Beans, Beetle, Heat, and Shed Wall - Sunday

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Riding the waves of squash. Yesterday was a bumper morning with 51 squash, way more than the prior day of 22. One day I am flush, the next I am not. The squash plants are almost synced in their production.

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Headed out while it was still cooler in the morning and picked the last of the Jade rows. I got about 9 pounds from them then picked the front side of the Monte Cristo pole beans which got about 7 pounds.

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After the picking I was able to get back to the shed. All the flooring got installed and fixed down with screws. I was able to get it mostly squared and there are only a few small gaps but those are over the joists so it is not just open air through the crack.

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Once the floor was installed I went to the lumber pile to load the truck with 2x4s. I flopped the tarp up and this monster came tumbling out. It is dead but also huge. The things still weighs a good amount so it hasn't been dead super long. The giant wood borer beetles like this generally aren't a threat to living trees, they like the dead or dying ones.

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Loaded up the lumber and drove it up to the shed.

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I cut down 12 sticks to 75 inches each for the back wall and laid out the top and bottom sticks with screws on center lines.

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The first section of the back wall went together nice and easily. It is so nice to have the floor available to build the walls on.

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The second section went together just as fast as the first then I set them in place and fixed the bottom with a few screws. I only need small supports on either end to keep it standing strong enough. I love having the wall up as it gives us a real sense of how big the shed will be. This is the lowest point in the shed and the back wall will be end to end shelving.

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This is my pile of old windows I have had for years. Originally I had offered on Craigslist years back to pick up any old windows that people did not want anymore. I got 4 or 5 people who offered up windows. I had built a sort of green house out of them but that got taken down after a year. I finally just piled them all out of the way but did use 4 of them for the chicken coop.

I found 6 windows that will be perfect for the shed and set them to the side. I need to know which windows I am using so I can design the walls.

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This is my plan so far. I use it more as a base to work from and make adjustments as I go.

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We took a break to head to the creek. I grabbed my thermometer from under the carport. In the shade it was 100F.

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I stood on the shed floor for a little while and the temp got to 118F in the sun.

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We went down to the creek and the nice cool water.

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80F was the temp at the tunnel. A 38 degree difference between the shed and the tunnel, two points only 100 feet from each other. It was a 20 degree difference between the shade of the house and the tunnel. Pretty amazing and I had been underestimating the difference for a long time.

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After dinner we spent a couple hours bagging 220 bags of beans. 110 pounds total and I still have some more beans in the cooler that will be for Friday. I have to pick more of the mixed colors today to fill out orders for tomorrow.

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More picking in the gardens, working on the shed, trying to stay cool, and checking on the bees is my day ahead of me.

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Ooh, I’m glad you got some creek time yesterday, it was a touch warm for sure.

The shed is coming along nicely, and I laughed when I saw your stack of windows, we have a pile rather like that lurking around here too lol!

I’m currently sitting on the deck we built Thursday, enjoying a bit of coffee and commentary before I head to work, hope you get a bit of chill time sometime today:)

New decks are nice! Congrats on yours!

It's hard to eschew the pack rat ways but I have them in check so I am primarily saving useful construction materials. It comes in handy too since I have many items floating around that I can recycle and reuse and not spend money on brand new stuff.

We were looking at the area I will be building stairs down to the creek while down there yesterday. The next lumber order will include the wood for it. It'll make it so we go down a lot more often.

Thank you! I am sitting on that glorious structure right now, enjoying this bit of cool overcast. Soo, nice!

Over the years reused construction material has been beyond helpful, I love not spending money, and I can't wait to see the new stairs down to the creek. I must admit, I am slightly envious that you have a creek. Okay, not envious, just super pleased for you, that is such a nice thing:)

Always so cool when the first wall is up!

That's one humongous bug!