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Custom Classic Construction, Inc.
Since 1985

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February 26th

Ran for more lumber and bought a Kubota (more on that later)

I did not work in the greenhouse but Jim did.

He charred 3 sections of 12 ft X 12" and a 5 ft X 12" for the southeast side of the center bed.


Northeast section removed and ready for install of new boards.

He also dumped the manure out of the buckets It is still frozen but hopefully will thaw faster in the beds.




February 25th

Except for the removal of a small bed on the end of the run ( it is still frozen solid) the south run of  beds are done  and ready for a layer of composted manure which is still frozen solid in the barrels.. 


The south  and east side of the center bed is  ready for new boards. There is no need to remove the soil. The weeds are manageable The beds  just need to be amended with peat moss and manure. 


February  24th

Started the day with a trip to Altamont Agway to pick up 12 - 3.8 cu. bales of peat moss

Raked the pea stone out to level the walkway.

Then worked the rest of the day shoveling the soil into the screen  cleaning out the weed roots and stones. We also amended each of the beds with  1/2 a bag of peat moss. 4 1/2 down and 2 1/2 to go on the south side.

We still have to top each one with some well decomposed manure, The manure was moved into the greenhouse a few days ago but as of now it is still frozen solid.

The north center bed is almost back to level.

Tomorrow we will tackle this mess which coming from the south west corner of the greenhouse has lots of frozen chunks to deal with.


February 23rd

All of the boxes are charred and ready to install.


Laid out out the weed barrier and Jim started installing the new beds.

I followed by screening the soil back into the beds.




February 21st -22nd

The last 2 out of the last 4 beds were frozen making for a long process. I chipped away and got it done

The lavender plant ( 1ft by 2 ft block )was frozen solid. It was so heavy it took the two of us to carry it to the center bed.

The Lavender along with the Thyme and Oregano plants will be moved to the edge of orchard in the spring.


In the meantime Jim kept building boxes 


February 20th

Ran for enough lumber to do the south wall. The bed boxes are going to built using a double stack of 2" X 6 ft pine

All the materials are inside and ready to go"

Jim assembled the first box 

Then charred  the inside and bottom of the box to help prolong its life.



February 19th

Time to replace the frames on the raised beds in the greenhouse, They are going on 11 years and showing major signs of rot

First thing to do is dig out all topsoil and the pea stone between the beds


We mounded  the soil into the center bed. It will get sifted and amended as we shovel it back into the beds

In just a couple of hours we were able to get half of the south side ready for the rebuid




February 8th


It is days like today that remind me of  how much my Mom and Dad enjoyed winter. No wind with crunchy snow under my feet  a beautiful sunny blue sky and no where I had to be. A day to work on outside chores, play with the dogs and listen to the birds.


February 6th

Started the day by baking some rolls:

I used my favorite recipe   FRENCH BREAD or CRUSTY ROLLS on our RECIPE page:



Spend a few hours in the shop working on projects I have put off for too many years.

 Finished grinding off years of surface rust off of our little wrought iron porch lamp.

 Then moved on to grinding off the surface rust a plant stand Jim made for me when he first purchased his oxy acetylene torch set up in 1978. 

Both projects are ready for paint.

And lastly spend an hour gently chipping off peeling paint on my "Nana's"  very comfortable  rattan porch chair ( dating back to the the early 1900's).

 My sister has the end table that went with it.

February 2nd:

When the storm wrung itself out we ended up with 13 inches of snow.


January 30th

Looks like I have a great germination rate on the onion seeds"















January 28th:

Onion seeds are already starting to germinate

I do hope that this means we  are going to have a productive growing season.


More pepper seeds have popped:


Happy little seedings :

Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kohlrabi and Iceberg Lettuce

While outside winter is still very much here:

I apologize for the "not so great" picture.

I only ventured as far as the deck to snap it this morning.


January 23rd

Back to work on the Tool shed.

 We finally got our lumber for the siding 

We recycled the old garage door window section that has been stored in the attic over the shop for 30 years. 

The window swings up to a eye hook on the ceiling.  

Still have lots to do but we are making forward progress once again.

Back in the house The seedlings are starting to germinate:


Once the lettuce gets it first true leaves I will plant another 6 pack  to keep a constant supply this spring.


I also always plant my pepper seeds Very early since it takes them forever to start to germinate. To my surprise I have a few starting to come up:

Yesterday I planted Wala Wala , Ruby Red and (new to me) Cebolla Granex onion seeds:

January 15th 

During the waxing moon (aka New Moon ) it is time for me to plant some above ground cool weather vegetables seeds.





January 1st

Happy New Year!