Barn transformed into Vivero

viveroWe are mostly finished transforming and saving the old animal barn structure into a place that I now call the vivero, Spanish for plant nursery. The rusty metal was sanded and repainted. A new roof and gutters were installed and nursery tables were made out of the gates that used to separate different areas of the structure. Below are some pictures of where I now spend most of my free time.

We decided to roof part of the vivero with clear panels to let light through. In the above picture you can see part of the red bean crop that is drying.

We are growing several different types of native hard wood trees from seeds and seedlings found on the property. Some of the tables are used to start vegetable seedlings.

We made garden beds around two sides of the vivero. This way it is easier to control the amount of water given to the plants. The beds are now full of herbs, vegetables and flowers.

pile of reclaimed woodWe are also storing the reclaimed wood from the property and several types of compost and soil that Mario makes for us.

growing hydroponic lettuceMario recently took a class on growing vegetables hydroponically and he made a table for us to grow lettuce. Hydroponics is new to me but I don't think I will ever abandon growing food in dirt. On a different note... we have decided to have a new architect make house plans for us. We had some doubts about the most recent plans and decided to get a fresh view. I have a better feeling about the new architect and am hopeful he will design something wonderful (and within budget!) for us.