How to Build the Best Garden Shed without Any Prior DIY Experie

Hello Lovely,

If you have never tried to DIY anything before then there’s no time like the present. If your home doesn’t have a shed then it may be a good idea for you to build one. Building a shed is easier than you think, and when you know the steps you need to take, you will soon find that you can build something that will last for years to come.

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Build on a Solid Foundation

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have selected the right location to build your shed. Water is known for being wood’s mortal enemy, so you need to choose a location that is dry and ideally, slightly above the surrounding area. This will really help you with drainage and it will also make it way easier for you to maintain it for years to come. It’s very easy for you to build an on-grade foundation here. You will usually use concrete for this, or even skids. Skids are pressure-treated pieces of wood timber. If you don’t have much DIY experience, then it helps to opt for concrete. Cinder blocks should be avoided as they are porous and therefore can’t stand up to the elements.

Ensure Good Air Circulation

Water will erode wood in no time at all, and for this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a good level of airflow. The mudsill is the lowest part of wood on your shed, and this needs to be around half a foot above the ground level. Leaving around 3ft on either side of your shed will also help, as this will remove moisture and it will also clear away any mildew. Another bonus to this is that it will help you to paint your shed at a later date. If you just don’t feel comfortable building a foundation, then consider building your shed on a concrete slab section in your garden. It will be raised from the ground already and you also won’t have to worry about drainage either. Not sure where to buy products like this? It’s easier than ever to buy building products online.

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Floor Framing

Whether you like it or not, your floor frame is going to take somewhat of a beating. It will get wet from time to time and you will also be walking on it every time you go into your shed too. Your floor framing needs to be able to withstand things like this, so it helps to use pressure-treated timber. Your timber should be two inches thick and it also helps to use exterior grade plywood too.

Roof Trusses

One of the most difficult aspects of building a shed is the roof. The walls, floor and even the door can be very easy to work around, but this takes some skill. It helps to build your roof on the shed deck and then raise it up when the walls are finished. You need to remember that each truss needs to be installed above a stud, but you can easily add the shingling after.

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Low-Maintenance

It’s always a good idea for you to make your shed as low maintenance as possible. This will save you a considerable fortune at a later date. Using PVC trim boards will also save you a ton of time when it comes to painting and it will never need attention either. Faux-slate shingles are also a great investment. You can also use composite decking for the steps that lead to the door. Little things like this can go a long way and you would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to your shed’s appearance too. The best thing about composite is that it won’t rot, and it also won’t wear away over time either. This is a fantastic way for you to make the most out of your investment and it will also make it much easier for you to avoid future problems.

Property Inspection

When you have completed your shed, it’s always worth hiring a qualified professional who can come to inspect the shed for you. They will make sure that everything is in order and they will also check to see that the deck isn’t going to collapse. The problem with things like this is that you won’t notice them right away. In fact, they will usually only appear a few weeks down the line. Your property inspector can also suggest ways that you can repair your shed if required, and this will save you time and money at a later date.

 

 





I'm Trying Gardening Again

Hello lovely,

There’s something about Spring that makes me feel like anything is possible. I mean, after I get over my allergies and adjust to the new weather and pollen, I feel like tackling new projects. There’s so many things to do. Between spring cleaning the house and my diet, working a full time job and gearing up for the Elevation Awards, I really needed to find a way to just mellow out. So I decided to give gardening another shot.

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Last year I planted a spinach plant, but the gardener mistook it for a weed and threw it out. I was so distraught because it survived for months! The only thing I ever planted that lasted a long time was a hibiscus tree. So when I went to North Carolina last month, I picked up two pairs of gloves, a shovel, trowel, and a few packs of seeds. I couldn’t wait to get started, but of course, a busy schedule and lack of soil prevented me from starting until last week. I think what really pushed me was receiving the tomato plants that you see above from my best friend’s dad who was saving them for me for weeks.

The sunflower and daisy plants came with their own pellet soil that expanded with water. It was really cool watching it grow. Unfortunately I lost the photos of the packages before I opened them, but they are sold at the Dollar Tree if you want to look for them. I never expected the sunflower to sprout so quickly and grow so tall in only one week. I have no idea when to transfer it and quite frankly I’m afraid that’s where it’ll die, so please keep the faith for me.

Once I picked up some gardening soil, I planted the parsley, basil and pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin seeds I took from a wedge of pumpkin in the fridge because I got really excited after planting the parsley and basil. I’ve never tried to grow any of these plants before so I’m nervous but really excited about how they’ll turn out. I’m even regrowing some lettuce and scallions in water in the kitchen. I check on them all day when I’m home, and I actually talk to them in the evening after work almost every day. My mum already told me “Watched pot never boils” so if I keep staring at the plants, it’s not going to make them grow any faster; but I just can’t help it.

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I’ll keep you all updated on how it’s going. Which hobbies are you taking up this month or this year? Share your favourite hobbies and gardening tips in the comment section below.




Kitchen Hack: Never Buy Green Onions Again

We all know gardening is a great way to be frugal.

Growing your own fruits and veggies means lower grocery costs and fewer trips to the store to pick up a vegetable you need for dinner. Plus, there’s no denying that all fruits and veggies taste better when they’re fresh.

Unfortunately, all that great savings comes to an end when summer comes to a close, but there are actually a few vegetables you can grow all year long, regardless of your climate, space constraints or green thumb (which I severely lack)!

Green onions grow fast, and all they need is a little water and a lot of light. With very little effort, you can have a steady supply of green onions, grown right in your kitchen! They add an extra kick to almost any dish, so they’re great to have on hand (especially when they’re free!)

The next time you pick up a bunch or two of green onions at the grocery store, don’t discard the white ends after you’ve used up all the greens. Instead, stick the white root end into a glass with an inch or two of water then place it in a sunny window. THAT'S IT!!!

Make sure to trim most of the green end off before you place it in the water, or they’ll just get droopy!

Within a day or two, you’ll notice the green shoots starting to regrow, and the roots in the water getting longer. In less than a week, they’ll be back to their original size, and you can just trim off as much as you need, whenever you need it.  

 Not only is this a useful little “kitchen garden,” it also makes a pretty little plant to sit on your windowsill. The best part, though, is knowing you’ll never have to buy green onions again!