Repairing wind damage to metal roof on barn

We had a bad mess of wind that blew through and did a little damage to the roof on our old barn.   It didn’t rip the roofing off entirely but did pull most of the nails out of it.  A ladder, impact driver and metal roofing screws had those two pieces re-secured.  Many others had nails nearly pulled free.   

And here is the roof after a half pound of roofing screws had been driven into place.  The screws should hold up to the wind better than the roofing nails.  

Sawdust for the garden

We use sawdust in our Mittleider garden for our grow boxes and in our seedling trays.  Each year we top off the grow boxes before the growing season begins.  Today we made the trip over to a nearby town where a sawmill allows us to shovel our own sawdust for free.  They make pallets and are largely cutting inexpensive cottonwood trees for the lumber.  Any tree expect the black walnut provides a usable sawdust for a Mittleider grow box or seedling tray

 The sawdust is mixed with sand for both the grow boxes and the seedling trays.  For the grow boxes it is mixed at 3 parts sawdust and 1 part sand.  For the seedling trays it is 2 parts  sawdust to one of the sand.  Both are mixed by volume.  I’ll try and take some pictures that show the size of the particles.  Too large and too fine are both bad.

No idea how much wood they cut in a week, but this sawdust pile is massive, the picture truly doesn’t do it justice.