Step-By-Step Guide On Designing Your Own Shed

Have you always wanted to build your own shed but didn’t know where to start? Did you always feel you needed some extra space in the form of a garage but did not know what to do about it? Did the choices that so many contractors and manufacturers give these days confuse you into giving up on buying a ready-made shed? If you have answered with an affirmative in any of the above questions, then its time for you to seriously think about getting yourself a new shed. And there’s no better way to work for your needs than working directly towards them by yourself. That’s right, you need to learn some quick tricks and tips and start about building your own shed! Well, although designing your own shed can be an extremely tiresome and frustrating experience, lucky for you that we have had all our experts talk here about the basic steps that go into making a new shed, all by yourself!
So here are the basic steps that you can follow to ensure a seamless Do-it-Yourself (DIY) experience.

1. Cleaning up: First of all, make sure you clean up all the things unnecessary and extraneous junk from your house. Although you might no feel like parting with some of the useless junk, but remember, if something hasn’t been useful in the last 20 years, there’s a good chance it won’t be useful for the next 20 either!

2. Estimation and Planning: After disposing off the unwanted stuff, take a good look at the quantity of all the remaining things that you want to put in a storage shed. Have a rough estimate and star planning the amount of space required in your new garage. Always keep at least a 35% margin for the things that are yet to be stored in the coming years. Start drawing up architectural plans, floor plans, and profile views using a basic pen and paper approach, or perhaps with the aid of some software on a computer.

3. Classification: Based on an item’s usefulness, frequency of usage, emergency requirements, hazardous content for children, etc., make sure you classify all the items to be stored in the shed. Based on these you can decide if a hazardous item can be kept at a higher level, out of reach of children, or emergency equipments like fire extinguishers etc right within the reach of anyone and everyone. Frequently used items could be kept nearer to the door for easy retrievals and replacements.

British Garden Birds – The Goldfinch

Goldfinches are one of the UK’s prettiest birds distinguished easily by their brilliant colours.

Goldfinches are approximately 14cm long with a wingspan of up to 16cm and they weigh about 20g. They have distinctive red faces, with a white patch at the side of their heads and black towards the back. The body is brown with yellow marks on the wings, and black tails.

Goldfinches have sharp pointed beaks ideal for eating seeds, as well as dandelions and thistles. Young goldfinches are fed on insects.
Goldfinches are found all over Europe, North Africa and some parts of Asia. They have also been introduced to the America and Australasia. You will find them in a range of habitats including woodland, orchards, parks, gardens and other areas occupied by humans.

You will notice them by their characteristic bouncy flight and are usually found in pairs during the breeding season and in large flocks outside it.
The goldfinch nest is compact and neatly built from moss, lichens and grass. They lay two or three clutches of reddish patterned eggs which incubate for 12-13 days.
In the 19th century goldfinches were often captured and kept as song birds – they call is a pretty tinkling melody but they are now a protected bird in the UK. During medieval times goldfinches were seen as a charm that could ward off the plague because they symoblised endurance and passion and were considered a ‘saviour’ bird. It is because of this that the collective noun for goldfinches is a charm.

If you want to encourage goldfinches into your garden they you may be interested in feeding them niger seed in a special Goldfinch Flocker. Niger seed is similar to the thistle seed that they naturally eat and is rich in oil and other nutrients essential for their health.

Home Vegetable Gardening – Growing Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are a great vegetable to add to anyone’s garden. They do well in a variety of temperate climates, so regions where cold weather sets in, brussel sprouts will do just fine.

They are a great source of many minerals and vitamins that the human body required, meaning that adding them to your diet can satisfy many nutritional needs.
Here in this tutorial I give you some simple steps you can follow to increase the harvest of these wonderfully nutritious vegetables right in your own backyard.
Start by preparing your site. If you are going to grow them in pots on your porch or balcony make sure have a pot at least twelve inches deep with a diameter of ten inches filled with garden soil available from any home or garden center. For the traditional backyard garden, make sure you mix in plenty of compost or manure in the fall so the soil is ready in the spring. Get yourself a pH soil tester. They require soil to be less acidic so keep the soil pH level under 7.

When the spring rolls around it is time to put the seeds in the ground. Brussel sprouts (depending on the specific species) can take up to 100 days to reach maturity, so start by growing them indoors and then transplant them when they are four to six weeks old. Whether you start them indoors and transplant them or directly seed them into the garden space them out every sixteen to eighteen inches.
They can grow in both warm temperatures but do better in cooler climates. So don’t be discouraged if you live in a warmer part of the world if your brussel sprouts don’t yield the same amount as your cooler climate growers. Just keep the soil evenly moist and a top layer of well decomposed compost to give your brussel sprouts a fresh supply of nutrients throughout the growing season.

Harvest them whenever the buds are firm, usually a half inch to one inch in size. Many species of brussel sprouts will survive a few frosts, so keep harvesting until the plant no longer produces anymore, which could go into very cooler temperatures.

If you have never thought of growing them in your own home vegetable garden you can see by the tips above just how easy it is to do so. Add some beneficial nutrients to your diet through growing brussel sprouts right in your own backyard.