The British are known world wide for talking about the weather, whether it’s too cold, too hot, too wet, too windy etc. and nowhere is it talked about more that when we are in the garden. This is logical as when we are indoors it does not affect us that much but out and about it’s all too apparent. Gardeners are mostly affected by extremes in the weather when they are trying to grow produce in their garden.
Too cold and the frost can delay growth or even kill their plants. Too hot and the plants can wilt in the sun and with no rain the plants won’t even grow at all. So, depending on the weather, it’s back into your 11×7 garden shed, which more and more people are doing nowadays as it’s a more flexible building, to prepare for the change in weather as the shed can protect your plants from the cold and can be watered as required.
This situation is not likely to change soon as climate change is affecting most of the world. In the UK we have several global phenomenon such as the Gulf Stream and the Jet Stream. Both of these give us better and warmer weather that what we should receive at our latitude but any changes in these will affect us greatly. This also benefits us when we wish to sit out in the garden in our summer buildings or sheds.
The forthcoming weather patterns are showing signs of changing and we should expect more extremes of weather such as warmer and wetter seasons. The expected seasons are likely to be hot drier summers and wet warmer winters. The change is reasonably gradual but we do need to adapt to it so that we can obtain the best standard of life for our family.
In the garden we need to harvest as much rainwater as possible so that it can be used during the warmer and drier parts of the year. And this is relatively easy with the addition of some water buts in the garden. By attaching some gutters to your 11 x 7 (or whatever size your shed is) garden workshop the rain water can be channelled into a rainwater but and this can be used to water the garden. Not only is this greener but if you are on a water meter, which many people are nowadays, it can help reduce your water bill.
Only today I was relaying my patio and had to mix some mortar mix. I used water from my wife’s shed water but when she wasn’t looking. (she normally uses the water for watering her flowers)
Attaching gutters and down pipes to your shed is relatively easy. You just screw the gutter brackets onto the side of your shed and the gutter then clips into place. The down pipe is then channelled down into the water but. Sometimes putting the brackets in place can be tricky but there is an easier option. Marley Rainsaver gutters are designed to just clip onto the edge of the garden shed meaning no holes to drill. You can even move it to a different building if you choose. 1st Choice had this system on one their 8ft x 7ft shed at their display site.
Other steps will can help are ‘green roofs’ on these buildings in your garden. These will help to hold water in which will help plants to survive. The downside is that sheds with ‘green roofs’ are more expensive as they have to be strengthened to take the weight.
The influx of concrete driveways is another problem with retaining water for domestic use. The water tends to run away and not soak into the garden. By adding green roofs or by harvesting rainwater you will find this will help in the future. This is really important for us in the UK as more and more people are utilising the garden to supplement their household’s budgets which are under great strain at the moment.