The British are very fond of our pets with the dog and cat being the most popular. Rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and possibly rats are also considered. With this addiction there are many pet shops around to cater for the need but, like in many other fields, the supermarkets are getting in on the act and offering pet food and pet requirements at the local superstore. Garden centres are another outlet where you can source these requirements for your pets ensuring that they are well cared for. In some homes the pets are looked after better than the elders, but thankfully this is the exception to the rule. The 20X10 and 20×9 sheds and workshops of the UK have many uses but one which is becoming more popular is the keeping of animals. Whether it’s for rabbits, guinea pigs or other small mammals through to dogs and cats being allowed to take shelter in the shed. It’s even been known for a shed to be converted into a stable for a small pony which is no surprise as a stable is essentially a very heavy duty garden shed with no floor and a stable door. This enables the horse to look out but still be kept in one place.
Some of the strange animals to end up in connection with a garden shed was a python snake which got trapped under the shed and was unable to escape. This 12ft snake alarmed the residents of the Cornish village of Fowey who appeared concerned for the animals well being rather than the fear which they normally induce. There was fears that the snake would not survive in the open after nightfall even if the shed was giving some shelter. This meant that a bold plan had to be hatched during the night.
Fire crews were called to the shed shortly after midnight and they managed to cut away part of the shed which allowed the snake to escape from its dilemma. Whether the snake was thankful for being rescued from under the shed or whether it tried to attack its rescuers was not clear.
This snake was not the only animal to be needing rescuing from a garden shed as a Bolivian monkey called Rolo was trapped inside one. This confinement had drove the money mad but thankfully after being released from the 20ft x 10ft shed and relocated to a specialist zoo, Rolo, has recovered from her ordeal and is now happy to let visitors feed her worms from their hands.
The British really show their true caring colours when animals become trapped as time and time again they put them selves out to help these pure creatures which I think is heart warming.
This time of year with Easter out of the way and the Spring bank holiday been and gone, you should be able to look down the garden and see a delightful array of life. However, if you are like most of us the garden is still looking tired from the winter from the flower beds, to the garden lawn and even down to the garden shed. Now is the time to do something about it and to transform your garden into a pleasant relaxing oasis. As Spring has arrived the addition of daffodils to the garden is a good choice but rather late for this year. Worth considering for next year. You will find these beautiful flowers which normally mark the start of spring have bloomed and faded and now is the time to start on the garden.
First your will need to venture into your garden shed and get the garden tools out, initially the stiff broom and rake will be a good start. Using the rake gather up all the leaves which fell into your garden from your local trees and bag these up for disposal or better still put onto the compost heap situated behind your shed. After this work your way around the garden and the flower beds removing any weeds which will thrive and choke your flowers and plants if left to grow. The garden hoe will be a good tool to use against the weeds and will mean less bending down (and less backache).
Also be on the lookout for garden pests such as snails and slugs and deal with them before they get out of hand. Take the opportunity to cut your evergreen shrubs and plants as well as pruning your flowers. The garden hedge can be trimmed and tidied up if you did not do this last Autumn.
You can then get your lawn mower out of the garden shed and give the garden lawn a cut. If you have a large 20X10 or 20×9 shed it would have been stored away neatly – wasn’t it? If it’s the first cut of the season then set the blades a little higher than normal. You can then drop the height on later cuts. Again gather up the grass cuttings and put on the compost heap hidden away behind the shed. After you have done this the use of the broom will collect up all the waste and when this is done your garden will look a lot better.
Maybe a trip to a garden centre might be a good idea where you can buy bedding plants in pots ready to be planted in your garden. In no time at all they will be flourishing and producing an array of colour for you. If the plants selected need shade from the wind then planting in front of the garden shed or fence is a good idea. With the brown background of the shed you will find the colours of the flowers will show up really well, also helping to take away some of the plainness of the shed, certainly if your garden is on the small side.
To achieve the above all you need is a little enthusiasm and a little effort. Not a great deal of technical knowledge is needed, just basic common sense. If you achieve the above you will feel proud of your garden and if you include your garden shed in this early spree you will have an outdoor area, ideally at least 20ftx 10ft, to relax away from the house.