Keybank: Unlock Your Possibilities.
Just kidding! At this point, we still have no major corporate sponsorship, even after we offered up naming rights to the chicken coop. If you're interested, we have very reasonable rates.
No, what you're looking at here is UNLIMITED FREE TARPS! Let me explain:
We've been tossing around ideas of what to do about the tall, invasive grass that has weaved a thick carpet over our future garden area. Newspaper, burlap, mulching and green manure were all discussed, but each of those options would require a significant amount of labor on our part, and would still leave us spot weeding. Since we won't be doing any major planting until next spring at the earliest, we thought it would be great to tarp the whole garden, kill the grass this summer and then start claiming our beds and rows. But where oh where to find 3,000 square feet of tarp?
In a spark of brilliance, Christy remembered a theatre she was working at, with not enough money in their budget, getting used billboard vinyls to paint for their backdrop. See why I like to keep her around? We simply called up Seattle's rep for Clear Channel Outdoors, who, after hearing our plan, told us to come pick up as many as we wanted! We took seven tarps, averaging 20' X 60'. In total, we got about 8,000 square feet of really durable vinyl tarps. Just by asking! AND they welcomed us to come back if we need more. These will be invaluable when it comes time to building the house!
It took two and a half billboards to cover the garden. After taking a lot of goofy pictures, we put the tarps advertising-side-down. Hopefully we didn't pick the day Google Earth photographs our land... I did leave one Amtrak billboard face up because, well, nobody cares about the railroad anymore. After staking everything down (using the leftovers of our deer fencing for stakes. How's that for thrifty?), I used a pry bar to poke several hundred holes in the tarps, so as not to create a giant slip-n-slide and soak the land below the garden, which is wet enough as it is. I'm hoping the drain holes will also help to keep the top soil healthy below the tarp.
Notice the grapes we've planted along the fence?
As you might have also noticed in the pictures, we finally put up all of our deer fencing. We then installed the doors that lead to the garden, and started building the trellis / pagoda / entranceway around them. I'm not sure what else will happen to it, but I want a couple more out-of-place salvaged items worked into it. Suggestions are always welcomed.
And finally, there's the door into the chicken run, which we're both very smitten with! What were we thinking? We should have all the chicken wire up by tomorrow, which will complete all of our fencing for a good long while. Phew!