The modern garden generally is used for pleasure with a lush green lawn with flowers, shrubs and trees and with maybe a large 8X14 shed for storing garden tools and equipment or a summer house for sitting out in the garden. Alternatively timber decking is also very popular in recent years and this can provide a pleasant area for you to relax in the garden. However, it is possible, and is getting more common during this recession, for some of the garden to be turned over for food. This is because seeds are very cheap to buy and, for a little effort, can grow into lovely healthy food. This also helps with your general health as the exercise is good for you and will help, due to the relaxation of the mind, improve your mental state as well.
You will find that some of the easier items to grow in your garden are tomato plants and these tend to be very popular in most households. These can be grown from seeds or you can buy small plants in pots ready to be transplanted into the garden. A shady place in the sun is good and this is where your shed or summerhouse can help. By planting the tomato plants close to the garden shed you will find that this will shade your plants from the wind and the walls of the shed will radiate warmth to the plants.
Besides tomatoes you can grow potatoes, cabbages, sweet corn, lettuce, strawberries and many other types of produce. You can use your potting shed to bring on the seeds but it is best if you put the seeds near the shed windows so they get a little warmth. A lot of gardeners may use fertilisers to aid the growth of these plants. However, beside being expensive, and are potentially a hazard for children if left accessible to children, there are alternatives. If you use fertilisers ensure they are kept locked up. 1st Choice offers a range of 14X8 timber sheds for sale which would be suitable for this.
You may find horrible nettles growing in your garden and around your shed but these can be eaten as well (I don’t think so!). So before you get the weed killer out think about possible uses on the dinner table. You need to be a little careful when handling as they can give you a sting but the nettle can be used in a soup or in a salad, in place of spinach. It can be drank as a beer or even as a tea. You will find that the plant is full of calcium, magnesium and iron so is really healthy to eat.
The other benefits which nettle brings is that it helps to show where there is good soil in your garden as this is required for it to thrive. It can also be turned into plant feed and is also attractive to ladybirds.
The British garden can be a diverse area and is one of the most popular parts of the home. It’s a proven point that homes with gardens, and especially larger gardens, are sought after, and if there is a decent size 8X14 shed then the value of the house rises even more. So this means, even if you are not thinking of moving, that you should not waste this natural resource. So if you are thinking of being creative and using your garden to grow vegetables, fruit or flowers – as well as using the garden for relaxing in – then there are other options. Even during times when money is tight there are people who appreciate the finer points of nature and believe that nature knows best. But you still find that these people are likely to have a shed to store their gardening tools in or for storing any excess produce.
Some current thoughts are that you should leave your gardening tools in your shed and allow nature to do what it does best and that is to grow naturally. By the creation, which in itself is contradictory, of a wild bio diverse garden during the Spring and Summer you can enjoy the garden in its natural state.
You will find that no gardening skills are required for this and there is not any hard work involved. With the addition of a wildflower lawn and boxes positioned around the garden for bats, birds and hedgehogs this will also enhance this natural (man made) habitat. The full beauty of a natural garden will take a little while but the sheer number of insects, beetles and bees will be thankful you have. All working together in a balanced ecosystem.
At a recent Chelsea Flower Show this trend was becoming a popular theme as 5 out of the 33 designs were wildlife and bio-diversity based. Garden designer and regular presenter on Gardener’s question time, Chris Beardshaw, explained that wild outdoors spaces ideally should be created, where possible, but also pointed out that they don’t necessarily have to run wild.
He further states that the idea that a bio-diverse garden runs out of control is not correct and that conception should be ignored. You can be quite cute about what you can do but you just need to know a little about what the different plants need.
The general advice for creating a natural outdoor garden is to include flowers that are attractive to insects, maybe dig a pond – but be totally aware of any danger when young children are about – you can leave a stack of wood, to naturally decay and forget about the lawn mower. That can stay in your shed, maybe supplied by 1st Choice Garden Sheds, out of the way.
If you can it’s always worth visiting the Royal Chelsea Flower show which is held at the end of May every year. Set in the Royal Hospital, home of the world famous Chelsea Pensioners, you can be overwhelmed with the marvellous flower and garden displays. Among the exhibits you will be able to see examples of the latest summer houses and general designs of the latest 14X8 sheds, workshops and many other buildings.