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I’ve reached the top of the back wall and am done with this years stone building. 



Now during the winter, I can start building the the wooden superstructure. 

I may never be finished, but I felt close to it when I put some finishing touches on the newest garden rest hut.

The roof top is now sealed with old tins. 

These are large olive oil tins cut open and bent to fit (we use a lot of olive oil). The end got a tail – tin flapping in the wind. 


Then I painted the front with pine tar paint. 


It looks kind of weird, but I’m already getting used to it and like the change. And I love the smell of it. 

This shed is almost completely made of salvaged building material. 


Some really old lumber that anyone else would take to the dump. 


But with a coat of red barn paint (falu red) it looks like new and will probably last another 50 years. 

I finally got the stone embankment finished on the backside (north) of the gothic greenhouse. 



With a load of good shaped stones from the farmer and the help of my son, we rolled, slid and levered these big stones into place and filled in with gravel. This should help insulate, retaining heat while facilitating drainage. 



I was going to do the same for the front side of the greenhouse and have a perennial bed there, but I changed my mind. I can’t manage the weeds. So we took away the stones, dug it out, and I’ll just have a gravelly dirt embankment with grass that I can mow. That’ll be much easier. 

The liner is in place, cement blocks all the way around and filled with new dirt. 


The minigreenhouse is ready just in time for the cabbages and lettuces that have started to germinate. They were in the cellar where it’s a bit too dark. Now they are here where it’s a bit too cold probably. I may have to take them in at night, if I don’t forget. 


Getting done.


It’s done!



Except for some natural preservative painting as well as fixing the dirt and foundation later. 


This recycled graffiti plywood backside will hopefully be visited by some local graffiti artist and get a more colorful paint job, preferably in shades of green. 

The old mini greenhouse has been rotting away for the last couple of years. 


Time to make a new one. I found another window the same size, so it will be bigger too. 


4 more squat protective cages – 11 in all – should be enough for this winters production. 

4 new ones should be enough for now, but I think I will design a new kind  that is not as high, lighter and easier to move around, that would be better for lettuce and strawberries. 

Another good winter activity. I never seem to have enough of these cages. 


They are for protecting favorite berries and vegetables from rabbits, deer, birds and even cabbage butterflies. Without them I would probably never get any strawberries, lettuce, brassica, chard or beets.