The Buy Sheds Direct Blog

  1. The best herb planters for 2017

    Nothing beats the taste and aroma of freshly picked herbs especially when they have travelled food metres and not miles. A herb planter placed in a sunny spot outside your kitchen door will provide handfuls if not armfuls of herbs for many months of the year.

    Whichever herb planter you choose, ensure it has plenty of drainage holes and is planted up using well-drained compost. Add extra grit until you hear the crunch when mixing. Drainage and a sunny site is vital to the success of your plants. But first, the planters:

    Devon herb planter (SHS248) is a superb planter. Its wooden, made of tongue and groove cladding and is sturdy. The planter has a 15 year guarantee against rot and is easy to put together. A couple of hours tops from receiving the package to getting ready to fill with that quality well drained compost. It is 1.5m wide and 0.5m deep – and that's a great space to grow a lot of herbs.

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  2. Summer Gardening Planter Giveaway

    We are offering one lucky winner a stylish cascade planter, a great way to grow your garden vegetables and plants. The three-tiered design also saves valuable garden space, so will be perfect in any sized garden.

    What better way to encourage you to get our into your garden this summer than offering up such a brilliant Giveaway!!

    We're hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Sheds Direct Facebook Page.

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent prize, all you need to do is - 'LIKE' our Facebook page, 'LIKE' one of the competition posts and then 'SHARE' the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Sunday 2nd July at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day - Monday 3rd July!

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21
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  3. Our favourite Shed of the Year 2016 entries

    Our favourite Shed of the Year 2016 entries

    After Shed of the Year 2016 saw a record-breaking 2,825 entries submitted the judges must have had a really difficult job narrowing down each category to just 4 submissions each for the shortlist. We took a look at the shortlisted entries and chose our favourites from each of the categories to give you an idea of the sheds being entered and who the potential winner could be!

    A selection of our favourite sheds

    Have you ever experienced a flood and had your shed suffer from the damage? Not to mention all of the goods inside your shed? Well, these guys decided they wanted to make sure that if a flood did happen, their shed could be lifted off the ground. We didn't quite know what to make of it, a shed that is suspended in the air sounded a bit strange to us, and some heavy lifting would definitely need to be involved. But when we saw what they had done we were extremely impressed.

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  4. Thirlmere Set of Three Planters Spring Giveaway

    Thirlmere Set of Three Planters Spring Giveaway

    With sunny days and April showers, it’s time to get your garden ‘spring-ready’. What better way to encourage you all to get out into your gardens this Spring than offering up a brilliant Spring Giveaway!!!

    We are well and truly getting into the Spring spirit here at Buy Sheds Direct HQ so we are giving you the chance to win these fab Thirlmere ‘Set of 3’ Planters, which will make a perfect addition to any garden or patio.

    We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Buy Sheds Direct Facebook Page

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent gift bundle, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Monday 1st May at midnight and the winner will be announ

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  5. Charlie 4x4 Playhouse Giveaway

    Charlie 4x4 Playhouse Giveaway

    It's giveaway time again here at Shedstore!

    We are hosting the giveaway over on our Shedstore Facebook Page

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent 4x4 Charlie Playhouse, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Monday 1st May at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day – Tuesday 2nd May.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Monday 1st May 2017
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be enter

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  6. How to build a pergola

    A pergola is a great way to support climbing and rambling plants. Pick the right plant (think of wisteria, honeysuckle and jasmine) and you could be walking through a tunnel of perfume as you stroll around the garden. Correctly positioned, a pergola can frame a particular view of the garden. Every garden usually needs to make full use of all available space – and that includes the vertical.

    The trick to getting a pergola to last a long time is to use pressure treated wood - that includes uprights and cross beams. When planning you also need to ensure you have enough space to walk through the pergola without stooping or, worse still, banging your head. A clear seven feet usually does the trick. What this means, however, is that the uprights need to be sunk and concreted into the ground to a depth of three feet. It seems deep, especially when you are digging the holes, but the weight of the post plus the weight of the cross beams plus the weight of fully grown wisteria i

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  7. Log store plans

    If you have a wood burner, you have to have a supply of dry logs. And that’s 'dry' as in seasoned and 'dry' as in not dripping wet from last night rain. A log store is the answer.

    an end view of logs of different sizes a log fire against a dark background

    Log store plans

    A good log store allows great air circulation between the logs (ideally, in a good stack the gaps between the logs should be large enough to allow a mouse to run through). All you really need is a roof on the thing to keep the rain off. Utilising the side of a shed is a great idea if it is handily placed; in fact, some of our sheds fea

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  8. Log store design ideas

    Log store design ideas

    Log burners are a must-have item and to keep one well fed you will need to stack your logs. A log store needs to keep the worst of the rain off your logs and allow air to circulate around the wood. If you just dump all your wooden logs in a heap and expect them to get on with it, then you are destined for disappointment. A log store will make sure your logs are ready to use at the drop of a hat (or the drop in temperature).

    Different ideas to utilise space

    A log store needs to have a roof and be deep enough to allow a couple of layers deep of logs. Ideally, it will be placed near the house or wherever the log burner is situated. It saves that mid evening dash up the garden, head torch in place, in freezing temperatures to stock up.

    1. Log stores are easily situated next to sheds, indeed utilising one wall of the shed (or garage) – think of one as a lean-to store.
    2. You could utilise the space below a large potting table if you have one out
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  9. How to build a log store

    How to build a log store

    There has been a massive upsurge in wood burner installations. This has obviously resulted in many more piles of wood being stored in preparation for colder nights. But only dry wood burns well, so a log store is an essential part of the garden.

    Dry wood can mean two things. Wood can be dry in that the overall moisture content is low i.e. it has been cut and dried for a year or more, resulting in a material that will burn efficiently. Dry can also mean it has been kept out of the rain and is dry to the touch. A moisture meter will tell you the moisture content, and handling the split wood logs will give an indication of whether or not it has been sitting out in the rain for weeks. The idea is that with dry logs you won't need your fire to drive out the moisture before it gives off any heat. It stops that rather tiresome smouldering look.

    Keeping wood dry

    But to dry wood, or to keep wood dr

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  10. How to turn your shed into a cosy winter hideaway

    How to turn your shed into a cosy winter hideaway

    Be it a Man Cave or She Shed, a secret snug is a place to savour. If yours is draughty, leaky and prone to spiders, moths and mice, then perhaps you need to put a little effort in to get it cosy. It doesn't take much.

    Clear the clutter

    No-one wants to share a space with a torn hessian sack or half empty and damp bag of charcoal (or is that just me?). With the rubbish gone, give the whole place a tidy. Find space elsewhere (garage perhaps?) for anything you don't use every week and then get to work adding the comfy factor.

    Make your shed practical

    If you are planning to use your shed for long periods of time stick some insulation in place. It's easily done and will instantly make things warmer. Same goes for de-draughting windows and doors. Then you need a heater. Think carefully as chances are there are some pretty flammable substances in the shed – so move them out or take into account when choosing.  And always think of safety –

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