I have set the goal of putting in a vegetable garden in my backyard. Ever since moving to North Portland I have thought about growing my own vegetables. When I started planting flowers in my yard I discovered how much I enjoyed watching them grow and bloom. Reading In Defense of Food further strengthened my resolve to enjoy the fruits of my labors. So last September my parents helped me clear out the northwest corner of my backyard. Since then I had assembled the building materials, all that I needed now was to put it together.
Going for a hike Saturday was a calculated risk. The weather forecast for the weekend called for sun on Saturday and rain Sunday. I figured I much rather risk getting soaked in my backyard than in the Columbia Gorge. As it turned out, it did get a little muddy and wet as I was assembling, but it wasn't more than I could handle. The tough part was that the plastic recycled lumber proved to be tougher to drill than I expected. This drained the batteries of my power drill faster than I could charge them. Thankfully my neighbor Gene came to the rescue and loaned me his drill. In the end I was exhausted, lining everything up by myself was a lot of work. But I had successfully put this phase of my garden to bed.