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{direct link} to Laurie's original blog post w/pics of her garden from: Artsy Chick Quilts. "This is my garden shed Ken made in 2009 from recycled materials."

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A passive solar greenhouse built from cob, light clay-straw and salvage materials. The existing backyard had several concrete pads for old sheds, so we cut them into squares and stacked them up for some thermal mass on the inside of the greenhouse, which are located to get direct sunlight only during the winter months. It also freed up the yard for garden space. The wood framing came from deconstructed sheds and decks on the property and we only needed to purchase a single piece of lumber…

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This garden cottage is more playhouse than greenhouse for its Central California owner. The avid gardener raises seedlings and overwinters orchids here. Comfort was a major factor: The shed is designed to let in plenty of daylight while minimizing prolonged exposure to direct sun during the Central Valley’s very hot summers. It is oriented slightly off a direct east-west axis and its most westerly wall is solid. Prefab siding covers the wood frame; asphalt tiles cloak the roof. A ‘Cecile…

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