With mean ol’ winter lurking around the corner, I’ve been thinking of a way to make my life easier when it comes to protecting the plants from freezing temps. My few special babies get brought inside, either in the laundry room or computer room. I have a couple of racks where I would round up the other potted plants. And every time the forecast mentioned temps in the 30s, I would have to get out there in the cold and wind (and sometimes in the dark) and wrap a tarp around them. Then take it down and then put it up. AARRGHH! I really can’t afford or need a full greenhouse, so I decided to make me a “winterhouse”. It will go on the south side of my storage building/garage which is 27’ long. And will be about 6’ deep and 5’ high. There’s a 3’ deep flower bed there already. bed along garage ( photo / image / picture from cherylad's Garden ) Perfect location... block the cold north winds and get all that southern sunshine. Put it up before the mention of freezing weather... and take it down when it’s done. ONE TIME! Here’s my design.... winterhouse ( photo / image / picture from cherylad's Garden ) I ordered the clear tarp and fittings/corners, etc. yesterday. Will have to buy the pipe/tubing from one of the big box stores here. The back pipe/tubing will be permanently fastened to the building. That not only adds stability, but saved me some money by not having to buy “back legs”. And will save some assembly time too in the future. It should be deep enough to tuck in the rest of my containers. If this works well to protect the tender plants that are already planted there, I might just try a couple more “exotic” things. Happy Birthday to me!