|What horrors lie behind those doors? Read on to find out...|
A little while ago Beryl 'fessed up about the sorry state of a corner of her allotment and challenged others to do the same. I told her I would soon reveal the horror that is my garden shed instead. As you can see, now's the time to do so.
|BEFORE: the view inside - I could only just about squeeze in to start sorting things out|
How did my beloved shed get into this sorry state of affairs? Well, it's been too easy just to dump and store stuff in there when we've had any major clearing up to do. After a while it got so bad, I felt too overwhelmed to go down there and sort it out.
This spring I found the constant bending over pots for seed sowing and potting up wasn't a comfortable way of doing things any more. At this point the potting bench in the corner of my shed started to send out subliminal messages reminding me I have the solution ready and waiting.
Time to get cracking with that clearout now the weather's decent enough to do so...
|Starting to sort out what lies within|
As well as providing a major appartment block for spiders, I was amazed at how much I'd managed to cram inside the TARDIS-like interior of my shed AND forget it was there...
- Not one, but two tub trugs. NAH bought another two earlier this year because he thought I needed them
- A compost bin - now added to the collection up at the allotment
- A bag of citrus compost for the kaffir lime I had (RIP, probably because I never repotted it with said special compost), I hope it'll prove of good service to a friend's moribund citrus tree instead
- Four cheap ready to assemble garden arches - now proven to be too cheap as they've rusted through
- A whole mini-greenhouse - bought originally for use at peak sowing time, but that idea was abandoned when I realised the proposed location was too shady from the trees nearby. Now I'm working out how to use it up at the allotment without it blowing away
- Lots of garden ornaments brought in for the winter
- Enough protective fleece to cover the entire garden
- The geological hammer I thought I'd lost
- The usual flotsam of pots, trays, baskets, empty compost bags, supports and bits of 'useful wood for later'
- A carload of various items for recycling or dumping - broken garden ornaments, those garden arches, empty cardboard boxes, rotted through garden bench covers, some of that 'useful wood' etc etc
|AFTER: It's not perfect, a repair to that shelf and some more storage boxes will help improve things further|
A quick day's work and now I know where everything is and my potting bench can be used again. It's just as well as I potted up 180 box cuttings earlier this week. It was lovely not to have an aching back after dealing with that little lot.
Now to decide just how many 'useful pots and trays' I need to keep for later, then recycle the rest at my local garden centre.
Do you have a horror corner somewhere in your garden or allotment? Beryl and I are eager to hear your confessions...
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