Essential Tools – A shed !

Unless you are fortunate enough for your home to be literally a step away from the allotment, your first tool should be a shed, saying that, you may be fortunate enough to inherit one from the previous owner as was our case.

A shed is essential to store all those things you will need on a daily basis, and somewhere to shelter on those showery spring and summer days.

The ideal size would be 8′ x 5′ in old money, don’t ask me what the metric equivalent is.

At first you may think that a new shed is in order, but unless the shed you are inheriting is practically falling down, there is a lot you can do to save yourself a bit of hard cash, especially if you do not take to the grow your own way :

Firstly a coat of preservative does a lot to make a shed look good, most allotment associations only specify a “recognised preservative”, and most would go for Dark Brown or Cedar Red, bu there is nothing stopping you choosing a bright blue or green.

If the shed is a bit rickety, then bracing it diagonally will give a few more years of life, or at least until you are sure that you will get value out of a new one.

It’s fair to say that sheds are not the most secure of places, so it’s advisable not to keep  anything like mowers or rotovators in there, which would attract thieves, a good strong padlock is still advisable as a deterrent though.

In our shed we have two chairs, essential for those little breaks between digging and weeding, we have also invested in a single ring gas hob, bought for £9.99 from a hardware store, just to give us a fresh hot drink while we are working. The walls are used for hanging tools, and some old containers are utilised as storage for string and the like, we even have room for the wheelbarrow to be tucked away at the end of the day.

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