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  1. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Yes - that's it. - S
  2. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    A little sore after a days work. And very glad I didn’t go for the 32’x80’ version. Lol.
  3. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    I put up the sidewalk posts for both end walls then one in the middle. I strung a mason line from one end to the other to make sure I got all the sidewall poles sunk to the same level. One wall done today.
  4. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    After the two spears were driven. I drove the pole. There is a cap you put on to protect the end. It went in pretty easy. S
  5. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Daughter #3 helped a ton. She said she could skip CrossFit today.
  6. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Next I drove the 1 3/4” spear to 32”, pulled it up and poured water into the hole again. This one is a beast. The metal top lasted 7 poles before I broke it off.
  7. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Then I pulled up the spear and poured water into the hole.
  8. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    A couple of weeks back, I had the excavator that put in the cistern grade the pad for the high tunnel. I laid out the 20x40 square and marked the locations of my sidewalk poles. A local metal worker built me a couple of spears. One is about 1” diameter and the other is 1 3/4”. I drive the...
  9. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    First step is to put up the sidewall poles. For this high tunnel, there are 9 on the each side, spaced 5’ apart. The posts are about 2 1/2” in diameter, 10’ tall and need to be driven to 32”. This is a major job for a man with a sledgehammer. yes — I know there are tools to make this...
  10. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    High tunnel is going up. As high tunnels go, this one is a modest 20’x40’, but it’s the first I’ve ever built. I’m guessing it will take me a couple of weeks and I’ll document the process here. S
  11. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Caution is much appreciated. They’re not under anything currently, so we’ll take steps to protect the tropicals. S
  12. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    My plan is to move the tropicals into the greenhouse when night time temperatures drop into the 40s. Pretty much all the rest i’ll overwinter in the high tunnel once they’re dormant. I’m mostly concerned about daytime temperatures getting too high inside the tunnel. So I’m using 50% shade...
  13. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Thanks Rockm. That’s very helpful! I appreciate your experience and advice. -S
  14. markyscott

    Did I just find an Elm tree?

    I’m guessing sweet cherry. - s
  15. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    My cup runneth over.
  16. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    They’re at the cottage in White Post where I’m living. I have deadlines - on average, the first frost in Delaplane is in mid-October. I need for all the infrastructure to be ready for the plants so that I can get them to their winter home. - S
  17. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Fence is done, gates installed and I‘ve started the high tunnel installation.
  18. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Fence is nearly complete, field is covered with blue mistflower, high tunnel arrived, a break to hike Mary’s Rock with my daughter (who dragged me up the mountain agin), and the water tank is full after a solid rain over the past couple of days.
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    Nova bonsai garden

    Took a break from fence making to take a helicopter tour with my daughter. Stopped at Natures Way on my way to New York. Missed Jim Doyle - hope to catch him on the next trip.
  20. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    This fence is meant to keep out cattle. Actually - I’ll probably run a strand of electric also. I am concerned about deer. We‘ll see if they bother the trees there - I don’t have anything behind deer fence now and haven’t had trouble yet. If it turns out to be the case, I’ll have to come up...
  21. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Fence progress, the high tunnel location is graded, and the first bench is done.
  22. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Hi. The access ports are at the surface, but most of the tank is well below the frost line. I won’t have to worry about it freezing. S
  23. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Here’s the model I went with. https://rainwatermanagement.com/products/wisy-vortex-fine-filter-wff150?gclid=Cj0KCQjwxveXBhDDARIsAI0Q0x0NWitEHCd_gqzhDxtOUozGNAnLkE-oV1DRD4TRfuTUgYueAt9EAbQaAgFnEALw_wcB
  24. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    I took several precautions. First - the roof is metal, not composition. So it won’t shed debris like an asphalt roof will be. Second, the building is out in the open with no overhanging trees. Third - all of the water from the downspouts is run through a vortex filter before it gets to the...
  25. markyscott

    Nova bonsai garden

    Lots of progress on the rainwater system today. Tank went in the ground Using 4” pipe, the system was plumbed into the gutter downspouts. The pressure tank and filtration system was installed. I’ll insulate this area under the stairs and keep a small propane space heater in there to keep the...
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