The "Garden Cottage"

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 10-31-2009 01:22 AM 2096 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Usually as everyone knows one project leads to another. Once you start collecting bonsai plants you need to have a place to store them for the winter months. Even though most of my collection were deciduous plants they are in pots. So you can’t leave them outside were the roots may freeze and kill the plant. Which led to the Garden Cottage project. The cottage is insulated, heated to keep the temperature at a minimum of 40 degrees, and has running water. I also built a potting table so the wife can start her flowers and vegetable plants in the spring. Outside storage for shovels, rakes,etc.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 03:12 AM

Hey Dale,
That is a real nice job…your Lady should be very happy with her little cottage….well done.

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 03:18 AM

wow it’s a beauty now the wife has her own shop

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 05:29 AM

Now that’s a cottage! Beautiful.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 05:42 AM

looks grerat…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 06:05 AM

Very nice work, sir. That most definitely falls into the category of a woodworking project!!!!!! I am sure that you had a lot of satisfaction in building that structure for your wife. Well done!

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#6 posted 10-31-2009 03:14 PM

I had better make sure my wife never sees this… (^_^)

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 04:01 PM

Super…....this definitely falls into the category of gardening in elegance.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 10-31-2009 04:04 PM

Hey Dale ,what a nice Cottage, you really got me with this project . I love small structures that you can build and control all apects of construction yourself. You did a great job! Rene

-- So much wood, So little time

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#9 posted 10-31-2009 04:10 PM

Great looking addition to your property!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-31-2009 10:05 PM

Very nice cottage and surrounding area great job Dale

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 11-01-2009 01:42 AM

Great Lookin Cottage

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 11-01-2009 01:36 PM

Nice cottage for an interesting hobby. I’m not much of a gardener, but I do appreciate the artistry of creating beautiful bonzai trees. Judging from the range of your projects you are a person of many skills and diverse interests. It will be fun seeing what you come up with in the future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 11-01-2009 05:09 PM

That sure is one awesome looking garden cottage.Love the fencing around it too.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#14 posted 11-03-2009 09:12 PM

Really nice, great job…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 11-04-2009 12:35 AM

that is awesome!!
Now post it over at GardenTenders!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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