The roof of the old potting shed was due for replacement this coming year. But this winter's storms made the matter urgent. Some areas of fiberglass blew off and had been replaced by a metal strip. But heavy rains were leaking through along the whole length of the shed where the lights are hung. Something had to be done if we are to begin growing our plant starts next month!
The tarp and rope were lifted onto the roof of the potting shed. We attempted to get the rope tucked against the barn wall but a protruding vent prevented a complete connection.
A long board was pushed up as far as possible against the barn wall between the folds of tarp. The dedicated heroes were up on ladders in the now-resumed rain, heads shoved under the musty old tarp, muscles straining to get it as tight as possible.
Sylvan put out a call for volunteers to put a tarp on the roof. Phil, Brian and Beryl responed. We located a huge old tarp (now soaked with rat pee--phew!) and unrolled it.
After some creative group planning, we folded the tarp over and ran a rope down the fold. We looked like a tug-of-war game while the rope and tarp were pulled taut.
There is still a small gap against the barn wall, but we have high hopes that the fix is "good enough" to last until better weather allows a complete replacement of the old roof.
Helen is a member of our day-to-day garden team The Piglets (long story). She spends lots of time in the potting shed starting seeds and nurturing seedlings. She is very interested in saving seeds. The Judiones is one of her favorites.
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