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Pasture Shelter, Garden Updates & Squash Pancake Recipe

25 Apr 2012
Rainy 10°C / 50°F

I finished the primer coat on the top portion of the pasture shelter, or at least I thought I had finished. When I was getting the photos ready for this post, I noticed that I have missed a spot.

If I were to build this again I would do all the cutting, then paint everything, and then assemble it. But I’ve never built anything like this before, it was a new plan to me, and I wanted to measure as I went, so I’m now left painting quite an awkward structure. I’m using leftover primer from other projects, which is why part of it is tinted yellow. I’ve decided to paint everything but the 2×4 base, then flip it over to prime & paint the base.

One of the pullets came out of the brooder and took a look at her soon-to-be new home. She seemed to approve. Yesterday I picked up the electric net fencing, charger, and ground rod for keeping them contained and keeping predators out. I also have a UV protected tarp (and the hardware to attach it) to use as the roof for at least this season.

I took a few photos of the gardens yesterday. One is of an overwintered pansy, which is blooming in a very pretty colour. I also took a photo of the volunteer ‘Australian Yellowleaf’ lettuce. Earlier this season I transplanted some of the seedlings into a lettuce bed, but there are still a few growing in the pathways. If I’m going to have plants growing in the path, I much prefer lettuce to weeds!

My remaining butternut squash are starting to dry out (6.5 months of storage without canning or freezing is pretty impressive if you ask me) so I thought I’d treat them like potatoes. I made squash pancakes for dinner this evening and they were delicious: nothing like something fried and starchy after working in the cold all day! I served them with homemade applesauce and a green salad topped with goat cheese. It made for a neat homegrown meal with the early spring harvest (greens & herbs) meeting up with the late fall harvest (squash & apples).

Combine, mixing thoroughly:
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small butternut squash, peeled and finely shredded (about 4 cups)
3 tablespoons chives, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
2 eggs
1 cup spelt flour
salt & pepper to taste

Spoon fritters into a frying pan coated with oil and use the back of a fork to flatten. (Thinner fritters will cook more quickly.) Cook over medium heat until golden brown, turning once. Serve with applesauce.


  1. Primed pasture shelter
  2. Pullet taking her quality assurance role seriously
  3. Pretty pansy
  4. Volunteer lettuce
  5. Butternut squash pancakes with applesauce & green salad.




everything looks so good—especially your supper! :-) I will have to give that recipe a try.

Posted on 26 Apr 12 (about 7 years ago)

I’m very proud of you and your poultry accomplishments! How nice to have some cool weather; we hit 100 degrees today and it’s not even summer. I fear we are in for another hot, dry summer. We don’t have a root cellar because of all the rocks it’s too hard to dig one. We keep our winter squash in the house, and generally they don’t dry out, they mold and implode into mush! Pancakes sound yummy!

Posted on 26 Apr 12 (about 7 years ago)

WOW!!! I am sure she approved !! the shelter looks awesome : ) …..I agree with glgardener and I too will have to try that recipe out Thank you for sharing it ….it looks yummy

Posted on 29 Apr 12 (about 7 years ago)

@glgardener thanks! Just make sure you use a squash that is dried out a bit, I think it could be too watery with a fall squash.

@flowerweaver I hope you don’t have the same summer as last year – surely you’ve done your bit for experiencing the effects of climate change! 100 is hot for spring. The one thing this house is missing (besides a mudroom… the back door is right of the dining room, which makes things messier than I’d like) is a proper root cellar as it’s a newer house. But the basement is still cooler than the rest of the house, so it works pretty well for squash. I do have a few moldy, imploded ones to deal with each year. I’m hoping that next winter I’ll be able to get them fed to the chickens as they start to go soft and still make use of them.

@cuylarmntherbs thanks, I’m hoping that the shelter will last for years and let them enjoy fresh grass regularly. Again, if you try the recipe make sure the squash is not too watery, though I suppose more flour would probably compensate.

Posted on 03 May 12 (about 7 years ago)

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