Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Re-using and Planning and Being a Worry-Wart
In fact in the last two days I've set him to work on an old cupboard door that's been hanging about here for a few years. I've been hankering for a bench in my kitchen. And Monkey Man reckons he can make one using recycled timber. So he's been removing the paint from a cupboard door that once hung in our house. We reckon it's from the 1920s and it'll look quite good. Maybe. If he doesn't poison himself and worry me silly with his reckless ways with sanding and scraping lead paint in the process. Which brings me back to this rubble pile down the side.
It's a waste of space that could be planted out. You can't tell from this photo because it's taken in the late afternoon but it does get a fair bit of sun. At the moment. Next door is a vacant block owned by our neighbour Mr P. and currently housing those rascally goats. But one day they plan to build on it. Three two-storey townhouses. So there'll be less sun one day but still enough to grow things I think. I've been wondering, why not clear it up and make use of it while I can?
Trouble is I am a worry-wart. And there's been a lot of lead paint flaked off from bits and pieces down that side. And I'm worried about the soil being contaminated. Of course, not worried enough to do a test or anything - I'd rather worry than actually find out the facts. (Remember what a worry-wart I was about this). Anyway, I did do some googling (as I do) and apparently flowering crops like beans and tomatoes and squash tend to take up less lead from the soil. So maybe I could prepare for next spring. Or I've been thinking about espaliering some fruit trees along the house wall. Or even growing some trees up the fence side. And maybe I should put some raised beds for veggies in there. That'd stop me worrying about the soil and would prevent Wokee the puppy from destroying them. 'Cos this is her run when she is not being supervised in the rest of the backyard. And maybe this'd be the spot where I can grow some asparagus. I've been longing for asparagus ever since reading about them all over the place on your blogs. But until now I didn't think I had the space.
So what do you think? Suggestions gratefully considered.