Monthly Archives: August 2016

  1. Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Four

    Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Four

    After weeks of anticipation and shed loads of breathtaking, inspirational and ingenious sheds, at last, it’s time for the grand final!

    So far we’ve seen six category winning sheds make it to the final and there are still two more places up for grabs. Before we see who was crowned the winner of Shed of the Year 2016, let’s meet the amazing sheds in the final two categories…

    What happened in episode 4?

    The Budget shed category finalists:

    This is the thriftiest category ever as the sheds in this category cost no more than £300! This just shows that even with the tiniest of budgets and the biggest imagination, you will be amazed at what can be achieved and we certainly found this out with our first entry…

    Peter Sedo relied on his creative flare to design his dre

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  2. Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Three

    Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Three

    We are half way through the shed world’s equivalent to the Oscars. Last week’s episode of our favourite TV show – Shed of the year saw the Eco and Unexpected shed categories which included a shed which housed a crocodile and a shed which raises off the ground, this week’s episode was nothing short of amazing either. On Friday night’s episode George Clark introduced us to the 4 finalists in the Workshop/Studio category and the 4 finalists in the Pub/Entertainment category. Let’s look at the fine sheds which are on the quest to become the king or queen of sheds…

    What happened in episode 3?

    The Workshop/Studio category finalists:

    The first category on Friday’s show was the Workshop/Studio sheds; these are a haven where ideas take seed and flourish. The home for creativity and invention where passion and ingenuity mix with the humble garden shed.

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  3. Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Two

    Shed of the Year 2016: Episode Two

    On Friday night we saw the second episode of the fantastic ‘Shed of the Year’ and wasn’t it a great one! Last week’s episode saw the Unique and Historic shed categories where we were introduced to some very inspirational and far out spaces and this week was no different. So far the sheds which we have seen have been awe inspiring and quite frankly bonkers! During episode 2 we met some of the finalists that could be in the running to take the shed crown!

    What happened in episode 2?

    The Eco shed category finalists:

    The first category in this episode is the Eco sheds; the sheds in this category are trying to save the planet one shed at a time! We got to celebrate Sheddies with ingenious recycling ideas and championing eco-friendly design.

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  4. Your August Garden

    Your August Garden

    I'm not sure where the year is going as August tips over onto the calendar and everything in the garden is growing so quickly. In the greenhouse, the cucumbers and tomatoes are, to say the least, prolific. Cucumbers are being passed over the garden hedge to neighbours and no visitor to the house goes away empty-handed. I do wish the aubergines would get a move on though. Lots of leaves, plenty of flowers but no fruit yet so I'm helping the pollination along by tapping the plants as I do with the tomatoes (fingers crossed they’ll hurry up as moussaka is a favourite!).

    Temperatures in the greenhouse reach extraordinarily high levels on sunny days, even in the UK. I always make sure to open the door and damp the floor (but I still reckon the temperatures have 'cooked' some embryonic cucumbers). However, the plants do look great so any of the few fruits that fall off early won't be missed.

    I've got a lot of plants growing in containers and they need a litt

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  5. How can gardening help hedgehogs?

    The hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild animals. Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ for their love of feasting on those pesky worms and slugs, hedgehogs can be spotted roaming our gardens at night but sadly the number of them in the UK is rapidly decreasing. So what’s happening to the hedgehog population?

    Why hedgehogs need help;

    Hedgehogs once thrived in the UK - in the 1950’s there were over 30 million of our spikey friends - but now this figure has dropped to less than a million.

    The most significant reason behind the drop in numbers is the result of the loss of their natural habitat in Britain. The increase in population and the need for more housing is a concern. Hedgehogs need somewhere to shelter, hibernate and raise their young and hedges are the perfect place for this. They provide easy access in and out of a garden and, with leaves gathering at the bottom, it makes the perfect a

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