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  1. Cutting Edge Borders

    Cutting Edge Borders

    Borders Provide Your Garden Design with A Cutting Edge

    A painting without a frame is, well, unframed. A haircut without a slight snip to ‘take it over the ears’ is unfinished and not ready for the mirror to see the back of your head. And a garden without border edges is how the words on a page look without my reading glasses - all a slightly bit blurred. Strong borders also allow you to cut and shape your lawn or border to the exact shape you need. A line trimmer gets up close and personal to keep things tidy. Your garden simply looks better for it.

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  2. Man Cave Versus She Shed: Which is the Superior Shed?

    Man Cave Versus She Shed: Which is the Superior Shed?

    With the rise of the ‘man cave’ and the ‘she shed’, the battle of the sexes has now moved into the back garden. These ‘homes within a home’ offer us the best of both worlds: a chance to relive our days of being young, free and single, whilst remaining within the happy confines of marital bliss. Much like men and women themselves, man caves and she sheds have much in common, yet also subtle differences, which give them both their own distinct identities. But how marked are these contrasts and which can lay claim to being the ultimate shed?

    Man Caves

    These are places which allow men to be ‘real men’, free from the confines and stuffy regulations of the home. Shoes do not need to be taken off when entering a man cave, for it is a place of work, as well as rest and play. Plates, cutlery and glasses

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  3. Useful Ideas for Old Fence Panels

    Useful Ideas for Old Fence Panels

    Sometimes, we tend to hold onto things that we really ought to replace. For example, we might insist on running an old 1998 Volkswagen Polo into the ground, even though it’s clearly time for a newer model. Similarly, we often let old fence panels rot away until they’re next to useless, when we should really replace them once they start to deteriorate.

    Time to replace these things

    What should you do with your old garden fence panels, though? Of course, the obvious solution is to simply load up the boot and take them down to the local tip. However, with a little creativity, you can actually find many uses for your ‘antique’ garden fencing and wooden fence

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  4. Pop Veg – Creating a Veg Patch with a Raised Bed

    Pop Veg – Creating a Veg Patch with a Raised Bed

    Who would have thought that a major hit in 2005 by pop-combo Westlife could be attributed to your back garden veg plot? Oh yes, I can exclusively reveal that the song ‘You Raise Me Up’ (you know the one - big ballad type affair perfect at weddings and maybe even funerals?) was inspired by the grow-your-own movement and the use of raised beds. I know it’s hard to believe, and may even shatter many emotional memories, but in these days of fake news, anything goes.  And apologies if the song is now in your head or you’ve had to look it up.  

    vegetable patches in raised beds

    And cue piano…

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  5. Beef Up Your Shed Security

    With the Christmas festivities over for another year but the joys of spring not yet in sight, the second half of winter can sometimes feel like a depressing time. The last thing you need, particularly if suffering from those ‘winter blues’, is to have your shed ransacked. Unfortunately, with it potentially full of Christmas goodies, and with the nights not yet having noticeably shortened, January and February are the months that it is most at risk. But don’t let your latest power tools or the kids’ new bikes be carried off without a fight. Now is the time to take our advice and beef up your shed security.

    Home Security Camera

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  6. Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    The New Year is here. Millions of people around the country have made the famous resolution: to finally get in shape. The excessive consumption of mince pies and wine over the festive period has not helped anybody’s weight loss goals and gym owners will be rubbing their hands together, awaiting a massive influx of new memberships. If you’re like me, the thought of being in an overcrowded gym, waiting 15 minutes just to use one piece of equipment, fills you with horror. There is however, a more agreeable solution. The home gym. Or, in this case, the ‘shed-gym’.

    Why would I go to the effort of creating a gym in my shed?

    Well, I’m glad you asked.

    Firstly, shed-gyms will save you time and money (in the long run). There is no tedious commute, merely a

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  7. Be Prepared for Ice and Snow in Your Garden and Driveway

    Be Prepared for Ice and Snow in Your Garden and Driveway

    It has been a good few years since we’ve seen a snowfall quite as impressive as this week’s influx. And, as the latest snow storm hit the UK, we suddenly all remembered that we meant to buy a snow shovel, we fully intended to have some rock salt kept in the garage and we were definitely going to get some of that fluffy white stuff to protect our plants. Most of us didn’t.

    As the snow and ice starts to thaw, don’t put it off again. We’ve got some key tips so at least you’ll know what to do next time the cold weather strikes, covering Britain with a blanket of snow and ice. While the snow has the brilliant ability to turn everyday sights into beautiful, picturesque scenes, it can also cause a multitude of frustrating problems. It’s best to be prepared.

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  8. How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    Nothing is as beautiful or astonishing as nature, and the garden is the perfect place to enjoy its delights on a daily basis. However, an attractive garden requires a lot of practical effort and most of us have a limited space to work with. This inevitably results in the odd eye-sore, the worst of which is probably the most indispensable: the garden shed. So, you may ask, how do I hide my ugly garden shed?

    The broad answer to this question is ‘however you like’. The ways to hide an ugly shed are as varied as the human imagination but, to give you a head start, let us propose four key methods: concealment, distraction, improvement, and replacement.  

    Concealing an ugly shed is probably the first idea that comes into most people’s minds. Garden screening ideas, such as ornamental trees, shru

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  9. What to Do with Your Greenhouse This Winter

    What to Do with Your Greenhouse This Winter

    I love gardening and everything to do with greenhouses. However, I have to admit the best day of my greenhouse/ gardening life to date is when the team who put the structure up left and I was face to face, for the first time, with a beautiful wooden greenhouse. My beautiful wooden greenhouse. Completely empty. Walking in, closing the door and being enveloped by the evocative aroma of wood and luxuriating in the vast emptiness of the area is a memory that will never fade. Time to breathe, think and plan. The acres of benching, the glorious expanse of unfettered flooring (concrete slabs) and achingly clear headroom. No plants, no pots, no canes, wires or string. Just a dream.

    OK, it lasted a few hours before a couple of pelargoniums found their way in for their winter protection, a dozen bowls of bulbs were soon housed on the immaculate benching, and a back-of-an-envelope plan was scribbled out for five containers of tomatoes, three cucumbers, a couple of aubergines, chillies

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  10. Garden and Outdoor Furniture Storage Ideas During Winter

    Garden and Outdoor Furniture Storage Ideas During Winter

    The first day of winter is very nearly upon us; Jack Frost’s icy grip is tightening on Britain, attacking us with sleet, snow and freezing winds. At this time of year, one would probably worry about whether there is enough time to finish the Christmas Shopping and perhaps not the rattan set sitting on the patio, but maybe your garden furniture deserves a quick thought?

    Your beautiful outdoor bench and chairs are a statement piece in the garden; they deserve some protection from the elements during the winter season. Of course, modern furniture is constructed from a range of high quality materials but, as the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Come the summer, you want to ensure everything will be in pristine condition to impress the neighbours at barbecues and garden parties.

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