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Open Up Your Romsey Garden Shed
During the winter the garden tends to be forgotten as it preferable to stay indoors, certainly when we had the severe cold weather a while ago, and the garden shed was left in isolation. Probably the last time you went in your shed was to put your garden tools away which now will seem quite a while ago. You would have course have cleaned all your garden implements and stored them so they can stay dry and rust free ready for the spring – you did didn’t you? Never mind we have probably seen the worse of the winter in Romsey and the warm rays of the sun will be here soon and you can venture into your shed to see what you should have done. The garden itself will be looking a little sad and forlorn but it won’t take long when the sun comes out for the grass to start to show a little more green and your garden will start looking a lot healthier and greener. It’s at this time you will start feeling pleased with yourself until you realise now is the time to open the door of your garden shed and bring out the lawn mower and it becomes apparent that for the next 8-9 months you will be pushing this up and down the garden as the grass grows merrily away. I was told if you water the grass with whisky it will come up ‘half cut’ so that will save some time.
When you look outside you will see that weeds are still everywhere and, if left, will flourish when the warmer weather comes so now is the time to wrap up and get outside to sort this out. A trip down to the shed or potting shed to get a few tools such as a garden hoe, trowel and maybe an old screwdriver is what I would use on weeds in the concrete. The damp ground during the winter months helps to make this job easier as the roots have less to grip onto.
By pulling the weeds directly out of the garden this is more complete and is more environmentally friendly than using weed killers and various other nasties out of your garden shed. After a heavy rainfall is a good time to do this as the ground will be even softer. This is a job you really need to do to ensure that nettles and bindweed do not get the opportunity to flourish as these will spread rapidly. The sides of garden sheds (even modern sheds), fences and timber arbours are all places in the garden where these weeds can cling to.
Thistles and dandelions are some of the other main offenders and with a swift flick of the wrist with the trowel they can be uprooted from the garden leaving your grass, flowers and plants the best opportunity to grow. By removing the weeds this will help to improve drainage on your Romsey garden lawns and if you add potash to the garden this will help the garden lawn to survive the winter months, however, you do not want to be putting on any nitrogen-rich fertilisers yet and should wait until spring. At this time these fertilisers will aid quick, leafy growth.
Also during the winter it’s a good idea to apply a layer of mulch to any vulnerable plants to protect them from frost. When you have finished with your garden tools don’t forget to clean them before you put them away in your shed otherwise the tools will start to rust. Always ensure the shed is as dry as possible.
Kneel and Pray to the Garden Shed
At this time of the year we can look out into the garden in Romsey and start making plans for the coming spring which is not too far away. As soon as February has gone and the early part of March has arrived we can feel assured that our garden sheds will be called back into action in preparation for the warm months ahead. At the moment the shed is closed up, which is not always a good idea so it helps to open the shed up from time to time to allow air to circulate. Hopefully leading up to Christmas the gentle hints about the new garden tools you may like or the latest garden gadgets did appear in your stocking or large gardening welly boot. Some cheeky people had even suggested a new garden shed or a replacement for their existing sheds, however, I think most of these requests would have fallen onto deaf ears, still it was worth a try.
Each year more and more garden gadgets are invented, some not worth the light of day and will reside at the back of the shed after one use, other will be the next best thing to sliced bread and will make you wonder how you managed without it. From lawn aerators shoes where you walk over the lawn aerating the garden, to solar powered mole deterrents, to electric weed killers to soil testers for your garden plants. Add in new types of wheel barrows, spades, forks and rakes and you can see why your poor garden shed will be bulging at the seams.
During the Winter months many reviews of some of these gardening gadgets and tools has taken place and for green fingered people these were important reports on the ‘must have’ gadgets. One which was well recommended was a garden kneeler to help when you kneel down onto soggy gardens or grass, which is not good even for the younger gardeners out there, for us oldies it’s essential. Besides the health implications the dirt off the garden can ruin good clothes or make it hard to get them clean again so this seems like a good idea.
A garden kneeler was designed by Cath Kidston in Romsey and has handles on it so it can easily be used around the garden and when finished can be hung up in the shed. It also features an attractive floral print design for the ladies of the garden, although many men don’t mind these sort of features as well.
Barnitts’ kneeler is designed was people who have trouble getting up after kneeling down on the garden or flower beds. We all know what it’s like trying to straighten up after just a little while kneeling. The kneeler has a raised platform which doubles up as a step. There is also an option to have a fleece overcoat for maximum comfort for those who are feeling a little delicate when gardening. Even with the fleece this kneeler is quite compact and will take up only a little space on your garden shed wall. Besides these options Garden Divas have produced a soft model which is available in a range of colours and also features a garden waterproof cover.
Just recently advice was given about how to deal with weeds in the garden and also to clear any around the shed during the winter. This advice says that during the wet spells it still a good time to do this and this will give you more time in your shed or workshop when you open it up properly for the Spring. An ideal shed for Romsey if you wish.
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