Getting Things Done

How’s everyone doing? I’m so sorry for not posting more often, or consistent. I’ve been trying to find that happy medium between working, homestead projects, YouTube, and my blog. The mornings that my hubby wakes up before any other creature, is when I feel most inspired…weird.

The hubby is working part time now, and I have been doing homestead projects on my own. Some are easy, some not so much. I’m the type of person that likes to get outside, and work. However, when it’s a project that I’ve never done before, it’s no longer a project…it’s a challenge. Bring it on! I’m not afraid of a challenge. All I can do is try my best, and learn how to do better next time.

My challenge this time was putting up a hoop house to help protect our tomatoes. It wouldn’t have been a challenge if it were a small hoop house. Our garden space is pretty small, and we had 2 rows of tomatoes. There wasn’t enough space between the rows, so it made more sense to put up a hoop house over both rows. This would require 2 10 ft pieces of PVC pipe to reach over both sides, and giving us room to walk under it. Oh yeah, we had plenty of room to walk under it, it ended up being approximately 7-8 ft high at the peak. It wasn’t a hoop house, it was a high tunnel green house!

The challenges? Let’s talk about that for a minute. I’ve never put a hoop house up before, I’m vertically challenged, the ladder doesn’t work well on uneven ground, and I can’t read a tape measure. It did make a good video though.

In fact, being left alone to tackle projects on my has created the opportunity in more videos for our YouTube channel. That’s exciting! I love it when I’m editing, and find footage of Stu being goofy that I didn’t know about. Of course, it stays in the video! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link.

Stu did give me advice on how to tackle this. He also helped me put up the first couple ribs of our hoop house skeleton. The next day, I walked down to garden with confidence. I managed to install the remaining ribs, except for one. I was trying to go about 4 ft between the ribs. Apparently, there’s a huge boulder the size of our mountain hiding just under the surface. Ok, I might have exaggerated a little. It was a huge rock or something preventing me from completing my plan. There was over an 8 ft span between these ribs, I needed to close this gap up. I tried 4 ft, and every kind of feet up to 6 ft. Nope! Not happening! I ended up going 2 ft, better than nothing right?

Now, it was time to cut the splines to go in between the ribs. This is where not knowing how to read a tape measure bites me in the you know what. I decided to place the PVC in between the first 2 ribs, and make my cut. It ended up being about 1/4 in too short, I didn’t accommodate for the blade of the cutter not being right up against the 2nd rib. This will haunt me for the next couple days.

When Stu got home, we tackled the plastic together. I had huge issues with the ladder on the uneven ground, and working in a small space doesn’t help. I managed to get all the splines in, but didn’t want to attempt covering our hoop house skeleton by myself. We completed the job without having to use the ladder, must be nice being tall.

Good news…Over the next few days, I was able to harvest more ripe tomatoes, and had more on the way.

Bad news…Remember the first spline that I cut too short? Well, it kept falling out, and the wind was doing it’s fair share in destroying our tomatoes safe place.

Can you guess what my next project is? If you said fixing the hoop house, you’re absolutely correct. But, this time I did it all by myself. Of course, I wasn’t planning on taking the plastic all the way off. I did want to move it a little to have more overlap over one of the ribs. I removed all the clips which invited the wind to swoop down, and blow the plastic off. I did manage to fix it all by myself!Check out the video above.

The moral of this blog is this…don’t limit yourself. There’s a lot that I don’t know how to do, and I’m learning. Just try your best, and learn from your mistakes.

Until next time!

5 thoughts on “Getting Things Done

  1. Loved the you-tube, was I supposed to laugh I’m sorry I laughed, lol. only because I can relate, the wind, the ladder, the getting stuck, the cat the dog is only way to learn, as exhausting as it is. So glad you have excellent tomato crop they better taste good for all your hard work. You are both a huge inspiration thanks for sharing.

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    1. Lol! I hope you laughed! I leave stuff like that in to make people laugh, it’s my way of helping you have a great day 😂
      I’m only going to have about 3 quarts of tomato sauce, but that’s ok, it’s a learning experience. Good practice.

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