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Tidying the shed


by Jane Moore

If your shed is anything like mine, it could probably do with a jolly good clear out. My shed becomes the repository for all sorts of bits and bobs through the summer months...


jm_shed_07112008If your shed is anything like mine, it could probably do with a jolly good clear out. My shed becomes the repository for all sorts of bits and bobs through the summer months. Netting, canes, saved seeds, old labels and pots, a half-eaten packet of well-past-their-best Jaffa cakes - they all languish in forgotten corners providing a veritable feast for woodlice.

I swear I've got an entire eco-system evolving within the confines of my shed. I should probably get Richard Jones, gardenersworld.com's wildlife blogger to come and take a look! On second thoughts, perhaps not - he too would be horrified at the slovenly state of things.

So, I've had a set to. Gone are all the holey bits of netting that don't fit the beds properly. Gone too are the past-it seeds and pots and the worn-out canes that would split as soon as I poked them into the first inch of soil. And no more ancient Jaffa cakes (sorry about sharing that with you but honesty is my policy).

After a good sweep up, my tools are hung up and cleaned properly for the first time in months, good strong netting is folded and tied up with string and sturdy canes are neatly stood up in a drainpipe in the corner. Now all I need to do is replace the Jaffa cakes with something a bit more wholesome and worthy of the new-look shed. Wholemeal digestives I think.



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Gardeners' World Web User 08/11/2008 at 20:52

I bet my shed's in a worse state than yours. I can't actually get in the door now. I have to reach over stacked bikes, to reach precariously for the tool box or the packet of nails. Each entry is a mission requiring crampons and back-up at base camp.

Gardeners' World Web User 09/11/2008 at 14:48

I have just read the comments on tidying the shed and although my shed is not too bad I really need to sort out my greenhouse which has taken over from the shed I think I need to start again oh where do I start

Gardeners' World Web User 10/11/2008 at 14:03

I have just recntly perchased a lovely 8ft x 6ft shed which t the moment stands empty but give it time and the tea bags will pile up and soon we won't be able to see the floor!

Gardeners' World Web User 11/11/2008 at 11:06

I recall treating myself to a new 7'x4' shed for the allotment some years ago and being berated by older astonished skinflint plotholders (which I now seem to have magically morphed into!) who advised me sagely that I should have made it out of old doors! They should see it now though. Still untidy, still leaking and wonderful as all sheds are!

Gardeners' World Web User 11/11/2008 at 14:33

I have big plans for my shed such as; [now where did i put the kettle]

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