March is probably one of the busiest months of the year for Acorn. Our seed business continues to require lots energy because of all the spring orders coming in. The garden is also starting to pick up steam as we prepare beds and sow seeds. We are also working on numerous side projects too. Here are some pictures:
One of the major projects we are doing is residing Heartwood, our main residence here at Acorn. We are replacing the upper half of the siding with new, sustainably harvested cypress trees. The lower half will be stucco with some kind of mosaic. The project has actually evolved to greater depths, and we have replaced our main doors and many windows.
This is our new bike shed. Hans made it recently just before he returned home to Oregon. He did a great job salvaging, using fallen cedar for posts, and old siding taken off of Heartwood. Now we have somewhere to put all the bikes we fix up!
The Chicken Coup now has a nice fence up, and a shady spot outside for the chickens to hang out underneath. We were initially having problems with dogs getting underneath the fencing, but it seems to be doing well now.
We are also involved in the last phase of construction in the Straw Bale building. Right now, we are constructing the earth floor, and preparing lime plaster for the interior walls. By the end of June, it should be basically complete. That will be exciting, because we are totally running out of rooms to house people in!
Hans also made us two new solar dryers. Sunlight will penetrate the glass and heat up the metal plating, and then the heat will rise up into the upper chamber. It is really useful for fruits, vegetables, herbs, and maybe even flowers.
I caught Irena weeding the strawberries and took a picture. Ooohhh, I can’t wait for those to start fruiting. I wonder if we’ll use the new solar dryer with some, or simply eat them all fresh.
I thought I would throw in some pictures of flowers too. We are already seeing lots of beauty, and it is just beginning. Soon everything is going to explode! Well, I gotta run, see ya!