The Shedstore Blog
Top Tips for a Tidy Shed
It’s that time of year when your shed becomes messy. None of us can help it, in spite of our best efforts. Inevitably, rain arrives as you finish mowing and it’s a case of ‘quick, get the mower away’ and it’s never in the right place, comfortably nestling under the benching. Nope, it’s slap-bang in the way of the door. Same with the mountain of now redundant cloches, tangles of netting, tumbleweed and horticultural fleece. But you can change your ways. Really.
The first job in tidying a shed is to throw away anything that is surplus to requirements. It is so much more efficient to take a photograph of the can of paint, for matching purposes, than keeping the can itself. Or paint a swatch onto a piece of old wallpaper and write the brand and shade on the back. The contents of the can will most likely be ‘off’
Beautiful Bistro Sets
There are few things in this world more civilised than a bistro set. The perfect place to sit and enjoy morning coffee, the ideal setting for an alfresco lunch, and the ultimate accompaniment to an evening glass of wine with a loved one, the bistro set is wonderful outdoor furniture to suit almost any occasion.
What’s more, bistro sets are relatively inexpensive, beautifully stylish and incredibly easy to store, making them the obvious starting point for any garden furniture collection.
Here at Shedstore, we stock a fantastic range of bistro sets, suitable for every type of garden. Let’s take a look, in no particular order, at five of our favourites:
What Your Garden Needs
Your garden is an extension of your home and, just as your home wouldn't be the same without a few essentials (a sofa, a bed, a dining table, to name a few), your garden won't be the same without the following Top 5 Garden Essentials. And, being experts in all things timber, we're showing you the wooden garden essentials, of course..
1. A Garden Shed
Taking care of meticulously planned out borders, carefully designed lawns and quirky ornaments requires at least a few pieces of gardening equipment. Unless you want incessant complaints from your significant other, it’s probably worth investing in a proper storage solution for these tools, rather than carefully balancing them behind the back door (a disaster waiting to happen). A wooden shed is the answer.
Perfect for storing tools and children’s toys, or even acting as a tranquil spot within which to relax aft
Patios are emerging from the dark winter and wet spring looking worse for wear. Algae and moss are causing major slip hazards and weeds are emerging from every poorly mortared joint. But sorting them out can be easy and highly satisfying.
Get yourself a comfy kneeler, sink to your knees and do your weedy business. Make sure you get every scrap of root out wherever possible as perennial weeds (dandelions are one of the worst culprits) will regrow. Annual weeds are best removed before they start to flower and set seed. It will save you a whole heap of problems later in the year
You’ve worked hard all your life and it was a wonderful feeling, retiring. For the first time in life, you experienced a real sense of freedom. And when you and the other-half finally holidayed in that far-flung place you’d always dreamed about? Well, it was an experience you’ll never forget.
Since those halcyon days, you’ve cleaned out the shed, got the garden looking great, visited the grandkids ‘down south’ and… And?
There’s something missing, isn’t there? A man or woman who was as busy as you shouldn’t be watching daytime TV. You want a little project to get your teeth into, don’t you?
All you need is an idea…a little bit of inspiration. Well, your wish is Shedstore’s c
A wooden planter is a garden essential. Whether you have a spacious garden and flower beds, a small courtyard or simply a balcony, garden planters are very much a ‘need’ rather than a ‘want’. After all, where would the world be without an abundance of plants, flowers, home-grown vegetables and herbs?
Now we’ve established that you need a planter, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ve discovered the website of the UK’s leading supplier of wooden planters. Not only that, but you've landed on a page of our website dedicated to 10 premier planters from our fantastic range. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at them.
A new shed is an investment in your home and garden - and it should last decades. Therefore, it is important to make the right choice first time. Here we have compiled the Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Shed. Take time to think about each one. If you have any questions, our friendly UK-based customer service team will be happy to help you. Try our live chat feature or call 0333 003 0581.
1. How much space have I got?
No Garden Design is Complete Without Border Edging
Designing and maintaining an attractive garden is hard work. There is no doubt about it. Hours of planning, sowing, pruning and mowing (plus a whole host of other activities) are required to keep gardens presentable. Why then, ruin all your hard work by neglecting simple tasks? One such example is garden border edging. Omitting this vital finishing touch is a horticultural crime so heinous it could be compared to pairing a tailored three-piece suit with scuffed, unpolished shoes. Scruffy and unforgiveable. The separation between lawn and flower bed simply must be distinctly marked.
Get Planting with Raised Beds and Planters
As we finally welcome warmer weather, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.
Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.
Raised beds are more easily managed than big wide borders. Weeding, watering, feeding and protecting your plants is far simpler when you are focusing on one area.
When constructing your raised beds, it's a top tip to line them with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed). This will protect the wood from water damamge - especially if your planter is not pressure treated.
Remember to occassionaly check newly constructed raised beds
The Year of the Potting Shed
Sitting somewhere between a conventional shed and a greenhouse, the potting shed was for too long overlooked and undervalued.
Homeowners, searching for a strong and hardwearing garden storage facility, traditionally turned to its alpha-male big brother, the conventional shed, to satisfy their needs.
Gardeners, desperate to secure those few extra degrees of winter heat for their beloved plants, typically found themselves seduced by the glamour of its younger sister, the greenhouse, with her slender frame and see-through panels leaving little to the imagination.
Lost in this garden ‘no man’s land’, a lesser building might have accepted its fate and vanished into obscurity, but not the potting shed.
For those in the know have always seen the true value of this wonderful structure, and now more people are catching on. Many more people. So many, in fact, that 2018 promises to be the start of a new er