“Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.” ~ William Cowper
When my sister and I were kids, our entire play life was mostly about searching for, finding and creating the perfect cubby house.
The most memorable was an old chicken pen behind a house where we lived in Bridgetown. Our cubby was generously furnished with the unwanted household off-casts from the nice old couple next door. We decked ourselves out in an outrageous smothering of old costume jewellery and felt like queens in a castle.
Now, almost 30 years on, I am back to creating the perfect cubby house. Though from now on, I will refer to it by its most appropriate adult pseudonym, “Greenhouse”.
My $70 greenhouse from The Reject Shop failed to see out it’s first year and started to fall apart almost instantly after purchase but was finally finished off by our last good gusty storm.
But now, by ways that will remain known only to me, I have managed to convince my husband to build me a proper
cubby greenhouse. And I have just the place for it.
You will probably have a space similar to it at your house. It is tucked down the back corner of the block and has an awkward aspect. But it is perfect for me. It already has a fence and gate to section it off from prying little hands. It is partly paved, with plenty of space for the potting bench, a potting sink, some shelving and plenty of storage. It even has an outdoor electricity plug.
I have already cleared the weeds since this photo was taken. The next step will be to clear the mulch from the beds, put down weed mat and lots of pebbles on top for good drainage while cutting down weeds. It will be getting a roof structure too for added protection. The transformation is going to take a few weeks, so watch this space. I can’t wait to move in!