Thanks to Hoodline for the encouragement…
We are awash in cucumbers and squash…the tomatoes are just now beginning to ripen as it’s been a very cool summer. We’ll probably have abundant ripe tomatoes in October, judging from the very cool mornings here in West Oakland.
The new building is coming along quickly …hopefully finished by the end of this year. In the meantime, people who live here enjoy the gentle tap tap of neighborhood nail guns on a routine basis…When finished the new building here will provide solar lighting for the gardens and new storm drainage into the water table. Also, pathways and patios between the buildings will be upgraded…or redone with used brick and stones…some might not see that as an upgrade but this isn’t suburbia…and we often find ancient bricks and tiles in the gardens…often recycling them into pathways or yard art.
Finally….we started construction on The New Building, on or about June 1, 2016…after almost 2 years awaiting permits and crew. The CREW, the wonderful crew, is moving ahead at lightening speed. We are up to framing the second floor in less than two months. It is exciting to see this project finally take shape…go “in the ground” as we say in the building trades. The construction has altered our garden a bit but we are still producing our magical tomatoes…see pictures…!
We planted five stone fruit trees in fall of 2013…much digging and fertilizing with our “worm goo, chicken poop” and it looks like we’ll have a wonderful harvest in July-August.
Watering has been an issue here but much of our watering is now done with “recycled” water…shower buckets, etc.
We’ve also installed an irrigation system to avoid over watering…..
These little guys are happily increasing their number…and eventually ridding the garden of aphids!….one hopes.
There was an old, old single story, single car garage at The Ranch. It was a mess, the roof fell in years ago and the dampness caused the walls to buckle and fall. It defines imploded. But, storage space being in such high demand in the “urban core”….it housed old skis, kayaks, bikes, building material, recycling…tons of stuff.
So after much nagging and badgering…not my favorite; most of the detritus of apartment living is gone. I suspect that I will find some of what was there stashed in available corners, under staircases, etc.
What will come in place of this nasty old storage/garage space will be a gallery (very small) and workshop (also very small) and two tiny living studios…pictures to come…
May 2015 I await the Building Permit…submitted in February! Oh well, I guess they’re really really busy down at Building and Planning….
It’s April and our 2015 farm garden is just beginning after a winter mulch. A new irrigation system now being installed, water savings is what we hope to accomplish. Lots of people are giving up home farming to save water this year…We’re doing the irrigation system and will irrigate minimally at night. We also will recycle as much household water as possible.
This site, betweeen 1430 32nd St. and 1404-06 32nd Street, is the site of a planned new building. I have filed for a building permit and expect to start construction sometime in the late summer, early fall. The proposed new building is a two unit building and will house a small gallery and workshop on the ground floor, two small living units about. Another iteration of the “Shop House” idea….
Yes we have bananas…in Oakland. Amazing but true…this plant will die once the bananas emerge…it’s a wonderful spectacle the fruiting process, very dramatic.