Since I moved to my farm one of my priorities has been to become as self-sustainable as possible. Last winter I attempted growing some vegetables. I only had one bed and although I got some rocket, tomatoes and a few leeks I fought an ongoing battle with heat, hippos, buck and a zillion creepy crawlies (and my cat who thought it was his giant litter box).
In our climate it is ideal to have a cool or shaded house to grow veggies. I have been lucky enough to have been able to trade some old fence poles and fencing with a local farmer and friend Alf. He is building me a shade-cloth house. The work began on Saturday and should be finished in the next week or two. Just in time for me to start as our main growing season which starts in February, going right through our winter and into spring. Not much grows between November and January when we have our hottest months.
Here are a few pictures of the veggie house going up. 90% of the resources used to build it are recycled which fits into my plans perfectly. Now I just have to find 50 old broken plastic crates as I will be using them as beds. I have to line them with old shade cloth too so I am also searching for bits and pieces from local farmers.
As you can see, it looks like a big cloth tent. It is stitched onto the frame. We just need to get the sides up and the gate put in and it will be ready for service. At last I can begin growing my food in earnest.