Greenhouse Progress

It has been a month of slow, subdued, steady progress.  I have been feeling the blessings of this Indian Summer; thanking thanking thanking the great spirits of wind which continually blow good skies my way.  These are a bunch of little ladies hand-made in Peru, gifted me by the eloquent and gifted Inca troubador Mirko Lamonte.  The red piece is a replica of the wooden piece used to call between mountain tops in the Andes.  The white lines being the Nazca Lines; another item for study if you have not already.  These items protect me while in travel, being blessed with good intention, having already been carried thousands of miles from South America!  These items will hopefully be finding their way back toward Mirko during the winter time for the planned Andromeda recording sessions.  Research the amazing musical history of eL AndrocefaLo; simply the Unknown Artist creating worlds and shaping the world through inherent visions and expressions from all sides of reality.

Of course the building in the back is the Armory in Providence, a beautiful place created during the Victorian heyday, in which now nothing happens of any particular interest or importance.  Hmm.

Speaking of benefics, before getting in to some pictures of the greenhouse, I must mention the terrific help I have been receiving from the Rev. Ed, “Zen” Hedge; in this week we put our nose to the grindstone, with one hand in the cookie jar, and continued on the great progress of framing the rest of this building in.  “Gainfully Unemployed.”  Blessed with Such Good Weather! Including the 65 degree Thursday, it has been a dream and a breeze moving along with construction.  Having built a proper repoire and building style together, we can focus on our specialties, speak what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.  Hedge is furthermore responsible for half the photos on this page.
Praise to the almighty “Bob” for bringing us together in this mighty of worlds.

The greenhouse itself has a large roof made all of windows and wood, which tilts back at an angle proximately 38degrees.  The proper angle for maximum sunlight is equal to the latitude, here about 41 degrees, but human influence also entered the matter, the back wall being just tall enough that people could hold it in place while the posts were kicked in beneath!  The front wall is made short, but if you come inside, you’ll find that it is quite easy to walk around in there…

A trench is dug down the middle, with beds available on either side.  The whole interior was spaced according to my arms length, how far I might comfortably reach to tend plants; the trench being wide  enough for two people to comfortably slip by each each other.  Comfort is Key!

Here are a few views of the interior; looking up at some fine blue skies there too!  The size of the greenhouse was also determined by these storm windows, which were offered to us by Yarrow, who has been a great help to us, also supplying electric power, and being open to this whole idea in the first place! He is the organizer allowing that there’s great graffiti rotating on those walls facing our plot.

There are nine of those windows in all, with three “Sections” containing three apiece.  To lift the piece, one of those sections was seperated from the rest, the other two were hoisted by eight of us, then placed on the front wall, which was standing in readiness.  The “Shark’s-Mouth” joint sits right on top of the sill and voila!  easy as macaroni.

The back posts were notched to accept the 2×4 rafters, and kicked into place at a slightly slanted angle, then surrounded by bricks and sand, packed down to steady their feet.  Four big posts, the only wood “purchased” for the project, from the home cheepot, at seven bucks apiece.  Other than some screws and bits, everything else has been had for favors or free.  That white post which will hold the door, was given from Waste Not Want Not as they cleaned out their store downtown.  Thanks London!  The white stud shows plumb in this picture.

Here is a shot showing some of the bricks we’ve been collecting for foundation material.  It is an amazing aspect of this project, that so much has been provided without need to look very far.  All of these bricks have been uncovered since Yarrow begin clearing the space.  Many I pulled out of the trench.  Apparently this plae was at one point an auto shop, because we’ve also pulled out used oil filters, much metal, taillights, wiring, and so forth.  Some of the dirt looks very black, and it’s hard to say if that means it’s rich or poisoned.  We aren’t growing out of that dirt, the beds are all lined on the bottom with plastic.

Here’s a view of the wall sitting on that foundation from the last pic. These big 2x10s will hold back the bottom garden beds!  You can see me coming through the door frame on the left, the rest of that wall we see will be filled in plexiglass.  Our next project is securing the top right corner (in this photo) back toward the ground, making sure the weight of the roof doesn’t push the front wall over!  I’ll be borrowing from some country fence-making techniques to solve that one.

Before ending here, I need to offer my greatest thanks for everyone who has come to help in this process, from design and inspiration to strength muscle and persistence; we had two great workdays in which we got the roof pieced together and the next week hoisted and propped up into the air.  I thank you all for begin responsive to my calls for help and being there as friends and growers.  I am so glad to have had this project put in to my lap!  We’ll all keep alive like this.

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Providence Months

It has been a long and fun-filled two months complete with activities of every kind.  Nina & I returned, staying in the impromptu art-zone that is Gerry’s Home.  Our millions of thanks and blessings for the wonder that is this man, inspiring an entire community to revolve around his place and his presence.    That’s why the garden is just two blocks from his place, in the old gold refinery on summer st.  Here we are at the Fertile Underground Communal Garden on Pearl Street, having our end of the season harvest party.  

Here are Brower & Dauna, enjoying the festivities.  Dauna has been the burning fire keeping the thing alive in garden-land; endless thanks!  I have been so amazed at what I returned to here in this decadant & decisive city.

Brower is a local luminary and elder of our group, who truly reminds us we are in the middle of a cultural and intellectual revolution.

I did my best to participate in the “fun-raiser” by offering on demand poetry and hand-harvested healthful teas.  Setting up a little booth, although clearly making the rounds as well, hovering in the far left in this photograph.  We had such a magnificent day, followed by an extended campfire session, which even accepted the approval of local authorities, who let it ride.

And now for some photos of the next project, for which ground was broken immediatley after, the Experimental Solar-Style Greenhouse!

This is a photo just after the roof was lifted & put in place.  Some window panes are missing, but have been replaced now, and I’m starting to feel the warmth in there.

Here is  view inside the structure.  A trench is dug in off to the left, so you step down inside this piece.

This was made almost entirely of salvaged materials, such as the foundations, made out of old bricks recovered from the site.  We’re reclaiming an abandoned lot here!

Let’s look forward to more great seasons!