Shed land

Another extra post – Keith asked me to post some piccies of the shed we use as an office so he can show folk. But I thought I’d take this opportunity to post pics of all our sheds. I know that seems a bit sad but actually, sheds and workspaces are a really important part of any garden. They’re where the tools live and all the work gets done that goes into making a lovely garden. They also have lots of potential as wildlife habitats. One of our sheds has a ‘brown’ roof – that’s like a green roof only made from surplus building materials like broken bricks. It doesn’t look as exciting as a green roof, but is dead easy to make and provides a habitat for creatures that like a drier environment that’s often missing from productive gardens like ours.

We have four different sheds – that sounds a lot, but it’s a big garden. First up is the office shed. This was here when we moved in in 1998 and had been used a workshop for woodwork. It’s also been used a music studio, but now we both work from home, it’s our office.

Office shed

Office shed

This is in the back garden, right near the back door. It’s also where we store our bikes for trips to the pub.

In the work area in the larger front garden are three more sheds – a lawnmower shed, a tool shed and a pot shed.

Lawnmower shed with brown roof

Lawnmower shed with brown roof

Tool shed

Tool shed

Pot shed

Pot shed


The tool shed is a proper shed from a proper shed shop. The lawnmower shed is made from pallets and the pot shed from a load of junk we seem to have accumulated in the garden.

At this time of year, I trim my lavender bushes and scatter the trimmings on the floor of the tool shed as a strewing herb. whenever you walk in there, there’s a wonderful scent of lavender.

Finally, here’s an image of how they all relate to one another.snb28649

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2 Responses to Shed land

  1. Sarah Head says:

    You’ll be pleased to know that there is an Australian book called “A man and his shed” or something similar, which was discovered by one of the Solihull Writers Workshop with great glee. Brian used to do all his writing in his shed and had kitted it out with all mod cons to aid his muse. I also have fond memories of buying a plant in the Lost Gardens of Heligan and trying to pay by credit card. The lady behind the counter looked at me with a patient sigh saying, “I’m a shed. I’m very low tech, it’s either cash or a cheque, nothing requiring anything more complex!”

    We also have three sheds in our two gardens. One is a tool shed, one houses the water pump for the farm and the other is a washhouse with toilet and sink which also houses tools.

    When it comes to working/living space, I prefer summerhouses. The one at the farm is thermally insulated, since it started life as a swedish sauna, but has electricity for lights, heat and a kettle. It’s where I hold my workshops and acts as extra sleeping space in emergencies. The second is in my home garden, hand made by my husband from reclaimed timber. It also has electricity in case I want to use the laptop there to write. All I need now is more time!

  2. Debs Cook says:

    Hi Carrie 🙂

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