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!
Lanie at Edible Urban Garden says
The cob oven & wicking bed freshly planted both look great. Nice paint colour too. We are planning a smaller pizza oven (because everything here needs to be mini-sized to suit the land size), so I have been reading back through your cob oven construction posts. Thanks – it is making our planning and researching much easier.
Gavin Webber says
No problem Lanie, happy to help out!
Nice relaxing weekend! You’ll have to call that wicking bed with the herbs in it the “pizza garden”.
Gavin Webber says
Thanks Dawn, what a great name! x