So, the hail shelter had a couple of design flaws but they were easily fixed. First of all, it was really hard to put the top frame on with one person. And secondly, the duct tape just didn’t stay and the plastic came off the frame. So, I decided to use clamps instead. Now the plastic stays secure and when I want to take the plastic off, like if it’s going to be sunny for a few days, I can just unclamp it and fold the plastic up instead of trying to get the entire frame off the vertical pipes. Also makes it a lot easier to dump the water that collects on the top. Just unclamp one corner and it all comes down. Since we assembled this whole thing back in the parking lot/junkyard, it doesn’t have to be pretty.
This picture was taken in early June:
And these were taken today:
I’ve had such mixed results growing tomatoes here in Colorado! So I’m pretty happy that everything seems to be working out so far and I even have some flowers on my tomato plants.
I’ve also had some trouble growing anything flowery on the shady deck. These wildflowers are specifically for shade, tho and they’re doing great! I planted a couple other pots of them, too, a little later so I should have flowers all summer.
We’ve been wanting to build an outdoor bed but with the insane weather we have we weren’t sure what we could do that would hold up. Finally, the other day, I just had The Dange bring the couch futon outside. It’s not that heavy but it’s super comfy. Not the most swanky thing ever but it works great and since we bring it back inside when we’re done, we don’t have to worry about the weather.