Your garden can be key to an productive life style just by a little bit of planning. So whether you have a large garden or just a small garden, which seems to be more of a ‘norm’ nowadays, you can make your garden a little more productive with a 12×5 shed. What you need to be aware of is not to try to cram to much into your garden. If your garden is not very large then only plant items which you feel you can control and where ever possible try to utilise the sunniest part of your garden for your most important crops, whether it is vegetables, flowers or fruit. Ideally a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine is best for most crops although a few can flourish with less.
Clearly you will need water for the time of year when there is no rainfall but a hose connected to the outside tap will fulfil this function. If you have a garden shed then fix gutters and downpipes onto the side of the shed. Ensure that the down pipe feeds down into a water barrel so that you can utilise this water. As well as being eco friendly this will help to relieve your water bill by a small bit, if you are on a water meter. It is possible to get clip on gutters for your garden shed from Marley if you are looking for an easier option.
The soil in your garden should ideally have a neutral pH so where ever possible try to add natural matter (compost) dug into the ground. This compost can be created in a compost heap, which can be situated behind your shed, and just by the addition of garden, paper, cardboard and kitchen waste will rot down into valuable matter for your garden. Ideally try to get 5% of your garden to contain natural matter.
The type of ground in your garden, whether it is sandy, humus or a clay type of soil, will all benefit from this compost. By adding a couple of inches into clay this will help to break up the clay and enable it to retain more water. Besides your compost you will find that horse manure, grass cuttings, peat, leaves and sawdust will all help. If you got a garden shed factory nearby just have a word with them. I know when I rang my garden shed business it used to cost me a lot of money to dispose of this sawdust so you could be doing them a favour.
The addition of nitrogen fertiliser will aid the natural decomposition of any natural products so utilise this with any mulch which you may have. Before planting you should till the soil as this will help air to integrate into the soil. And this air will aid any vegetables or produce you are growing.
Avoid tilling the soil when the ground is sodden as this will not break down very well. The best time to prepare the soil is during the winter. By digging the soil and turning it over this will allow the frost to break down this soil into a fine tilth which will be perfect for planting.
After all this preparation you need to decide what produce to grow. You will find this information on the seed packets as to the best time to sow, often between 12×5, and when you should expect your crop to be ready. Garden centres are also good sources of information as to when you should plant for the best crops. By utilising your garden in this way you will save money, you will ensure really fresh produce as well as staying fit. You will find that the need for the expensive health and fitness centre will diminish, saving you further money.
I enjoyed a trip to the Beatrix Potter museum at Bowness-on-Windermere with my family to see Peter Rabbit and his friends who made Mr McGregor despair at their antics in his garden. Having never been involved in these stories as a child it was interesting to see what my daughter and wife made of the museum and they loved it. Very cleverly laid out with all the 23 stories featuring all the lovable characters. They even included the Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Garden. Within this garden were all sort of plants, all organic, which Beatrix Potter would have known and not only that the produce grown is used at the attraction as well. All the plants are organic and are grown as environmentally as possible which is what many people today are striving for.
Within the garden was a 12×5 potting shed where seeds are nurtured until they are ready to be planted out as the weather warms up. The potting shed being the ideal habitat for these seedlings. The garden and the outdoors was of great importance to Beatrix Potter and her characters were from her habitat.
Within the exhibition, besides the garden, was a greenhouse which was not a million miles away from greenhouses which you can buy today. As greenhouses are important to me in my work, and to the world in general, I found this particularly interesting.
Not everyone is lucky enough in live in the country and able to have a dedicated greenhouse, if at all. A more modern garden building is the potting shed or garden shed and 12 x 5 greenhouse combination and you can see examples on this web site. The Graffham which is a combination shed and greenhouse is a very clever building as this gives you a garden shed for storing your garden tools as well as a great greenhouse for producing delicious and fresh produce. This type of building would have been a great asset at Hill Top Farm.
Also very popular and clever are the wooden potting sheds. Situated in the garden they are an half way house between a garden shed and a greenhouse. However, if the half glass roof is chosen, they allow light and warmth to flood in and this aids the growth of all your plants, fruit and vegetables. I’m sure that Beatrix Potter would have been very happy with the clever design which is not seen by any other garden potting sheds makers.
Beatrix Potter, herself, was a natural scientist and conservationist however she was a very clever business person as she was one of the first persons to copyright a character, Peter Rabbit. She also controlled who could use her work and it was the income from the royalties which enabled her to buy Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey as well as other farmland and properties. When she died the majority of her estate was donated to the National Trust for all the country to enjoy.
Another thing I noticed was that the interactive displays beside being available in the usual European languages were available in Japanese as well. Clearly her stories which were written over 100 years ago have worldwide appeal. Which makes sense as we all want to make the best of our environment as well as enjoying good honest down to earth stories.