Posted: April 27, 2018|Categories: Gardening Projects|
You’ve worked hard all your life, done the right thing and had your dedication to the company recognised when they presented you with a card of thanks and a carriage clock. It was a wonderful feeling, retiring. For the first time in life, you experienced a real sense of freedom. And when you and the other-half finally holidayed in that far-flung place you’d always dreamed about? Well, it was an experience you’ll never forget.
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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
The ‘Beast from the East’ has headed west and spring is warming both the north and the south. 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.
First up, your raised beds. If they are newly constructed, ensure that all your fixings are tightened as recent weather and general movement of wood, and even plastic, can result in screws and nails coming loose. Have you lined your raised beds with empty compost sacks (folded inside out so the black part is showing into the bed)? If not, do it, as it will protect the bed from water.
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
For the uninitiated amongst you, the garden shed is a truly remarkable 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.
1. Storage – This is what they were originally designed for, isn’t it? Sheds are the perfe
Sheds are not always seen as the most exciting of buildings. If we were to compare the average garden to the English Premier League, a wooden shed could be likened to, perhaps, Burnley: traditional, functional, better than the sum of the parts, liked and respected by everyone (apart from Blackburn Rovers, of course), but without the glamour of, say, Manchester City (or in the garden’s case, those prized flowers).
Like me, you may well think this widely held opinion is disrespectful to both Burnley FC and the garden shed, but as this is a gardening-related website we’ll concentrate on the defence of the latter, for the humble garden shed is anything but boring. In fact, it 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. Before you mock this statement, please take a moment to co
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
To celebrate the upcoming summer holidays, here at Shedstore we’re giving you the chance to win 2 beautiful ‘Small Slender Planters’, which will make the ideal addition to any garden, patio or outside space. The pressure treated Slender Planters have an elegant design with a contemporary twist, featuring a metal detail top. There is no doubt that they will create the perfect focal point for your garden. They look beautiful with their natural timber finish, but can also be painted any colour of your choice if you would prefer.
We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Shedstore Facebook page.
To be in with the chance of winning these excellent set of two planters, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’