As we aim to propagate many plants ourselves, a shade house is sensible addition to our garden. We happened to have a whole lot of kiln dried timber ( salvaged from a skip during school renovations a couple of years ago) and also some 2 -4 m lengths which served as school garden benches in their previous life. Our design , simple as it is, was determined by the size of these timbers and the aspect of our site. We positioned the shed,with the long open side facing east to catch the morning sun, on a patch which we could not possibly utilize for growing stuff as it’s backing onto a stand of gum trees on the other side of the fence. These gum trees send their roots far into our garden gobbling up nutrients and water but on the other hand they shelter the garden from the murderous western sun and prevailing south westerly winds, so my feelings towards them are, to put it politely, a bit mixed.
Back to the shade house: we approached Wodonga Men’s Shed and were very lucky to get the co-ordinator, Mr Ken Farrer, to assist us with the project. The frame was prefabricated in the Men’s Shed workshop and sections delivered to the garden. A group of keen and capable students, under Ken’s brilliant instructions, put the whole lot up in two mornings. We painted it , furnished it with recycled benches and shelves, and stapled recycled shade cloth to the roof and the southern side. Then we moved in the worm farms and a whole lot of pots and trays, and presto! the whole thing looks like its always been there.
Many thanks to Mr. Farrer and Wodonga Men’s Shed for their support and assistance!