The Shedstore Blog
There, it’s over. All the happy activity and social whirl of family and friends, the hunt for AAAs and calls of ‘have you kept the receipt?’ have gone. Christmas is a distant memory and New Year’s Eve well, came and went.
And now it’s 2018 (just in case you’re recovering from the celebrations and hadn’t realised) and time to…tidy your shed. Of course, it is. It may be the Chinese year of the dog but that's no excuse to have a dog-eared or down trodden shed.
"A tidy shed is a tidy mind - and that starts today."
Sheds are always at risk of becoming dumping grounds for anything that won't fit in those bins - currently overflowing with turkey carcasses and sparkly wrapping paper - and gardening tools are always thrown in haphazardly on a freezing cold dark afternoon or rain soaked evening. The rubbish and tools then become a climbing frame. Open the door and the lot spill out.
Maths isn’t my strong point. Countdown calculations give me headaches. Carol Vorderman doesn’t. When asked to find ‘x’ in an equation, I invariably point to said letter and say, ‘There it is.’ 7 x 8 always gets me counting on my fingers and if you move a negative number to the other side of the ‘=’ sign when fumbling around with algebra it either becomes a positive or you divide something. Or is it multiply? I struggle. To the nth degree.
Do sheds need guttering?
I do, however, understand 6x8 when it comes to a shed (see what I worked up to there - nice!) and just as vital, the importance of guttering.
Your shed roof is large. It catches a lot of rainwater. I tried to find out how much water actually runs off an average sized shed roof in an average year in an average part of the UK. An average task you would think, but it proved to be a difficult one. I did unearth a formula and you are welcome to squirt some Mr Sheen on your dust
Britain is a nation that loves its gardens. We invest so much time, designing, crafting and cultivating our gardens for so many purposes: creating a relaxing sanctuary, growing healthy organic food or entertaining friends and family, to name just a few. But there’s something missing, isn’t there? A final, finishing touch. The solution? Garden lighting. There is a whole host of possibilities for outdoor lighting, ranging from the purely practical to the solely stylish.
First, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way.
Ideally, paths, driveways and steps should be illuminated. It’s simple safety. A stumble or trip is so easily avoided by the use of some subtle lighting. Another imperative garden light to invest in is, of course, a security light. Chances are no one will be interested in running off with the garden furniture or the con
Nowadays, everybody has a myriad of home security measures in order to keep themselves and their possessions safe from burglars, including alarms, lights, and even CCTV cameras. However, many of us choose to neglect improving the security of our garden sheds and storage buildings. Our sheds contain valuable items, especially when they’re used as garden offices or gyms, so why should they remain unprotected?
Aside from the obvious (don’t leave valuable possessions lying around your garden, as it's an open invitation to some) there are a number of things that can help to deter and prevent theft from garden sheds.
It is worth noting that the material your shed is constructed from will affect its security. An overlap wooden shed can be kicked through, whereas tongue and groove sheds are much more robust, leaving any attacker with a sore ankle rather than your garden t
All four seasons conjure up their own unique pictures and winter is certainly no exception. As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the prospect of snuggling up indoors, cosily protected from the unforgiving weather, is very appealing. On this theme, one particular image that will crop up in most people’s minds is that of the log fire. However, anyone fortunate enough to own one can’t just turn on a switch at the mains and warm themselves. Heating logs requires careful preparation and, whether using an open fire or wood burning stove, one of the most important considerations is to make sure that the logs are dry. The simplest way to achieve this is to purchase a high quality log store.
6' x 2' Store-Plus Large Log Store including Firewood Pack
6' x 2' Store-Plus Large Wall Lo
As winter’s frosty jaws bite deeper into the soft underbelly of autumn, now is the time to get your greenhouse sorted. No one wants tender plants to be savaged by the cold. Obviously.
Choose a relatively warm, dry day and get everything out of your greenhouse. Give all staging a wash down with soapy water including the glazing. Pay particular attention to the nooks and crannies or anywhere that bugs can overwinter. Let it all dry and then put your plants back in. Diseases will be reduced and light levels maximised.
If you can, put all your plants together on the staging in one half of the greenhouse. Choose the half away from the door. You can then put up a curtain of bubble plastic at this halfway point, in effect halving the length of your greenhouse. This will help in keeping heating costs down and your plants snug.
Encourage Outdoor Play with a Playhouse
Childhood playtime should be all about playing together, role play, imagination, making magical memories and connecting with the world around us. A playhouse can offer all these things.
As children are exposed more and more to screen time, social media and gaming, a playhouse can help keep a balance with good old traditional play.
So, you’ve wisely decided to add a playhouse to your outdoor space, perhaps as a birthday gift or Christmas present for your children. Now you need to decide on which playhouse is the one for you and your family.
Why Choose Wood?
The natural timbers of a wooden playhouse help them to blend in with the traditional garden. From the quaint wendy house right up to the chalet style playhouse with a dormer and second floor, the wood construction makes a playhouse seem like a ‘grown up’ home j
Earlier this month, we spoke to our friends at The National Allotment Society about National Allotment Week, the benefits of keeping allotments, and how The National Allotment Society works to provide, promote and preserve allotments.
Find out all about their work, as well as how and why you should get involved in National Allotment Week this year in our interview below.
Interview with The National Allotment Society
1. The National Allotment Society – can you tell our readers a bit about yourselves?
The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation uph
Plastic storage can be the perfect solution for your garden storage needs: easy to assemble, low maintenance and durable. Plus, the variety of sizes and designs ensures there is a plastic store for every garden. Here we take a look at a few of the best (click on the images for further product information):
The Best Wooden Greenhouses
The look, smell and sheer beauty of a wooden greenhouse is one of life's greatest pleasures. Superbly practical with inherent good looks - a wooden greenhouse is a structure to cherish.
Here are a few of our best greenhouses:
Wooden Mini Greenhouse:
This is a lovely way to get started in greenhouse gardening or if your garden is bijou. It’s ideal for an experienced gardener as well. All the timber in this 1.2m x 0.62m mini greenhouse is pressure treated and therefore has a whopping 15 year guarantee against rot. The wide double doors allow easy access to your seedlings and plants while the tongu