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building deep beds


Although the rainy, cold, west-coast season has arrived, there’s still a lot to do on the farm.  The chill in the air has made it harder to get motivated to go outside, but the heavy rain held off long enough on saturday for Chris and I to get a second deep bed built (he did the building – I just helped hold things in place :).  Two down, two to go!

We got a great deal on some beautiful yellow cedar which is what we’re using to build the deep beds out of.  Our initial plan is to have four deep beds.  We’re building them north of the barn and chicken coop.  The soil in that area is already rich and healthy and it’s the highest point of land on our 2.5 acres which means better drainage than anywhere else.

We have a really great visual in our heads of what this section of the farm is going to look like when it’s complete.  In addition to the deep beds, there will be a large trellis arch holding up our kiwi vines.  Built in below the trellis will be benches and a large feasting table so that come next summer, we’ll be able to feast in the garden, from the garden.  We’re also planting our red japanese maple tree in this area, building a better composting system, rabbit hutch and greenhouse.  It’s going to be quite the transformation!  Still lots of work to do :)

For now, it’s a dark, rainy monday morning.  Here’s to being productive on a farm when the weather gets yucky!


building the trailer bedframe


So, my parent’s came out to the farm a couple days ago and my dad built my bedframe into the trailer. So exciting! We decided to build my bed up at the front of the trailer in order to keep the back as the sitting/ eating area. We removed the driver’s seat (the passenger seat was gone before I got the trailer), and my dad built a platform for my mattress up on the elevated driving area. It’s not quite done yet – it needs some more wood slats put in, but you’ll get the idea from the photos. We’re going to add foam at the foot of the mattress and to the side to make it a bit bigger and to fill out the space. I’m downsizing from a queen mattress to a twin so I’m taking every little bit of extra that I can.

There’s room for storage space underneath the bed and the dashboard will become a kind of ‘trailer chic’ bedside table. Oh – and we can’t take the steering wheel out (at least not very easily), so that will also be a fun little piece of built-in trailer decor too. So funny. 

Now that the bedframe is mostly in, it’s a lot easier for me to visualize the whole front area.  Can’t wait for the decorating part!