FICC Transformation Project October 2, 2016

It seemed like there was very little progress after a month of sporadic work, but this isn’t surprising considering it took almost an hour to pick up enough river stones on the lower bank to fill two five-gallon buckets. Additional work on Sunday, October 2, 2016, included dumping more dirt on the lower bank and… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project October 2, 2016

FICC Transformation Project September 26, 2016 “Continuous Improvement Plan”

After a few weeks of showing up to do sporadic work and provide input on outdoor improvements, the FICC Building Committee Chairperson requested an actual commitment. I distinctly remember sitting in the Chicago airport waiting to board a plane when I was asked to lead the “grounds activities” at FICC. With a full-time job that… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 26, 2016 “Continuous Improvement Plan”

FICC Transformation Project September 24, 2016

On Saturday afternoon, most of the lower wall was rebuilt. To address the erosion problem, there was an idea to clean up existing river stones and use them as a natural pathway for water runoff from the upper wall, parking lot and neighboring property. Due to the steep incline, it was very difficult to apply… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 24, 2016

FICC Transformation Project September 22-23, 2016

On two subsequent weekday evenings, the lower wall of the grotto area was dismantled. The wall had not been maintained in almost a decade; erosion and other factors caused several large rocks to shift allowing dirt and debris to either cover portions of the wall or compromise its structural properties. To prepare for fall planting,… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 22-23, 2016

FICC Transformation Project September 7, 2016

On the day after the group work night, some mid-day ad hoc work was done. To save time, a load of top soil was picked up on the way to the church to spread onto the areas where bushes were removed the previous night. To prepare for future work, pictures were taken to assess the… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 7, 2016

FICC Transformation Project September 6, 2016

It was “bring your own weed wacker” night at FICC. While preparations were going on inside to do some significant demolition work, there was significant work outside to trim unruly bushes and pull up weed preventer cloth that was definitely not doing its job. After spending more than an hour trimming bushes, a suggestion was… Continue reading FICC Transformation Project September 6, 2016

Home Grown Red Beets for Hummus

In the past, pickling has been my favorite way to prepare red beets (https://room2growgarden.com/2016/06/28/red-beets/). This year, I discovered how awesome this vegetable is on the grill, sautéed in a pan or to flavor hummus. Using leftover seeds from last year, I planted beets on April 20, 2017, and my first harvest was on July 4… Continue reading Home Grown Red Beets for Hummus