The Shedstore Blog
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 era in gardening: th
At this time of year, you could be forgiven for having a garden that’s looking a little dull and empty; and we’re still a few months away from having borders full of blooms again. So, what can be done to liven an outdoor space up a little bit? A new flower perhaps? A garden ornament? No, that just won’t do; what’s needed is some wooden trellis panels. Versatile, attractive and durable; trellis panels are a must have for any garden.
Trellis as Garden Screens, Partitions or Boundaries
Wooden trellis panels are superb alternatives to traditional fence panels, forming aesthetic garden boundaries and partitions. Though fence panels clearly define boundary lines or partition gardens, they won’t receive a second glance from visiting family and friends. On the other hand, garden trellis panels have a flair and style that is sure to impress. Plus, they don't block th
For the uninitiated amongst you, the garden shed is a truly unremarkable structure. In fact, sometimes, even the most devout shed worshippers fail to realise its true potential. The shed can be a home within a home and a place to contemplate, tackle (and escape) life’s many challenges. It is an outdoor hub for work, rest and play. So, whether you’re about to purchase your first wooden shed or are a seasoned ‘sheddie’, without further ado, let’s run through the top ten uses for a garden shed.
When you think of the building of your dreams, a shed might not come to mind; however, a shed could help your dreams come true... if you dream of starting a business from home.
The humble garden shed has a proud tradition as a hotbed of innovation, a respected position at the leading-edge of industry, and is regarded as a key driving force of the global economy. Be inspired by the stories behind the following 10 hugely diverse companies, all of which were founded in simple, self-effacing, unpretentious outdoor office sheds.
1903 saw the birth of this iconic motorcycle brand in
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