Renovating a garden is a challenging task. Transforming an outdoor space from an overgrown mess of brambles, stinging nettles and weeds to a stunning display of colourful flower beds, perfectly manicured lawns and striking features is no mean feat. However, by including these five garden essentials, the process is considerably simpler (and halfway completed!).
1. A Garden Shed
A wooden planter is such a garden essential that to have a garden but no planter would be like using a pen without ink, making an omelette without an egg or wearing glasses without lenses. 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 landed on the website of the UK’s leading supplier of wooden planters. Not only that, but 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.
The garden is a place that is increasingly seen as an extension of the home - somewhere we can appreciate nature, yes, but also an area to relax with friends and family during the warmer, summer months. Just as we would never consider a sofa or table-free lounge, where we were forced to stand up to watch television or eat our meals, nor should the modern householder consider an empty garden, devoid of comfort. Outdoor furniture is simply a must if you’re to maximise enjoyment of your garden space. Here, we take a look at some of the options available to you, as well as showing you a range of Shedstore’s fantastic garden furniture.
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.
Luckily, garden edging is straightforward to install
Sitting somewhere between a conventional shed and a greenhouse, for too long the potting shed was 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 o
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.
Wooden trellis panels are superb alternatives to traditional fence panels, forming aesthetic garden boundaries and partitions. With the Six Nations currently un
Wheelie bins are certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing (or the best smelling) of garden features, practical and invaluable though they are. Furthermore, if proper storage is neglected, wheelie bins can fall foul of a number of dangers.
Firstly, urban foxes and rats love nothing more than rummaging through bins on the hunt for an easy meal. This problem is exacerbated if you’ve forgotten to put the bins out one week, and they’re now overflowing with rubbish – not exactly the best way to endear yourself to the neighbours.
Secondly, drunken fools and silly students think nothing is funnier than kicking over an innocent wheelie bin, leaving its contents strewn across your driveway. This is no laughing matter when councils charge up to £20 for a replacement wheelie!
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.
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
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
More people are working from home than ever and many do so from an office in their garden. And why not? It saves all that tiresome commuting and with internet connections generally being better than ever, communication is easy. And if surrounded by plants and wildlife, surely the standard of work is better? A garden office is therefore one of the must have features of a modern garden.
Obviously, you have to stay legal so always check with your local council to see if any permissions are needed before erecting any building. Have a chat with the neighbours at the same time – get everyone on board and the whole process is easier.
Choosing an office for the garden is the exciting bit. Whatever you decide upon has to be right for your work and the garden. A building shouldn't dominate a garden design to the detriment of the rest of your patch yet it needs to be large enough to accommodate your needs now and for any future expansion.
Once you have any permiss