Monthly Archives: February 2017

  1. How to turn your shed into the perfect storage space

    How to turn your shed into the perfect storage space

    Most sheds are big enough for your needs. Honest. It's just they are crammed with broken garden furniture, antique paint cans and a miscellany of plastic sacks. Not to mention those pieces of random off cuts of wood that will come in handy one day. No, they won't – so tidy up, go to the recycling centre, offer things on giveaway sites or even hire a skip to see what you've really got.

    Get rid of the old junk

    Once the rubbish is away from the scene, it is highly rewarding to take everything out of the shed and plan the reconstruction carefully. It's also a great chance to repair all those holes and that leaky roof. The resident mouse won't thank you but your shed will be better for it.

    Add some shelving

    Right – you need some shelving. Every shed needs shelving to store the various containers of 'stuff' for the garden. It's simple to put shelves up in a wooden shed, a bit trickier in metal bodied structures but still possible. Suddenly t

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  2. How to build a greenhouse

    How to build a greenhouse

    In a word – carefully. In two words – with help. In three words – do it well. A greenhouse extends the gardening year at both ends. It brings spring forward and puts winter back. It also allows you to grow a whole manner of plants you would only ever dream of – aubergines, melons, orchids and cacti. All within your reach with a greenhouse.

    Building your greenhouse

    Once your greenhouse arrives you will, of course, have already created a firm and level surface. Think of slabs or a concrete pad. Never imagine just putting it onto soil or grass. If you do, it will move and shift, cracking glass, creating a door that never opens (or shuts) and generally looking a right old mess. Solid, firm foundations are necessary as your greenhouse, if put up correctly, should last for decades.

    First, identify all the parts. Lay them out and check you have everything. Then, and this may be a novelty to a lot of people, take the time to read the instruc

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