Wooden Potting Sheds
Our Platinum Potting Sheds are extremely popular with the gardener as they have been carefully designed with their needs in mind. Obviously the main purpose of this type of building is growing but we appreciate that someone with such a keen interest in the garden doesn’t want an ugly building blighting the sanctuary of their garden so we offer a choice of two distinct styles which will fit comfortably in any setting.
Whichever model you choose you can be assured that we fit as much glass as possible to ensure that the maximum amount of light floods in to help your plants develop. A strong workbench is fitted beneath the windows as standard and we fit a sturdy stable door to every building to ensure that it remains a comfortable place to work.
As versatile as they are unique in their quality, both models can be used for multiple purposes other than sowing seeds. We have, for example, supplied several Platinum Medstead Potting Sheds which we have insulated and fitted upgraded to double glazed windows for local artists.
There are three building configurations available: Alton – traditional sloping glass front with opening window. Medstead – modern vertical front to maximise growing space. Alresford – versatile building with a half glazed roof for maximum light All models feature stable doors in the end wall and a bench beneath the windows which are located within the side wall however alternatives are always possible as are partitions to create a separate storage shed if desired.
The Platinum Alresford Apex Solar Potting Shed sun room as many uses. It can be used as a sun room or possibly has a garden potting shed. Even an hobby room as the light will flow in. Soundly built from redwood deal timber for long life. You won’t find any chipboard, OSB or other ‘nasties’ in this building.
Included in the price is delivery and assembly to make life easy for you. Visit our potting shed display areas in Surrey where would normally have this sun room cum potting shed on display.
The Platinum Frensham Greenhouse-Shed Combination is the answer to your needs. You have a superb 6 ft x 6ft greenhouse, naturally with toughened glass for safety, and a super shed for storing your tools, seed trays and garden accessories away from prying eyes.
By combining the Greenhouse with a garden shed you have a visually pleasing garden building which is very functional and eco-friendly – just think of the lovely fruit, strawberries etc which you will be able to enjoy.
The Platinum Medstead Sun Room a very modern looking potting shed boasting a great deal of light without losing out on internal growing area. Cladding, floor and framing is pressure treated for long life. Also includes stable door, bench and opening window.
Using this potting shed will allow you to grow some delightful produce for you to enjoy. Besides that this modern potting shed includes free fitting to save you time and effort. How good is that?
The Platinum Alton Potting Shed with its large expanse of glass is the ideal building for any ‘green fingers’ enthusiasts. The light flooding in through the glass will encourage all those little plants to flourish & thrive. With its stable door, bench & opening window it’s all there as a package for you.
To make life easy this garden potting shed will be delivered and assembled in your garden free of charge. To see examples of the Sapphire garden sheds visit our shed display site near Guildford in Surrey.
Every gardener would love the possibilities presented by the addition of a Diamond Potting Shed. With three distinct designs in a huge range of sizes we are confident that you will find something to delight however we can also build to order if you require something a little different. From a small potting shed right up to a very large building.
Portslade – This lean to potting shed is available in sizes from 1.8m x 1.2m (6’ x 4’) up to 4.8m x 3.6m (16’ x 12’) and boasts a fully-boarded sloping pent-style roof. There is a 0.76m (2’ 6”) stable door with a rim-lock as well as a slatted potting bench beneath the windows. The highest part of the roof – 2.06m (6’ 9”) internally on all models – sits directly above the bench making this a good option if you plan on growing taller plants atop the bench.
Pulborough – Similar to our Portslade model however the Pulborough boasts an attractive fully-boarded apex-style roof. The slatted wooden potting bench, opening window(s) and stable door remain however the internal ridge heights vary on this style dependant upon the width of the building. On buildings up to 2.7m (9’) wide the ridge will be 2.06m (6’ 9”) and on 2.7m (9’) models it will increase to 2.13m (7’); on 3.0m (10’) and 3.3m (11’) models this will become 2.18m ( 7’ 2”) and on 3.6m (12’) models a lofty 2.31m (7’ 7”)
Petworth – This ever-popular model is an upgraded version of our Pulborough with half of the roof being replaced with a unique toughened glass roof design to allow the maximum amount of light to flood in.
The Diamond Petworth Apex Solar Potting Shed sun room as many uses. It can be used as a sun room or possibly has a garden potting shed. Even an hobby room as the light will flow in. Soundly built from redwood deal timber for long life. You won’t find any chipboard, OSB or other ‘nasties’ in this building.
Included in the price is delivery and assembly by glass garden builders to make life easy for you. Visit our garden shed display site near Woking where would normally have this sun room cum potting shed on display.
The Diamond Timber Portslade Garden Solar Potting buildings is different to other garden potting sheds, there is glass on the front and end walls letting the sun rays flood in. No wasted space with this design.
With the optional ½ glass roof you have the benefit of a greenhouse but the versatility of a garden shed – the best of BOTH worlds. Naturally we have one on display so you can see how good this potting shed is. Assembled FREE. Available in Apex or Pent styles at the same price. Sizes from 6×4 up to 16×12.
The Diamond Graffham Greenhouse-Shed Combination is the answer to your needs. You have a superb 6 ft x 6½ ft greenhouse, naturally with toughened glass for safety, and a super 6 ft x 3½ ft shed for storing your tools, seed trays and garden accessories away from prying eyes.
By combining the Greenhouse with a garden shed you have a visually pleasing garden building which is very functional and eco-friendly – just think of the lovely tomatoes, strawberries which you will be able to enjoy.
Our ranges of wooden potting sheds give you a great choice to choose from. You can select the traditional, the more modern contemporary style or ones designed to be versatile with many uses. All made to an unbeatable standard and not down to a price. We are happy to offer these buildings to you. Some people even use these buildings as summer houses or garden offices. If you have then lined and insulated then they can be a viable option.
Everything about them is right from the solid floor, to the solid 2×2 vertical framework, to the good eaves (the lowest part of the workshop) height and with well braced stable doors with proper locks. To appreciate how good they are you really need to see them. And you can examples at our garden buildings display site near Guildford and Farnham. It’s well worth a visit just to see these buildings.
All potting sheds are erected free of charge saving you time, money and aching muscles. A great reason to choose these delightful wooden buildings.
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Choosing A Solar Potting Shed Greenhouse
It the time of year when winter is nearly over and spring is about to spring. Easter is only a few weeks away and this traditionally is when the garden starts to get its owners’ full attention. This year Easter is the earliest it has been for a number of years and for the life of me I can’t understand why the date keeps changing. Christmas is the same every year so why not Easter?
Anyway, Easter is one of the busiest time of the year for getting out into the garden and seeing what needs doing. The garden shed is often a likely candidate, certainly if it is one of the cheap ones available on the web. I’m sure you know what I mean – the ones with chipboard or OSB floors and worse roofs which start to disintegrate as soon as they get wet.
The sheds which you CAN’T see before you buy. Yes, they are cheap but just think why these sheds are cheap. Maybe this time is worth looking at sheds just a little bit better and, quite radically, only buying a garden shed you can see. You know it makes sense.
A greenhouse or potting shed for the garden is another consideration and it nearly always a good idea. Whilst helping with your gardening hobby you can grow delicious fruit and vegetable and saves loads of money. Also, this produce which you grow also tastes nicer and you have the satisfaction of having grown it your self.
Owning your own greenhouse or potting shed means you can enjoy many happy hours and also can help socially. With a common interest, and even more so when society is trying to be greener, you can share ideas and maybe produce for both your interests. The benefits of owning your own greenhouse combination shed include improving your health and relieving stress from the day to day world.
The greenhouse is not the only option for growing fruit and vegetables although it is the first garden building thought about when considering these type of buildings. You will find that wooden potting sheds can come in many sizes and shapes. Traditionally these garden buildings were all timber but over the year the aluminium greenhouses have become more popular, mainly because of cost.
Usually glazed with horticultural glass, (this is glass which may have small imperfections in it but it is ideally suited for this purpose) Polycarbonate, plastic or even polyethylene can be used. I personally would not consider plastic or polyethylene but glass or polycarbonate will do the job admirably. An opening window and, or, skylights would be a good idea for ventilation. There are also many shapes which include the orangery style which harks back to the good old Victorian times. 1st Choice Leisure Buildings have examples of lean to and apex potting sheds and greenhouses on their display site for viewing so, if interested, take a trip out to see these super garden buildings.
Another option is a combination greenhouse and garden shed such as the Diamond Graffham or the Platinum Frensham combi greenhouse with shed. With these garden buildings, you would normally find about 2/3 rds of the building would be a greenhouse – potting shed and the remaining 1/3 rd would be a garden shed. You would then be able to conveniently store your garden tools and plant pots and boxes in the shed section.
This combination greenhouse-garden shed also looks very neat and tidy. Normally available in varying lengths and widths. You will also find the Graffham and Frensham can have the garden shed and greenhouse in different proportions to suit your needs. Again, ensure you take a look at these buildings before buying so you don’t end up with a cheap imitation. Also ask about the door in the side rather than in the end, if that suits your garden better.
A third option is a garden potting shed. This tends to be a garden shed with a large expanse of glass on one side. Traditionally the glass will slope backwards at an angle – lean to type- as it’s claimed this makes the most of the sun. The only downside to this is that it reduces dramatically the interior space. If you take a look at the Diamond and Platinum potting shed you will see they given a lot of thought to the design and this ensures that you do not lose any space inside, hilt having a massive expanse of glass on the front and both ends.
This very popular potting shed is available with a pent (single slope) roof as well as an apex (gable) roof. They have also added a half glass roof option so you do not miss out on any sunshine – a true masterpiece. Complete with slatted potting bench, opening window and stable door there are no standard extras required.
How to choose? Take a look at all three types of greenhouses, greenhouse combination sheds and solar potting sheds at 1st Choice Leisure Buildings Surrey display sites. These experts, who have been involved with the manufacture of garden buildings since 1979 recognise that they are here to serve you and not to push onto you whatever THEY choose. You know it makes sense.
Also, think about how the building will be assembled. All can be a little tricky so it’s good to use the free glass garden builders installation service provided by 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. What’s not to like about that?
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The normal greenhouse or potting shed is glazed with glass so most people would think, however, up in Lancashire, a forward looking gardening group have experimented and proved that there are environmental friendly alternatives. ‘Grow and Sow’ (gardening group) have managed to create a greenhouse using 1200 plastic drinks bottles reported the local newspaper, the Lancashire Telegraph. As there is an abundance of plastic bottles which mainly end up in landfill sites this has to be a good thing.The head of the project, Gillian Preston, built the greenhouse on the Hodge House Allotments said that their gardening group had wanted to build something out of rubbish items destined for landfill. She went on to say to the newspaper that they wanted something which was practical and which the children, the country’s future, could be involved in. It has evolved into a true community effort.
The pupils at Holy Saviour Primary School in Nelson Lancs and local residents were involved with the construction of this greenhouse so a real team effort. The plastic bottles were cut off at the bottom and then secured together with cane. This was then supported on a timber frame. Although sounding a little rickety I am sure that the local school was pleased with the results.
Plastic greenhouses are quite unusual in Britain and Brentwood but plastic garden sheds are quite common and appeal to environmentally friendly people. Richard Branson is also keen on the reuse of materials where possible. However, having a potting shed or greenhouse made from plastic drinks bottles sounds very ‘Blue Peter ish’. OK in principle but in practice ??
With the ever rising cost of fresh food more and more people are turning to their gardens to grow fruit and vegetables to supplement their family needs. The common old garden shed can play a big part in this as the shed will protect all the gardening tools from getting damaged or stolen. The shed also pays for itself as you can store all the garden fertiliser and bulbs in there and it can also be a good place to keep your root vegetables cool and dry.You don’t necessarily have to have a purpose built garden shed but potting sheds are very popular and it’s easy to see why. They have the benefit of a normal shed with the storage but there is a lot of light with the windows on the front and both ends. On most potting sheds the front windows slopes backwards which restricts the amount of interior space, however, the Diamond and Platinum Potting sheds are different. Whilst they have windows on the front and both ends the windows on the front are vertical giving you the maximum of working space with the shed. They even have an option for half the roof to be glass which is brilliant.
The choice of vegetables which is grown is immense from potatoes, peas, broad beans, brussel sprouts, lettuces etc. However the most popular choice for many are tomatoes. Easily grown along the garden shed in pots, provided it’s a little shady, or in the potting house, initially on the bench to catch the sun and then on the shed floor or outside. Most people can grow tomatoes even if you don’t have ‘green fingers’. The other benefit is that not much digging is required.
There are of course a few things to think about whether the tomatoes are in the potting shed or outside and that is to check whether there are any smells coming from them. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has warned that if they start to give off a strange, distinctive odour then they could be under attack from botrtis fungus, which does not sound very nice. It’s been discovered by scientists in Germany and the Netherlands (why is it not called Holland?) that tomato plants actually emit high levels of hormone when they are infected with this fungus. This particular smell is noticeable before the problem becomes visible on the plant leaves and this early warning can help gardeners detect and treat this problem to limit the damage to the crop.
The fungus Botrytis can be prevalent in the humid conditions often found in greenhouses, garden potting sheds & solar sheds and this will allow it to spread. The plants are infected with a grey mould and can ruin a whole crop of tomatoes if not treated. The scientists hope that their research will enable gardeners to use less pesticide on their crops and to have to spend less time checking their tomatoes.
The leader of the research project, Ralph Jansen said that if you can identify an infestation in a greenhouse on time there will be less need for pesticides. In a separate issue the well known Wisley Gardens famed for its marvellous gardens and plants which gardeners around the country enjoy won the Attraction of the Year at the South East Tourism Awards.
Choosing The Best Greenhouse Or Potting Shed For Your Garden
The greenhouse is the building which most people think about first as being the best for growing produce or plants etc. And the main reason for this is the amount of glass within the building and this enables you to take full advantage of light coming into it. Add in benches and various other accessories and it will be a very versatile glass garden building.
Available in a range or materials the most popular is the aluminium greenhouse due mainly to the cost. A timber greenhouse feels more at home with the garden and it very popular but tends to be rather expensive. A third option is plastic and is the cheapest out of the three. The drawback is that it doesn’t last very long as it’s quite weak but can do a job for you. Besides that plastic is not very eco-friendly.
Normally available is a set range of sizes with the size of glass panes being a defining feature.
The Disadvantages of a Greenhouse:
Requires constant monitoring, maintenance and care and can be expensive to heat. Can increase electrical and water bills. An aluminium or plastic (but less with timber) greenhouse will reduce the aesthetic appeal of a garden. But may be a price worth paying.
Solar Potting Sheds
Wooden potting sheds are a very popular option these days and, being made of wood, tend to have a more attractive apprearance. The normally have glass on the front of the building and on both ends and this allows light to flood in allowing the bench under the window to be used in full. One of the main advantages is the versatility of these buildings as the wall on the back of the building and the on the two ends there is a large amount of storage space. They are also easier to keep warm and less prone to condensation. A very large range of sizes and will suit most sizes of garden.
The Disadvantages of a Potting Shed:
You won’t get as much space for growing inside against a comparable size greenhouse. The timber potting shed will need treating from time to time to keep it looking the best.
Combined Greenhouse Shed
A very popular option is for a greenhouse to be combined with a garden shed so you have a greenhouse and a potting shed together. The best of both worlds. Nearly always made in timber these buildings are a delight to look at – but again the beauty is in the eye of beholder. Having a dedicated greenhouse area gives you the best opportunity for growing the most from that area where as the garden shed part is ideal for your normal shed ‘bits and pieces’. Some would say a marriage made in heaven (or your garden).
The Disadvantages of a Greenhouse Shed Combination:
There is a limited number of sizes available but don’t really have many other vices. Well worth considering so take a look at one, if you can.
Whatever you choose all will enable you to grow produce in them, bring on the seedlings whilst the weather is cold or help your flowers and plants to prosper and get stronger.
Learn the Benefits of Greenhouse Gardening
A greenhouse needs to provide all the important aspects in the garden such as being able to develop and nurture plants in all types of climate conditions. It will provide a determined way and controlling way for the plants to grow. And, by doing so, will grow stronger and quicker than normal methods of gardening.
If the produce is planted outside there tends to be more time spent looking after the plants and pests can get at the produce whilst it’s growing. Which is never a good thing. At times the crop is left to fend for itself which can be disappointing when they finally get their crop. Also, some crops or plants can only survive at certain times of the year out side of the greenhouse or potting shed.
These greenhouses and potting sheds are a great boon in helping gardeners to grow plants all year round. And this is helped by planning the internal accessories inside the building to aid the growing. This can include heating, ventilation and humidity control systems and automatic opening windows. This control is even more important during the colder, darker months of the year.
All plants and produce need sunlight to develop and the natural warmth which radiates to the plant and produces the photosynthetic needed. This then supplies the chlorophyll needed to grow larger, stronger and larger. And this is key to a good crop.
The other side of the coin is to ensure that there is not too much exposure which is detrimental to the plant. Shading or covers must be used at crucial times in the growing cycle and this is where potting shed can be better as there are more shadier areas inside where the plants can be moved to. Controlling the ventilation is also key to a good and successful crop and the greenhouse owner should search for what ventilation aids are available.
Water is vital to successful growing and it’s a good idea to install gutters and downpipes to collect the rain and which is an ecologically friendly thing to do. You can add water barrels where the downpipes channel water directly into for storage. There are automated water systems which can have timers and metered water but these can be environmentally unfriendly although convenient as they can water the plants at specific times
With the larger greenhouses, garden glass buildings or potting sheds there maybe be space to keep it well organised and straight and this is where the potting shed has an advantage. The solid walls of the solar potting shed is a good place to fix tools and shelves and this enables the building to be more organised. A water supply and electric can also be fixed to the potting shed where as with the greenhouse it’s a little more awkward. Some people are happy to just spend their time in the building relaxing whilst looking after their plants.
Sometimes hydroponically oriented greenhouses are the talk of the times and organic chemical materials are supplied directly to the plants. It is an accepted way of growing and may mean the use of soil in the growing is reduced dramatically. By doing so space can be saved as well as time as the liquid solution is fed directly to the roots of the plant and this allows the plant to accept the nutrients faster and aids the growing of the plants. It will also increase the crop in most cases.
In all cases it’s great to be able to grow your own plants and produce. And whether to choose a greenhouse, a greenhouse-shed or potting shed all will serve their purpose well. All will be enjoyable and enable you to enjoy produce, plants or flowers from the buildings to enjoy in your lives. With the solar potting sheds and greenhouse combined shed there are glass garden builders available to assemble the buildings for you – and this is free with all 1st Choice wooden buildings.