Our new shade house
Finally, we have a new shade house and a whole lot more space to grow our increasing range of hydrangeas and other interesting plants. It has been a really busy week for Woodleigh Nursery, building the shade house ourselves with the help of our local fencing contractor, Maurice Salisbury. This house is bigger than our previous two at approx. 480m2.
Maurice arrived first thing Monday to thump the poles in; this is far easier than digging the holes and is far stronger. We are wanting this shade house to be both rabbit and bird proof as we have been having problems with rabbits nibbling some of the species, particularly the H. quercifolia’s, and H. Annabelle. We will also be growing trays of seedlings in here which the birds like to dig in, hence bird proofing.
So Tuesday was spent burying shade cloth. This involved hand digging a trench around the perimeter (100m), burying the cloth and stretching it 0.5m up the sides. Wednesday we started attaching the sides, Thursday we took a break from the shade house and laid concrete instead for the floor of our new potting bins. Friday we were back working on the sides and preparing for the roof to go on. Finally Saturday and Sunday the major job of fixing the roof on, thankfully the hideous winds we had had all week eased.
Our great children have been on site for most of the week, helping out hammering in nails, fetching tools, digging holes and entertaining themselves. As a treat we spent Sunday afternoon at the beach kicking the ball around, making sand castles, and paddling our Canadian canoe around the harbour at Port Taranaki.
Now we’ve got the big job of filling it. We will be using approx. 1/3 of the space for hydrangeas, the remaining 2/3 will be used for our new nursery venture which I will elaborate on in the next post.
Janica and Quin Amoore Woodleigh Nursery 300 Mountain Road RD 3 New Plymouth 4373
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