Since summer is here now, thought I’d review some updates on the lot from this rather cold but busy spring. Pictures below!
-I planted a medlar tree, a damson plum tree, comice pear tree, three varieties of currants, a strawberry bed, asparagus bed, and jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke) bed to the garden. Also built an additional two new garden beds, and spread a small mountain of compost and woodchips, 11 yards in total.
-I ordered a lovely used wood fired oven (Fontana Forni Gusto), which has been happily baking anything you can throw at it (at up to 750 degrees)- pizzas, bread, pumpkin stuffed with fondue, roasted veges, yum.
– I dug a huge deep trench and planted a bunch of nearly full grown bamboo around the hot tub, to add some desired privacy.
– I salvaged a truck load of alley bricks (dating to the ’20’s) that DC was removing while repaving the alleys near the lot- destined for the landfill. A little cleaning and they got repurposed into a new garden patio.
– Tony and I have been working hard to put up the new 288ft2 Studio Shed on the lot. Exterior is now completed and looking quite fine. Interior is fully insulated and drywalled, with just the final paint remaining.
– In the Studio Shed I put together a table- a custom milled 7’ slab of 2.5’’ hickory butcher block on a 1650 lb foot operated hydraulic lift- height adjustable for a coffee table, dining table, work table.
– To have a functional woodshop in the shed I found a great used Shopsmith (a classic American machine which must be one of the most versatile shop tools around). Also put in a welding table for the new MIG welder that’s about to get fired up.