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Nothing beats the taste and aroma of freshly picked herbs especially when they have travelled food metres and not miles. A herb planter placed in a sunny spot outside your kitchen door will provide handfuls if not armfuls of herbs for many months of the year. Whichever herb planter you choose, ensure it has plenty of drainage holes and is planted up using well-drained compost. Add extra grit until you hear the crunch when mixing. Drainage and a sunny site is vital to the success of your plants. But first,

A greenhouse makes so much more of the gardening year. You can start growing early in spring, you can finish late in autumn and you can keep things looking great over winter. But a greenhouse can take up a lot of space. You do after all need a few feet all around a traditional greenhouse for maintenance and to allow light into the structure. So, if you want a greenhouse but are limited on space, look no further than a lean to greenhouse. They are fantastic. A lean to does what

A potting shed is a special shed with a purpose of its very own. It is designed for us gardeners who love to grow-your-own, nurture seedlings into plants and spend hours pottering in the shed. Perhaps they should be called pottering sheds instead? Here we look at a few different potting shed designs that allow us pottering gardeners the best environment and storage for growing. Potting Sheds Potting sheds are the perfect solution to growing seedlings and plants in a garden where there isn’t space for a dedicated greenhouse. Combining the

One of the easiest ways that people can reduce pollution on an individual level is by growing plants that help the environment. Creating more green material helps to purify the air, which leads toward a cleaner plant through the reduction of the effects of pollution. The benefits of all things green is undeniable. The increase of flora (trees, shrubs, herb gardens, house plants, vegetable crops, and decorative flowers) does actually help to reduce pollution. The process by which the plants do this is a natural one; they release oxygen into

One of the most valuable assets any gardener may possess is a greenhouse. For those gardeners fortunate enough to have one, the growing season can be extended. This enables the gardeners to make the best use of the sun for longer periods of time. A wide range of fruit and vegetable crops can be produced in a greenhouse, but there is a bit of a difference between crops grown as starter plants and greenhouse vegetables. It is important for someone new to this process to understand what is good to

Throughout history people have been using plants called herbs to flavour food, for dye, perfume, and even for cosmetics. Certain herbs are thought by many to have the power to repel insects, evil, and even vampires, while other herbs create good luck and attract the perfect lover. Herbs are used by some people to cure headaches and burns, but culinary herbs are usually the most widely used. In fact, many kitchen gardeners relish the opportunity to use fresh herbs at home. It is quite convenient to grow an indoor herb

The urge to garden becomes stronger with each day the late-winter sun rises higher in the sky. Gardeners love reconnecting with the earth and waking up their garden to a new growing season. Since it is never good to begin working the soil too early, there are projects that gardeners can do in early spring to fulfil their urge to begin their gardening season. While completing tasks like clearing drainage ditches, repairing garden fixtures, organising and sharpening garden tools and weeding young spring weeds is necessary for early spring garden

The garden calendar begins to fill up with various activities during March. Many gardens are starting to come alive with the warmer weather, signalling that spring has arrived. March is a time for spring plants; trees and shrubs, climbers, and even new herbaceous perennial plants can still be planted as well. Generally speaking, this is the time to complete soil preparation of beds and borders. Digging or turning over the soil will help to provide ample ventilation for new plantings. A close eye should be kept on greenhouses throughout the

Whether you’re growing a bountiful vegetable garden for your own produce or want to have beautiful flowers surrounding your home all year round, the key to your garden’s success will significantly be impacted by the kind of soil it’s growing in. Simply put, the healthier the soil is, the healthier your garden will be. Though some of the best ways to enhance the nutrients of the soil is to add compost, fertiliser, manure, and other environmentally friendly nutrients, it’s important to determine what kind of soil you already have, as

Creating compost

Advice on producing your own compost at home By making your own compost, you will save money and help the environment by recycling food scraps and reducing the amount of waste you send to landfill. Effectively you are using your kitchen and office waste as a free soil improver. You can use this compost to enhance your gardens soil to grow fruit, vegetables or other plants – either directly on the soil or within a raised bed. Our Home Composter Options At Shedstore, we have a selection of timber composters