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Archive for August, 2009

Raising the porch

We seriously worked at raising the badly settled porch this weekend. At one point of the life of the house, the porch was given a concrete foundation. This was probably done because the original foundation might have only been a stud wall. Based on what we can see under our neighbors porch. Our concrete foundation has settled quite a bit because the footing only went down 1 foot. Well, this is Wisconsin and frost will go down way further than that. So why now, one might ask, don’t you have other projects, like the roof. Exactly, the roof. The porch roof ties into the main roof on one side and since we need a new roof, we need a level roof. So anyway, here’s the picture story:

I am still amazed at all the work we have gotten done this weekend. Thank you to our friend A. Without him and his brute strength, we would still be chiseling away at the concrete.

And we still have quite a bit of work to do: dig out concrete where the third pier goes in the middle. Pour third pier. Dig out rest of the concrete and dispose of it. Put in new corner posts, sill beams and new joists crossing the old joists. And then all the cosmetics.

It feels good to know why you hurt so bad at the end of the day.

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First tomatoes

It seems like tomatoes have been getting red really late this year. I am already battling blight and haven’t had a harvest yet. But finally last week, I spotted some red.

First sign of red.

First sign of red.

And then on Thursday, I just couldn’t wait any longer:

Two yummy Cherokee Purple tomatoes

Two yummy Cherokee Purple tomatoes

We ate them right away in a salad with basil and balsamic vinegar. Tasty.

Maybe due to the wet and cold we have been having, Wisconsin CSA and commercial growers have identified late blight on their crop. Here’s an article. I’ll have to do some research to better understand the difference between early and late blight.

The cool weather has been good for some plants, like brussel sprouts and peas started a second flowering. And we have lots of peppers, carrots and cukes. I also spotted eggplants. I can’t wait.

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