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New shed - any tips?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 07:12

Thanks Busy.  I have some glass shelves I rescued from a shop that was closing down.  I thought they might be good for either the greenhouse or a new shed.  Haven't seen any resin shelves round here but they sound good.   Where did you get yours?

I used Curpinol on our first set of planks for raised beds in the veggie garden.  Easy to apply and lasted several years on untreated wood.  Thanks for reminding me.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 12:28

Doggies are fine thanks and gve us much pleasure.   Rasta is really enjoying having a playmate but has become a bit barky as she feels teh need to tell Bonzo everything in case he hasn't noticed someone is coming.     Bonzo is just gorgeous.  Very funny and cuddly and playful and has got over his fears of new experiences so has a lot more confidence.   He's quick to learn but can't manage "Sit" for more than a few seconds if there's food on offer.    They both love long walkies with OH at weekends and holidays and get absolutely filthy.

Can't walk them myself at the mo as I'm waiting to have my feet fixed.   Right foot gets done at the end of Jan and, if all goes well, the left foot 2 months later.

How are yours getting along?  

I like the sound of a treatment that shows the wood and fades attractively.    

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 07:59

Hello HCF.  I don't think you can get creosote any more but maybe a wood preserver wood be better than paint..  The new shed will be timber and, I assume, pre-treated.  I've only looked at sizes and shapes available and sustainable wood sources so far.    I want to make sure the one I choose lasts a good long time.   

I won't be storing bird food in there but composts and chicken pellets are likely candidates.    The shed will be in the garden and away from easy road access but good point about window security.

Thanks all.


New shed - any tips?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 15:45

Thanks Michael.  Good advice about the inside light and visibility and definitely easier to paint before it gets filled.    I'll be looking in to gutters and a water butt when we finally pick our model but I live in Belgium where every house is metered and mains leaks are not tolerated like say in Thames Water so we don't have garden hosepipe bans in droughts.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:40

We need to buy a new whed to store garden furniture and the lawnmower and no doubt other sundries such as pots in winter and bags of compost and so on.   i'm planning to get a wooden one but would welcome tips and dos and don'ts.

I'm planning to install a concrete base with a plastic sheet between it and the soil to help keep things dry and to give it an electricity supply. 

Is it advisable to paint the shed staightaway to extend its life and preserve its timber or should modern treatments be OK?  Flat roof or pointy for water run off?   Shelving systems?   Insulation?  Security?  Useful features or points to consider?



Spring bulbs

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:31

Yes and yes. If we get a cold spell they'll stop or slow down and wait for spring to start again.

It's worth going out and scattering wildlife friendly slug pellets about your borders as they do like to munch on new daff shoots and flowers. and slugs will be active in this warm spell too.

Health and safety!!

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 12:22

No sympathy.  Golden rod is horrible and a thug too.

Pruning old box hedge

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 12:54

I don't see why not.  The usual time for pruning box is around Derby day in early June.   It can be done from then into mid or late July.    Any new growth that forms later than that won't have time to harden before the frosts and can be badly damaged.

Clearing snow...

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 10:02

In Belgium it is required that householders clear the pavement along their housefront and this includes overhanging branches as well as snow.  The police can fine them if they don't.   Citizens are also required to have a family insurance which covers them for accidents on their porperty.

It would be good if we could, in turn, fine local councils who fail to grit roads when bad weather is forecast.   Our road had a thick layer of ice covered by snow after heavy rain froze and became snow in the night.  Lots of slips and slides and bent cars and shaken people.   

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 14:00

My supplier lsts most of his clematis with their degree of hardiness and has many good to -25C.

It's in French, or Flemish, but you can look up clems by name and check their hardiness.  Most have a photo but, if not, you can try here for more info - 

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