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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. 

Winter came all of a sudden with a storm – wind, rain and snow. The last fews days have been a mad scramble to winterize as much as possible before the big freeze. 


The next ten days are supposed to be below freezing, so I’ve tried to get the remaining potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turips and beets out of the ground before it freezes solid. Lettuce, fenel, chard, cabbage, etc. must also be taken in to warmer climes. 


The gothic greenhouse gets a protective covering too. 

Of course it will probably get warm again and thaw out. I’ll be able to do my digging and other chores until the end of December. 

The floors are finished, or rather the floor and platform are finished.




The platform is for sitting, resting and sleeping. And for storing garden tools under. 

After cleaning out the gothic greenhouse construction site, this old tarp fits perfectly for keeping boots out of the clay and roots smothered in the clay.

The floor is in now too. 



The main building is done – the foundation, frame, walls, roof and floor, but there’s still a bit left. Mostly the trimmings.