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Old 01-17-2008, 11:39 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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This thread made me look a bit harder going into town today. Passed 4 of the portable garages on the way. 3 were ripped to shreds this winter because of the heavy snowfall and high winds. 1 Looked to be in good shape yet, but the owner was out there clearing out around it today and he tends to be a "bit" (read as: WOWSER YOU WOULDN"T BELIEVE HOW) anal about things. He also has a mid 80's Dodge Omni that looks like it just rolled out of the showroom.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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but the owner was out there clearing out around it today and he tends to be a "bit" (read as: WOWSER YOU WOULDN"T BELIEVE HOW) anal about things. He also has a mid 80's Dodge Omni that looks like it just rolled out of the showroom.
I wonder now if it might be prudent to keep some sort of camp stove going in it to prevent the buildup of snow on it. That won't do anything for a wind storm, but have to wonder how or if a wind storm would even reach me in my forest nest.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Honestly I think that you might be better off with a two car garage from those good folks in Smyrna.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Honestly I think that you might be better off with a two car garage from those good folks in Smyrna.
Agree with you again! Not as cheap as the portable ones, but built to outlast the original owner.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Honestly I think that you might be better off with a two car garage from those good folks in Smyrna.
True enough.

A stick-built garage is in the plans, the portable is where I intend to harbor a variety of livestock including rabbits, poultry, pigs, goats and quite likely, a pony. I also need a sheltered place to cultivate mushrooms.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... the portable is where I intend to harbor a variety of livestock including rabbits, poultry, pigs, goats and quite likely, a pony. I also need a sheltered place to cultivate mushrooms.
Beneath the forest canopy, all of these critters can grow.

Rabbits, poultry, hogs, goats and horses can all prosper within a dense forest setting.

Many folks inoculate logs and prop them against tree trunks. I am trying mushrooms in our basement though.

However ginseng can grow on the forest floor too.
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Beneath the forest canopy, all of these critters can grow.

Rabbits, poultry, hogs, goats and horses can all prosper within a dense forest setting.

Many folks inoculate logs and prop them against tree trunks. I am trying mushrooms in our basement though.

However ginseng can grow on the forest floor too.
The portable garage is intended for my comfort - to tend my stock and crops without standing in puddles, in rain, in wind and blizzard. Much of the canopy is gone after autumn.

I once made the mistake of wanting a milk cow. It didn't matter that I didn't have a barn, I just just knew the cow wouldn't mind a little rain. Well, lemme tell ya, milking a cow twice a day in pouring rain leaves a lot to be desired. And when a cow needs to be milked, there is no waiting until the rain passes - she needs to be milked on a fairly regular schedule.

The goats, by the way, I intend to milk. I try not to make the same mistake twice. There will be no goats until I have a shelter for them ... um... for me to milk them. There will be no rabbits until I can process them out of the weather. There will be no poultry until I can collect their eggs while remaining dry and not having to do the Easter egg hunt every day. I do not care to have my portabellas crossbred with toadstool spawn. They will be nurtured in a protected area.

I learned the first lesson the hard way. If "Murphy" comes to visit, he will not catch me unaware - again.
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