Posted on January 22, 2019
Winter is often an ebb in a gardener’s year. The days of spring planting with a sense of anticipation are gone, as are the long, hot days of sitting for hours in the sunshine enjoying the fruits of your labour. One thing that can help make the short, dark days of winter pass more quickly is the thought of what next year’s garden will look like and beginning the planting process.
The Posh Shed Company has teamed up with award-winning garden designer Claudia de Yong, to look to 2019 and offer predictions for what we expect to see from the gardening world next year.
We’re predicting brighter colours making a comeback. In recent times there has been a tendency for people to pick pastels and muted tones for their sheds but bold colours are coming back in. We think pinks, greens and blues are going to be popular. I think we’ll continue to see the shed trend grow online and on social media - we have many Posh Shed fans online who love to see the beautiful gardens and many customers keep in touch online after installation to show us what they do with their sheds.
Claudia backs this up, “Coloured foliage on shrubs in the garden is becoming popular again as is painting sheds, fencing and furniture in soft pinks, blues and mint green. With a move in the industry away from using plastics, we will see more retro pastel shades in recycled materials and bamboo hanging planters.”
“The trend over this past year in the gardening world, and one I see continuing, is the rise in people, notably millennials, using social media sites such as Instagram. As more people are renting, indoors has become the new outdoors and posting images online has helped to make plants, especially houseplants, trendy again. Plants that were once popular like Pelargoniums (often referred to as Geraniums) are also making a comeback as they add a splash of colour and are easy to maintain and grow both indoors and outdoors.”
Earlier this year we launched a new range called Back Door Stores to offer a storage solution to those with less space. We anticipate this will continue and predict an increase in the popularity of the Allotment Shed which allows a space to grow your own on top of the storage area. This is something which Claudia also sees potential in for next year: “I believe we will see a growth in home grown produce as more people try to cultivate a heathier lifestyle to reconnect with the natural world. Growing herbs and plants suitable for drinks and cocktails has been very popular and the I think dwarf varieties of popular plants, especially those that are bee and pollinator friendly, will feature more as they can be grown in pots on balconies and planted in smaller urban gardens.”
Posted on December 10, 2018
Since launching the National Garden Scheme Posh Shed design in 2015, we are very proud to have donated a total of £6,545 to the charity.
The design, which was agreed with the National Garden Scheme, is completely different in style to any other in the Posh Shed range but is built to the same high quality.
We have been delighted at the positive response to our National Garden Scheme shed. Customers are pleased with not only the ample storage space inside, but how well it looks in their gardens and the peace haven provided by the veranda.
George Plumptre, the chief executive of the National Garden Scheme commented
‘For the last 3 years the Posh Shed Company has very generously supported us by donating a per centage of the proceeds from the sale on the shed. I know that our garden owners are a very discerning audience and so I am sure that the Posh Shed’s quality throughout will appeal to them and I look forward to continuing to develop a fruitful partnership.’
See more information on the National Garden Scheme, gardens to visit and the Charites it supports.
Posted on December 10, 2018
A cosy blanket, fluffy slippers and the smell of woodsmoke in the air – winter is here and it’s the very best time of year for kicking back and relaxing in front of the open fire on a chilly night.
Gone are the days when everyone and his dog owned an open fire or log stove as a matter of course; in recent times they’ve become something of a luxury item and (we’re very happy to report) are making a huge comeback as a lifestyle essential.
There are three very important things to know about producing your own wood-fuelled heat; what to burn, how to burn it, and how to store it when you’re not burning it.
Firstly, and arguably most importantly, when you buy firewood or logs you must make sure that they are well seasoned. This prevents your chimney, and the environment, getting clogged up with all that extra creosote generated by burning green wood.
The type of wood you choose to burn is all down to personal preference and what is available to you but try to look out for a sustainable local supplier to keep the delivery miles low. Softwood ignites quickly and with a hotter, briefer flame than hardwood, which tends to take longer to burn – keeping the fire going hotter for longer.
Tip: An easy way to identify if your wood is well-seasoned is by checking the end grain. If the log ends have little cracks in, then the wood is ready for the stove and should burn cleanly with minimal hissing.
Building a fire is an ancient skill which has kept humans alive for thousands of years. It should be second nature, right? Well no. Many of us grew up with gas or electric fires with no real logs in sight, so some may need a little extra help in this department.
After checking that the chimney is drawing and the fireplace or stove is nice and clean, you’re ready to lay your fire.
- First, place your firelighter or tinder in the grate, half a dozen pieces of crumpled up newspaper will do.
- Next, set the kindling. Place small pieces of dry wood (softwood is good for this) over the tinder. The smaller pieces of kindling you use the better the fire will be. Remember to leave gaps in between for air to circulate!
- Now to set more wood. Once you have a good bed of kindling over your firelighter or tinder start to add larger pieces of seasoned firewood, your fuel. With an open fire one or two criss-crossed layers of wood should do to start with.
- Ignition! Light the firelighter or tinder and stand back to appreciate your efforts. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to shut the damper of your fireplace or air controls on your stove, let the fire breathe for a few minutes.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy.
When you’re not burning the logs you’ll need somewhere to keep them – The Posh Shed Company’s range of stores have been designed to be a stylish and functional addition to the garden.
When deciding on where to put your store try not to site it between sheds, or down alley ways, where the logs will be sheltered from the weather, as this will hamper the seasoning of the logs.
The ideal spot will be South-facing in a place that catches the prevailing wind, somewhere not too far from the house, unless you enjoy slippered trips to the bottom of the garden for more wood in the middle of the night!