little shindig!