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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Potty for a New Potting Shed

When we inherited our allotment it came with it a rather ancient old shed. As the allotment plots are actually fairly new the shed must have been second hand even when it was first put on the plot. It has been patched up and had bits of wood nailed on here and there to keep the mice etc out.

But sometimes enough is enough and you have to get a new one. This one was starting to be a bit like Triggers Broom in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
Trigger And that's what I've done. Maintained it for 20 years. This old brooms had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.
Sid How the hell can it be the same bloody broom then?
Trigger There's the picture. What more proof do you need?
So it was finally decided the allotment would be given a new shed, somewhere safe to lock our tools away into and keep various items in without the mice eating seeds etc.

Mercia 7'x5' Apex Overlap Shed
I still haven't made my mind up what size to go for, the existing one is fairly small at 6'x4' which when you pack everything in can then make it hard to get things from the back. Ideally I would like one twice the size but that would mean digging up part of the herb bed to fit it in, and as summer is just around the corner I'm not really that keen to do that.

But sometimes it really is best to strike while the iron is hot! So I spent quite a lot of time trawling though various websites to find something suitable that I liked the look of. 6'x4' is a bit small and 8'x6' is a bit too big for the space.... but then I found on the Oldrids website the perfect solution....

Can you guess what that may be..... wait for it..... 7'x5' I wont have to move many of the herbs, and with the cool wet weather it really shouldn't be a problem for them even if we do need to move them. I'll just keep them extra well watered in any warmer weather (if only!!!) that we get in the coming weeks.

I think the herb bed will be moved next year anyway, as I would like to add a row of coldframes and it makes sense (well to me anyway!!!) to place these next to the shed. Partly because the coldframe can be built attached to the shed - well that's the theory, although maybe they would be better if they were free standing. Yet more decisions to make! but I don't need to decide on that until the autumn.

To stop the new shed from rotting we will set it on some old flagstones - conveniently we can use the old ones from the patio at home left over from the when the stone flags were laid. This wasn't done by the former  resident of our plot hence the constant need to fix the old one - plus it was rather ancient anyway.

I'm now left with yet another dilemma.... what colour to paint it once it arrives!

DG


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