Monthly Archives: November 2017
A greenhouse in winter is rather like the beginning of a football season, the first day of The Ashes or the opening night of a spectacular West-End theatre production.
It's an incredibly exciting time, a period for optimism and the ideal moment to get key jobs done. Find out what, exactly, here, straight from the mouth of our gardening expert.
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.
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
Store & Secure Your Bike
Your bike is an investment. If you have a family, you'll most likely have more than one bike. Are they left out to face the elements? At risk of theft? Or are they cluttering up the garage or hallway, tripping you up time and time again.
The solution? A bike store!
Types of Bike Storage
Wooden Bike Sheds
Best kept in a garden or side passageway, wooden bike stores should be kept out of sight of opportunistic passers-by. Admittedly more vulnerable than their metal counterparts, they look fantastic, blending in perfectly with a traditional garden thanks to their natural appearance.
You also have the option to
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.
A shed will have a frame onto which the outer cladding is fixed. And that creates an instant gap perfect for foil backed po
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:
- Always use the summe
Posted: November 22, 2017|
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 numbers per year since 2009.
What can I do to attract butterflies?
Butterflies will visit any garden as you will notice in summer. Attracting butterflies to your garden and creating a supportive habitat couldn't be easier.
So it is possible to create a