Garden News

  1. Shedstore supports CarFest 2016

    Shedstore supports CarFest 2016

    Shedstore sponsors CarFest 2016

    Shedstore were delighted to support BBC’s CarFest for Children in need by donating fifteen sheds to their ShedFest competition. Fifteen lucky families were given the chance to go head-to-head as they raced to create their very own ‘dream shed’ during the 3 days of the festival. They had the ideas, we had the sheds, and Chris Evans and his team chose a winner!

    CarFest South took place during the August Bank Holiday weekend at the lovely Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire and we were lucky enough to bag tickets to check out the amazing shed transformations on Sunday. The weather was a bit dull but that certainly didn’t aff

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  2. Shedstore sponsors Shedfest

    Shedstore sponsors Shedfest

    Shedstore is pleased to announce that we are proud sponsors of Shedfest @ Car Fest 2016

    More and more people have realised they can create an entirely new living space in their garden and with the addition of a shed the possibilities are endless.

    For many years, sheds have been a male dominated area but in recent years, we have seen the rise of the ‘She-shed’ – the woman’s answer to the ‘man-cave’. Whilst most men may be content with an old rusty shed, women are looking for a “home away from home” and designing beautiful getaways at the end of the garden. From beach huts to Cath Kidston themed shabby chic craft rooms, these sheds are like nothing you’ve seen before...

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  3. The strangest places people go in garden sheds

    The strangest places people go in garden sheds

    Summer is the time of year people move their daily activities outdoors and into the garden. More and more people have realised they can create an entirely new living space in their gardens when utilising a patio, deck, and/or a garden shed to maximum benefit. In fact, garden sheds are not only for storing garden tools and lawn equipment anymore. In addition to this being used for such practical purposes, sheds are also becoming garden get-a-ways, social gathering places, and even offices and art studios. While these uses may not be all that surprising, there are some people who have gone to places in their sheds that most people would never ever think of in their wildest dreams. Children are usually the ones who are able to use their imaginations to inspire the stories you are about to read, but it just proves you only have to be a child at heart to be inspired by imagination. In the first story one man takes his garden shed to outer space, while in the stories that follow include t

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  4. Warming up for Wimbledon: Garden Parties

    Warming up for Wimbledon: Garden Parties

    It’s that time of year again! Wimbledon is on the way and there is no better time  than now to start planning a garden party perfect for spending time with friends who enjoy tennis and each other’s company, as well as some great food and drink. However, before all of the fun can start, there are several things the host will need to do and prepare for before the invitations are even sent out:

    Out with the Old


    Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious sporting events in history and your garden, at the very least, should reflect its importance. Take a look around your garden and identify weeds, loose debris, and any other unwanted foliage (around flower borders, lawns, and ponds) and clear it out. When possible, 

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  5. Why we should take national bike week as an excuse to get outside

    Why we should take national bike week as an excuse to get outside

    Many of us will take National Bike Week, which ends this Sunday (June 21st), as a means to get outside. After all, the key is in the name. While a lot of us will take to our bicycles and explore the great outdoors, it's not really going to captivate us all. Whether we don't own bikes or just don't fancy the idea of getting all hot and sweaty in what are quite seasonable temperatures as of late, it shouldn't be an excuse to not get outside altogether. Many of us have access to our own private gardens and this is the perfect time to get out there and start it up! The weather is warm, the rain is generally at bay, and the sales are abundant! Let's take a look at why gardening during National Bike Week is a great idea.

    Gardening Helps the Planet

    While it's not exactly a secret to many of us, gardening is one of the most beneficial things we can do to help save our earth from the ravages of a more industrious population. This doesn't even need to be in th

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  6. An interview with Thomas Bolles: Sustainable Turf

    An interview with Thomas Bolles: Sustainable Turf

    Thomas Bolles works with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and specialises in the areas of sustainable turf and sustainable vegetable gardening. We were fortunate enough to interview Thomas, and found out some really interesting information about sustainable vegetable gardening that we can implement right in our own back gardens!

    Our interview with Thomas Bolles

    1. You work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and specialise in Sustainable Turf and Sustainable Vegetable Gardening. What drove you to focus on these two areas?

    I grew up with an interest in plants and animals. I can remember experimenting with growing plants at a young age. I think I began around 10 with some popcorn I’d stolen from the cupboard. I’ve enjoyed successes and failures – or rather “learning moments” in the garden ever since. Being more sustainable grew out of that. As I got older I realized we&rsq

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  7. Spending time in the garden with your children this Easter

    Spending time in the garden with your children this Easter

    When the kids have time off from school parents inevitably look for ways to keep them busy with activities, especially those which take them outdoors.  In this age of constant media bombardment, video games, and the like it is sometimes difficult for parents to get their kids to want to play outdoors.  They are looking for ways to engage their kids in outdoor activities like gardening and having them learn an appreciation for the natural world.  Parents remember the days when they were children and how much they enjoyed playing outside and especially the memories of gardening as a child; they want to share these memories and create new ones with their own children, while also teaching them to love gardens and to love gardening.  What better time to begin this process than on a break from school, maybe some fun outdoor Easter activities that may also include an introduction to gardening.  Gardening, after all, is more than just a way to save money by growing

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  8. 5 ways to make your garden even more eco-friendly

    5 ways to make your garden even more eco-friendly

    When it comes to creating the most eco friendly garden possible, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a variety of ways to make a more self-sustaining environment that not only reduces waste, but is more reliant on renewable sources of energy as well. And best of all, your local wildlife will certainly thank you for providing a range of habitats right outside your house.

    Gardeners play a unique role in lessening the ever-growing pressures within the ecosystem. Studies have also shown that eco gardening has made a positive impact on the slowing of climate change, cutting energy use and reducing waste. If you find your garden to be uninteresting and dull, consider eco living to transform your space into something that is more biologically diverse and planet-friendly. Below are just five ways you can make your garden more eco friendly yourself:

    #1 Attract Friendly Bugs

    Ladybirds, lacewings, and ground beetles, oh my! Whether you absolu

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  9. How to get the kids involved in gardening

    How to get the kids involved in gardening

    Children are naturally very impressionable and often take up new hobbies or pick up new skills more quickly than adults. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that you inspire your children in as many ways as possible, and encourage them to try new things on a regular basis. Gardening for children, for example, is a healthy hobby that they can learn to enjoy at a very young age, as well as benefit them throughout the rest of their lives. 

    In addition to being a healthy hobby, the activity itself provides children with a way to learn, become engaged and have fun while they’re at home or at school. In fact, according to some studies, children actually perform better in school if they are involved with gardening as an extracurricular activity. Furthermore, educating children about plants, vegetables and gardening in general also helps them obtain a better understanding of how the food they consume affects their health. 

    Let Them Tas

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  10. Five weirdest things ever found in garden sheds

    Five weirdest things ever found in garden sheds

    Garden sheds usually play home to a variety of garden tools and equipment, but these people have stored some very interesting items in their’s, some without even knowing it!  We tracked down some of the best things that people have found in their sheds and put them into a fun list for you to check out.

    So without further ado, we start our list off with:

    Weirdest thing to find in a shed number 5: A 10ft Church Organ

    Alison Malcolm went out of her way to protect her 10ft tall Victorian Church Organ by building a shed especially for it. The shed cost Alison approximately £20,000 including the soundproofing she added so that the 424-pipe organ’s noise would be confined to the shed. Alison has owned this organ for around 20 years now, havin

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