The first big job is done; namely, the excavation of a largish hole and a deep ditch leading to the house that will tie the greenhouse drainage into the house drainage system and carry electrical services and piped water out to the greenhouse. I hired a local company, Sawbuck Contracting and am very pleased with the work they did for us. The foundation hole was dug with a standard Bobcat, and then they dug the ditch with this smaller piece of equipment.
I’m sure that Richard from Sawbuck hears this all the time, but I love that little digger! It looks like just what I need to do all the back-breaking work that comes with a gardening obsession. Of course unless I win the lottery I can’t really justify the cost of buying one, but a girl can dream!
When we began making plans for greenhouse construction I told my husband that we should definitely hire someone with machinery to do this digging job. After he hand-dug my new garden last summer and injured his back in the process, I didn’t want him attempting this one. At first he agreed, and then he said that he wanted to give it a go. Fortunately, after removing the sods he realized how big of a job it was going to be so we called Sawbuck. Yesterday, as they were finishing up, he told me that I should let my blog readers know that he was very grateful that he didn’t have to do all that digging – it would have taken months and probably re-injured him.
Now we can begin setting up the drainage system and bringing out services from the house before we form up and pour our foundation. In the meantime I’ll do my best to avoid falling into the drainage ditch when I go out after dark to put my chooks away!
I’m expecting delivery of the greenhouse itself next week but it will be going directly into my garage for storage. I’m sure that despite a commitment to taking my time with this greenhouse construction project, once I have the greenhouse here I will be very motivated to get cracking on it. The thing is, with an incredibly busy spring looming I need to curb my enthusiasm – I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.