And FINALLY, #1
How To Grow Your Own Clothesline
After building the greenhouse and tearing down the clothesline, I've been "making do" and putting up ropes all over the place to dry my clothes. K-ster said he'd make me new posts, because he hates walking through my clothing traps that I put out, and I finally planted them today. Here's a step by step manual for growing your very own clothesline.
You have to figure out what you want to use for posts and then either convince someone to make them for you, or buy them pre made. The already made kind cost a fortune, so if you're willing to trade your kid for posts, go right ahead. Otherwise, I recommend the build your own variety.
And I probably don't have to say that if you are going to use pressure treated posts, you better high tail it out of here right now. Those are the devil's very own words and I will not use pressure treated wood under any circumstances. I will rebuild the damned thing myself when it rots, rather than use pressure treated and grow a third arm before I'm 40.
I chose cedar posts because they are supposed to be fairly bug resistant, by nature. I do suspect that even cedar is treated with something, but everyone swears it is not. I'd like to suggest these people lick them right in front of me to prove a point, but I do have some manners.
Then you have to choose your location. I'd always had my clothesline here, but the greenhouse necessitated the removal of it. Ultimate sun exposure is imperative. There is also a need for a good breeze. I always had both, no matter the season, so I really wanted to put it back where it was. I think just behind the greenhouse, before you get to garden #2 might be a good spot. It might interfere this winter with the sun getting into the greenhouse, but who am I kidding? There is plenty of sun to get into that greenhouse! And it's our very own windtunnel right there, so I am sure this will all work very well. And the residual heat coming back from the greenhouse toward the clothes might be a big bonus in the winter.
All of this does require that you get very hot, sweaty- to the point of soaking your own shirt- and dirty. You also have to be prepared to almost dangle over a hole that is more than half of your own height, if you're under 6 feet tall.
If you are afraid of any of those words, then you should just stop reading my blog all together because many of my posts either mention most of those words or will induce your ownself to experience any combination of them.
|Step 3: Assemble the proper tools. A tape measure, a level, a sledgehammer (or tamper if you have one), a shovel and some kind of rake, unless you put the dirt on a tarp.|
|Step 5: Stick your shovel down there often to see just how much further you have to dig. It's important to check it after like every 5 shovel fulls in case you're there already.|
|Step 6: When you really think you might be there, get out the tape measure. Yeah, so it's not quite 48 inches, it'll do. Especially since I had hit rocks at that point that were going NOWHERE.|
|Step 9: Use the sledgehammer as a tamper when it's high enough that you can reach it comfortably.|
|Step 10: This step is the hardest one for me to accept. When you're about halfway filled, you have to water it. This will help everything to settle down and compact itself. I think it really just makes the wood already begin to rot. It makes no sense to me. And if you know anything about mud, it's pretty slippery, so how this helps compact it, I just don't know. But my resident post digger swears this is the proper way to do things. I did not do this as I put in the fence for garden #2 and you might be able to tell. Or not. I guess it would depend on whether you've made a living putting in fenceposts.|
And know that if push comes to shove, you maybe could do manual labor for a living.
And then laugh because two fence posts does not equal a day of manual labor!