Monthly Archives: November 2017

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. A guide to DIY bird feeders

    A guide to DIY bird feeders

    The local ecosystem includes garden birds. It is simple to attract birds to your garden and doing so has certain benefits that include pest control, flower pollination, and weed control. A number of insects that may not be welcome in the garden include mosquitoes, aphids, spiders, and various others. Since many birds eat insects it makes sense to attract birds and thus encourage them to eat the natural insect resources that are around.

    Birds, such as hummingbirds as well as others, sip nectar and are great pollinators of flowers in the garden. Increased pollination will create extra blooms, which adds more colour and thus attracts even more birds. Some birds like sparrows and finches consume seeds of weeds. This makes these birds suitable landscapers that can control some unwanted plants or weeds. One of the best ways to attract birds to the yard is with various types of feeders and water features. These items can be purchased at the local garden centre, but can be quite exp

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  4. Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    So, you’ve finally decided – 2018 is going to be your year. You’re finally going to get in shape and improve your fitness. What better way to finally get a head-turning beach body than hopping on a bicycle? Fantastic exercise and great fun! You’ve purchased a new top of the range model, carbon fibre components galore. Your new friends at the cycling club are going to be in awe as you race past!

    But, there’s a problem - where are you going to keep it?

    The hallway? No chance. Your other half would not be best pleased if your muddy tyres stained the new cream carpets, not to mention the possibility of scraping the paintwork off the walls or, even worse, knocking the bike over whilst you’re laden with shopping bags.

    Perhaps locked up outside? A better option, but unfortunately there are thieves and vagabonds at large, possessing all sorts of tools to make short work of flimsier bike locks. Definitely not worth

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  5. How to Insulate Your Shed

    How to Insulate Your Shed

    More and more ordinary sheds are being converted into places of extraordinary activity. Workrooms, chill out space and hobby dens are all evolving from the humble 6x8. But to make a shed a comfortable place to work, rest and play, the structure has to be insulated. And that’s against the cold in winter and heat in summer.

    Beware the Bubble

    Before making any changes to a shed ensure everything you do isn't increasing the risk of fire. Bubble plastic is often tacked to the inside of a shed and yes, it insulates (it’s its job!) but it can aid the spread of fire quickly through a wooden structure. It will also trap a lot of moisture in the shed and papers may curl and metals rust. It’s a quick way to insulate but think carefully about long-term consequences.

    Framed

    A shed will have a frame onto which the outer cladding is fixed. And that creates an instant gap perfect for foil backed po

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  6. 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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  7. 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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