Time for an update!!
First, I managed to get some better pictures of the backyard.
Don’t get too attached though, it won’t look like this for long, as we have developed a better layout plan. We have created a Dynascape drawing of it, which will be posted for your viewing pleasure sometime next week.
One last thing in the pictures department:
And now for a status update:
Yesterday, Isaac and Brian went to this great place called Build It Green! NYC. Build It Green! NYC is a non-profit retail store that reclaims materials from demolition sites and sells them at half the regular price if they were new. They have a featured items section on their website, so you can see some of the best stuff they have right now. Here’s some of the fantastic things they’ve done:
- Kept 450 tons of building materials of out the landfill.
- Provided $250,000 of material support to other non-profit and arts organizations.
- Saved New Yorkers nearly $1 million on purchases.
- Provided a site for 120 green collar trainees in partnership with CWE.
So, Isaac and Brian went there to get lumber to build the stairs up to the roof. Once that happens, we’ll be able to lug our creations up to the roof to bring life to a formerly dead landscape. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein.
We have also constructed a dual chambered compost bin, based on a plan available for free on the internet. I will update when I have pictures and when I find out where our plan was from exactly, but here’s a great site with at least 15 different plans for DIY compost bins.
We also treated our bin with chemical sensitive, low VOC wood sealer, which means no harmful or toxic chemicals will leak into our compost, but the wood won’t decay!
So we’re hoping to get the stairs assembled within the next week, and then we can assemble the bins and get them filled with flowers to prepare for the arrival of the bees, which is May 7th – just two weeks away! We have a lot to do in not a lot of time…wish us luck!