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Monday, December 5, 2011

Shed Construction Update - Slow and Steady!

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What have I been up to in the garden lately...well...honestly, the only thing we're working on, at the moment, is the shed! We've made a fair bit of progress over the past few weekends. Luckily, it hasn't been raining too much over the last few weeks, which makes working outside much more pleasant. The frame for the roof is up for the most part and we have the layers of waterpfoofing and the root barrier on. Now we have to install the grid for the planting medium onto the roof and figure out a way to install mini-gutters for excess moisture.

I'm pretty pleased with how it's going so far, however, I'm thinking it's WAY too tall...when finished, it's gonna be around 8' tall! I honestly wouldn't care one way or the other, normally, but I'm afraid it will shade the plants along the foundation. Oh well...whatcha gonna do. Now, I'm sort of holding off plans for the front parking strips until this summer, when I should have a better idea of the impact the shed will have on the light in that area.

I can't wait to be able to stow away all those gardening implements that currently litter our driveway...including the wheelbarrow! Now, if only I can convince the city of Portland that our recycling/yard waste bins don't NEED to be the most eye-searing colors known to man ;-)

29 comments:

  1. You don't get tornadoes out there I'm guessing.

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  2. Yay for progress, looking good.

    As for the city recycle/yard waste bins, GOOD GOD...I've had that very discussion with no less that 3 people just this week. I especially enjoy the neighbor who leaves their bins at the curb all week, only pulling them in to fill and take back out the same afternoon. Then there are the other two who leave them parked where they shine like a big ole scab upon the landscape so when I look out any of the front windows that is practically all I can see. Also...why do they have to be so BIG, we have to move our cars to bring the carts up the drive.

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  3. Hey you'll just have to change a few things to shade plant. I just noticed those trash cans. Those are the ugliest things I've ever seen. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. Wow Scott that's a great shed! Are you putting plant on the roof too? The root barrier made a ring bell in my head...

    About waste bins... It's not Portland, it's worldwide I bet. In Venice we have blue, orange and yellow bins for paper, glass and plastic. I suppose they use those colours to help the 'litter people' find easily the bins when they noisily collect at 5 in the morning. Sgrunt.
    Alberto

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  5. Looks to be coming along nicely. Quite a job! Good luck, hope goes smoothly.

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  6. Benjamin: Hahaha...no, thank God! Portland doesn't get more than the occasional strong breeze ;-)

    Danger Garden: HAHAHAHAHA...I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates them....I sort of feel like a brat sometimes. YES...why do they have to be SO BIG...we have to do so much shuffling every week to get them in and out of place...argh!

    Sunray Gardens: hahahahahaha...aren't they awful!

    Altroverde: Totally...we are planning on planting a green roof (although I have no idea how I'll plant or maintain it...I will need a ladder to do it)! Good to know we aren't alone in our unsightly waste bins :-)

    Why I Garden: Thanks...I hope that too!

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  7. It is so exciting. I cannot wait until you get the roof done and planted. LOL!
    So much to plan and figure out for a shed like that.

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  8. It looks great! How wonderful to have a place for everything. It's amazing all the 'toys' we gardeners need! And I love the idea of a living roof. I was reading a book and this woman had used two layers of sod - one upside down on the roof, the other right side up on top of that layer. It sounded easy. Good luck!

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  9. Good job keeping up with projects through winter! Even with less rain and warmer temps than yours, we tend to lose steam on projects. And I wish we had yard waste recycling, in any color they choose!

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  10. Would that eye searing color be neon blue? I think I see some neon blue bins in your photo

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  11. what a exciting activity! I can't wait to see the final product!

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  12. Well done on your progress! I actually quite like the structure already, with those chunky wood, looking forward to the finished product. I think it's just the right height too, you'll be glad of the extra head room eventually :)

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  13. i've been out of the garden blogosphere for a while, it's great to see your garden again. The shed looks like a great minimal design. I hope you keep Norm working on it through this cold snap!

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  15. The shed is looking great! Xeric green roof is a great place for more sedums, salvia, and agastache. ;) Don't you know you're supposed to blend those bins into the surrounding landscape using the available plant color pallete? There are plenty of neon blue plants out there...

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  16. Looks like it's really coming along. Can't wait to see the shed in a year with a green roof.

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  17. Garden sheds are WONDERFUL! I know you will be thrilled to have your shed finished. We just got one this fall -- my husband calls it 'Janet's playhouse'.

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  18. Lona: You and me both!

    HolleyGarden: Seriously…I can't wait to have all those things in one place…especially since I won't be constantly running up and down stairs to the basement for them!

    Denise: Good point…you're so right…I often forget how lucky we are with our recycling here in PDX…we even have composting now!

    Tom: Hahahahaha…indeed!

    Malar: Same here ;-)

    Mark and Gaz: Thanks…and you're probably right…it's probably like houses, they always say you can hardly have too much space :-)

    Ryan Miller: Nice to see you, stranger! How're you doing?!? Oh yeah…I keep him busy.

    Landbohaven: Thanks!

    The Plant Geek: Thanks…that's what I'm thinking, too…I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get up there to plant/maintain them! Hahahahaha…I must have missed the design class on neon plants…drat!

    sweetly: OMG…me too!

    Janet, the Queen of Seaford: hahahaha…love it…yeah, can't wait to have it completed!

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  19. wonderful blog and great job

    Un saludo

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  20. Yeah. I can see the recycling bins in yours and your neighbor's yards. Wow. Glad you're making progress on the shed. Here's to more dry weather.

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  21. Shed looks great, and I obviously missed some earlier discussion about what sounds like a green roof. Cool!

    I have SERIOUSLY considered painting my various city bins - but then I'm afraid our hauler might not recognize them!

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