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Tomatoes in

It’s that time of year.

The tomatoes are installed in the greenhouse (today), and now I have to scrupulously keep the chickens out (lest this happen again), let the guineas in at night but not so soon that there are marauding chickens still about, keep an eye on closed/open doors for air and heat circulation, and watch the forecast like a hawk for frost temperature dips.  It’s a nervous time, while the tomatoes are still baby plants.

I swear planting is getting faster and more efficient every year though.

This is the transformational stage, between chicken winter habitat and summer food jungle:)

Ripening

The tomatoes are reddening up.  The chickens have even already gotten to enjoy some overripe ones.If all these come red at the same time, I’m gonna have a real glut. Despite the load of tomatoes on these, I’m disappointed with this variety (Earlirouge).  It’s like they can’t decide if they’re determinate or not. And the peppers are coming. And the eggplants seem to be doing even better than usual.

The first Silkie chicks are on their way.  Two so far, both white, and she has three more eggs.  There’s one tiny beak poking out there from under Daisy.  It’s always a surprise how teeny tiny the Silkie chicks are compared to full sized chickens.

Greenhouse, moved.

It was miserable, it was hard.  We almost lost it.  It’s over.  It’s been a rough week.

The verdict is in: it takes just as long to move it as it does to put it up in the first place; the few places where time is saved, particularly that holes are already drilled and not everything needs to come apart, are cancelled out by the places where it takes more time to undo and redo, like wrestling ribs onto pins that have been twice-pounded.  A nightmare.

In theory, a simple series of steps:

Undo all the wiggle wire, drop the skin off to one side.

Detach end walls and lay them down inside.

There’s the pile of associated crap- gutters, gutter mounting lumber, baseboards, doors, screen doors, etc etcPull up one side of mounting pins, and drive them again one greenhouse width to the side.“Walk” the greenhouse over like a 26 legged spider, dragging the endwalls along with.  Remount on pins.Reskin.  Stand up the endwalls.Do all the wiggle wire, reattach baseboards, doors, etc.

A simple series of steps…

In my head.

Hahaha!  Each step beset by setbacks, unforeseen time-consumers, irritations, and risk of injury.  Miserable.

In the space vacated by the greenhouse, the chickens moved right in for a good dirt bath. Least they’re having fun.

Then came the wind….