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Operation Shade House

Project: Graceville Community Garden

Posted by Tim Auld almost 12 years ago

In order to propagate our own seedlings and cuttings, we sought to locate a shadehouse to meet our needs. Bunnings didn't sell them, so we couldn't use their recent donation to source one. As often happens, constraints force you to become creative.

I put a 'wanted' advert on Freecycle Brisbane, a mailing list of people who give and receive items without exchanging money. Tim and Maggie responded soon after with an offer of their shade house. A few emails with photos later, a troop of gardeners was assembled on Saturday morning.

The shade house was formerly used as a chicken coop. There was a hole cut in one end for the chickens to get in and out, but otherwise it was in good condition. It was awkward to move, but not as heavy as thought. We used ropes slung under it to get a grip and then shifted it out to the truck.

There was some doubt as to whether we could safely fit it on the truck, but Tim came up with the brilliant plan of putting it on one end. We tied it down as well as we could with the rope I had available. It was pretty high, standing at 3.3m, but amazingly stable even at 80km/hr.

The route back to the garden became increasingly convoluted as we passed various obstructions. Mainly low rail underpasses, but there was a crossing at Sherwood which was blocked for some reason. Eventually we made it onto Oxley road and headed north. There was one crossing left to go, and at 3.6m we snuck under!

The following working bee on the 17th revolved around getting the shade house into place. I gave it a wash while Andrew, John, and Patrick prepared a level base for it with sleepers, newspaper for weed supression, and composted woodchip for a walking surface. Unfortunately when we got it into place we realised that it wasn't aligned well with the Benarrawa house. Correcting that will be a job for next week.

Big thanks to Tim and Maggie for their generosity! We're happy you enjoyed the sweet corn from our garden and we hope your own efforts come good!

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jordan lowery
jordan lowery : very nice, i built a propagation shadehouse not too long ago. its great for keeping birds off of seedlings when you have tons of birds around.
Posted almost 12 years ago

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