The Buy Sheds Direct Blog

  1. How to dry and season firewood

    Seasoning your firewood in one of our Log stores

    Having your own open fire is a real treat, by preparing your own firewood you could save money and have a sense of accomplishment. The process of seasoning, or drying, your firewood can take a long time but is vital. Fresh timbers can contain between 30 to 60 % water and wont burn well in your fireplace. If you did try to burn wet logs you will generate more particulates and greenhouse gases or even creosote (or tar). All of this will clog up your chimney and could lead to unwanted fires.

    The dryer the timbers then the cleaner and more efficient they will burn on your fire. If there is still too much moisture then more energy will be used to boil off this water, rather than heat your home. You really need to consider proper firewood storage to ensure the logs are adequately dried out.

    The basic steps to drying your firewood using a log store:

    1. Always use the summe
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  2. Garden butterfly numbers drop 20% in the UK

    Monarch Butterfly Conservation | BuyShedsDirect UK

    Butterflies in the garden are such a familiar and enjoyable sight, but year-on-year numbers have been dropping.

    So far, this years cool summer and the reduction in habitat throughout the UK, has led to a 22 % reduction in butterfly numbers.

    The volunteers from the charity Butterfly Conservation has been conducting research into butterfly numbers since 2009.

    Their findings have shown a steady decline in native butterfly numbers, on average the volunteers saw 80 butterflies and up to 8 species. The survey has shown that there has been around a 20 % reduction in butterfly nu

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  3. Forest Maranello Planter Giveaway

    Forest Maranello Planter Giveaway

    Here at Buy Sheds Direct we’re giving you the chance to win a Fantastic Forest Maranello Planter which will make the ideal addition to any garden, patio or outside space. Simplicity can sometimes work wonders, and that’s just the case with the Maranello Planter. A skillfully designed base, accompanied with a dome–topped diamond trellis panel ensure this product offers a wonderful setting for your flowers and climbing plant–like alike.

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

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent Maranello Planter, 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.

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  4. Forest Bordeaux Arbour Summer Giveaway

    We are giving you all the chance to win a stunning Forest Bordeaux Arbour, offering you a taste of Mediterranean garden life and a perfect garden retreat. An angled seat makes this arbour one of our most comfortable and welcoming pieces of garden furniture, where you can spend hours enjoying your garden this summer. Not only that, but the lattice sections create an ideal place for climbing plant life to flourish.

    What would be more perfect than to sit back, relax and enjoy your time in your garden with this beautiful arbour?

    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 20

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  5. The Best Plastic Storage Boxes for 2017

    Plastic stores can be the perfect solution for your garden storage needs: easy to assemble, low maintenance and durable, plus the variety of sizes and designs ensures there is a plastic store for every garden.

    Suncast Deck Box Side table (SHS19416): blow moulded construction has created a strong, double walled, durable resin side table with a hinged lid. Java in colour and a wicker lookalike, it blends into any patio area, modern or traditional. It is perfect for storing smaller items and obviously as a side table for lanterns, candles and drinks. Once put together (and that takes minutes) there is little or no maintenance. A quick wipe down with warm, soapy water is all it needs to keep this beauty looking in tip-top condition. Each side tabl

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  6. The Best Wooden Greenhouses for 2017

    The look, smell and sheer beauty of a wooden greenhouse is one of life's greatest pleasures. Superbly practical with inherent good looks - a wooden greenhouse is a structure to cherish.

    Wooden Mini Greenhouse: this is a lovely way to get started in greenhouse gardening or if your garden is bijou. It’s ideal for the experienced gardener as well. All the timber in this 1.2m x 0.62m is pressure treated and therefore has a whopping 15 year guarantee against rot. The wide double doors allow easy access to your seedlings and plants while the tongue and groove cladding and slatted shelves add up to a sturdy structure. It is easy to assemble and will last for decades.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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!

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  10. 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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