You’ve had your name on the waiting list for months, you get the phone call and – yes! - you are, at last, an allotment holder. Now you need to plan.
The Small Print
The first thing is to check over your assigned allotment to ensure all is good. Ask the council (if council owned) or site representative if any extra services are available. Some will rotavate plots free of charge - but only do this if the plot is weed free. Otherwise you will be propagating mare’s tail, bindweed and couch grass.
Check the local rules and regs. There won't be anything too daunting but they should answer questions regarding bonfires, water use, upkeep and any discounts at local shops.
Picture this scene…
It’s been one of those glorious days, where the late-summer sun hung lazily in the blue, cloudless sky, completely uninterrupted, from the moment you rose until well into the evening. Now, as dusk begins to descend and you’re treated to a vibrant new moon and an ink-blue sky full of sparkling stars, you and your friends are ready to enjoy outdoor living at its finest, courtesy of your shrewd investments from Buy Sheds Direct.
Right on cue, your garden is tastefully illuminated by 50 charming Solar Garden Lighting Copper Wire LED Hearts (*£13.99), shining on your little social gathering but leaving the r
The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous, and well documented. But, living in such a technology-dominated world, it’s becoming more difficult to prise children away from their devices and encourage them to spend time outside. Compared to the wealth of television shows and online games available at their fingertips, it’s no wonder that a grassy area surrounded by fence panels or hedges seems rather dull.
No outdoor space can be considered complete without the addition of a stunning garden arbour. Where better to immerse oneself in a good book, to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work than a comfortable, stylish arbour, located in a secluded corner of the garden? Or, can you picture a superior spot to share a drink or two with your partner and enjoy a romantic evening watching the stars? You simply cannot beat a garden arbour.
No longer do gardeners have to spend their weekends and evenings trawling through the age-hardened pages of endless magazines, or struggle with heavy, outdated textbooks just to find the answer to a simple horticultural question. In today’s world, thanks to the wonders of the internet, a quick search yields thousands of results in mere seconds. Atop Google’s results for all things flowers and vegetables? The UK’s premier gardening and allotment blogs, of course.
Is there a better way of discovering the tried and tested tricks of the trade, the old tips, and the new ideas, than spending a quiet moment or two reading the musings of experienced gardeners, conveniently condensed into relatable, entertaining articles? We think not. We’ve done our research and analysed dozens of different blogs to find our favourites; why not take the time
The temperature is, at long last, reaching the high 20's. What does this mean for the Great British public? Friday evenings and Saturdays spent in beer gardens with a cold, refreshing pint in hand; complaints from employees and school children alike - ‘is it even legal to make us work/study in this heat?’; and, of course, the long-awaited return of summer barbecues with friends and family.
Is there anything better in life than relaxing in the garden on a Sunday afternoon, chowing down on a delicious barbecued
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own private sanctuary, somewhere to briefly escape the competing demands of the modern world? There’s no need to go far. The top of the garden is just fine, safely tucked away, within the grounds of your family home.
What type of building would you choose? One that is light, airy, can be connected to your home’s power supply? Perhaps you like the thought of some little extras, such as a veranda or decorative balustrades?
What would you use your little snug for? A place to relax, read the paper and watch the sports channel? A home office perhaps, or even a home gym?
As a family man or woman, perhaps you’d rather focus on the wider clan? Wouldn’t it make a superb location for you and your spouse to entertain family or friends? In fact, wouldn&r
With the rise of the ‘man cave’ and the ‘she shed’, the battle of the sexes has now moved into the back garden. These ‘homes within a home’ offer us the best of both worlds: a chance to relive our days of being young, free and single, whilst remaining within the happy confines of marital bliss. Much like men and women themselves, man caves and she sheds have much in common, yet also subtle differences, which give them both their own distinct identities. But how marked are these contrasts and which can lay claim to being the ultimate shed?
These are places which allow men to be ‘real men’, free from the confines and stuffy regulations of the home. Shoes do not need to be taken off when entering a man cave, for it is a place of work, as well as rest and play. Plates, cutlery and glasses