You're in for a treat!
*For anyone not familiar with my construction/building projects, I feel that you should know something - I build things, lots of things.....Some are kinda crazy, but work most of the time. Ha! Quite honestly, I probably get more enjoyment out of "tinkering" with stuff than the garden itself. Oh, it's true! There's nothing like taking some useless item laying around, then converting it into something that will somehow enrich our lives on the property (most of which are gardening related), but I always try to add a few signature twists to each to make them more interesting.
Anyway, now that things are cooling down a bit, you can bet that there's plans for all kinds of projects to take place over the next few months. The colder, the better - because I can always remove layers of clothing if I start sweating too bad. Yeah...i'll be outside when it's 15 degrees and loving every minute of it. Hehe...So, here's the list of things that will be accomplished throughout the cold months:
1. The 4ft x 4ft greenhouse will be completed, and put into action sometime around the end of October. I'm pretty sure of the control scheme i'll use to automatically ventilate it on sunny days, of which will consist of a couple of wheelchair batteries, a small power supply, 1 or 2 miniature motors out of a printer for a computer, some type of thermostat, and maybe a small cooling fan from an old computer. Yeah, it'll be pretty weird....the greenhouse itself will be utilized to overwinter the japanese maple trees growing in pots, and possibly some cole crops as well. It's according to what all can be put in it, I guess.
2. An access ramp for my parents' electric wheelchair will be constructed on the front of their house - which will require alot of hard work, but will allow them to enjoy the outdoors even though their legs want no part of it.
3. I've still got to build a new load bearing wall for their carport, and will of course use my 12 ton jack to lift the entire section of roof while the studs are put into place. This will be a piece of cake.....
4. Since there's an occasional need for a stick welder around here, i'm gonna build one from scratch. I'll take a couple of high voltage transformers from some microwave ovens that have been placed next to the street for garbage pickup, rewire the secondary winding of each, mount them in a plastic case that an old skilsaw came in, and add some cooling fans to the case that will keep the transformers from overheating due to the excessive current draw while welding. It'll be compact, easy to carry, and allow me to perform some lightweight welding from time to time. A homemade welding helmet will be constructed from a cardboard box too, which should be pretty funny looking when finished. Hehe...
5. Of course the coldframes will be put into action too, and I may just have to create an automatic opener for the second one. However, a cordless drill won't be used for the opener this time. Hehe....yeah, there's a different power tool intended for this one. It's gonna be pretty sick......
6. I'll be adding more landscaping timbers to the 4x8 box so that the finished depth will be 15". Also, at least 1 more 4x8 box will be constructed underneath the 24 ft. long trellis at the end of the property - at a finished depth of 15" also. This whole area will become the "happy melon" location in next year's garden, especially since the trellises are already there.
7. If time permits, i'll construct some removable (but sturdy) trellis extensions for the main raised bed. Trying to facilitate the endless growth of the tomatoes this year got pretty interesting, and i'll be more prepared next time around.
8. Lastly, the squirrel trap will be finished. The frame is already built, but I haven't settled on a door/trigger mechanism yet. Sure, a copy could be made from the various designs on the internet - but mine has to be unique. I know....kinda silly, but I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror if I copied someone else's design....
9. A trebuchet? (modified catapult) - it's possible, but only if I get bored. The other things are way more important right now.
Well, that's the list of things to be done around here over the next several months, and I hope you enjoy them.
Take care, and happy building!