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What do you keep in your Garden Shed? What type of Tools do you use? Do you make your own? What recycled materials do you use? Dare I say it What Chemicals and Fertilizers Do you use, Do you use Cert Organic Products or Do you make your own? What does you shed look like, please show us a photo if possible, it would be fun to see different Sheds.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 23, 2015 at 15:20

Elaine, I wasn't lucky enough to know anyone who had a Pretty Bush House. The only ones I remember are the ones made  of galvanised steel and shadecloth. I think there may have been a pretty one in our park we would go to when we were allowed to leave our Boarding School Grounds. At Boarding School we had a wood copper and wringer washing machine, maybe we were behind the times. We did have a very big fridge in the kitchen, not sure how it worked. Still my real reason that I would have like to live in that era is the fashions, I love them. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 22, 2015 at 18:03

We had a washing machine (and a sealed unit fridge) in the era of bush houses! You wouldn't have missed a thing except for the internet and that had not been invented or had not reached the public. And what you don't know about, you do not miss.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2015 at 17:33

Love the Bush Houses Dave, I often think I would like to live in that era but then I think, could I do without my washing machine.....

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2015 at 17:30

Thanks Susan, anything to cover up the rust, it has been there for 37 years, Looks can be deceiving, just don't look inside.....

Comment by Susan on March 22, 2015 at 15:58

Dianne,  I love your garden shed - It is very pretty with the potted climbers. 

Comment by Dave Riley on March 22, 2015 at 15:42

Bush house gallery LINK (corrected)

Comment by Dave Riley on March 22, 2015 at 13:30

I hate 'garden sheds' because they always get messy (my doing) or are too dark for working purposes.While supposedly lock-up -- for me their utility is keeping stuff dry. 

So 'hate' may be too strong a ruling: 'ambivalent', 'torn'...fretful'. Obviously I am not a carpenter type person. I even leave my gardening tools hanging up in the garden for ready access. I look upon them as ornaments.I'm an exterior decorator.

I took the wall off our last shed we had at the previous place so it was open to the coming and going.Those darn doors! Always catching, banging in the wind. 

Our current one is dry and big enough to potter about in, but it gets so darn hot inside there. Made out of corrugated iron it doesn't lend itself to easy hang up.Grow vines over it and the tin rusts more quickly.

But I like garden huts -- not gazebos as such -- but 'rooms' where you could sit and look out. I love the Queensland  shade/ bush house tradition. But that only truly original Australian contribution to gardening seems to have been more or less forgotten.

The modern tin shed is a poor trade in on that....and I guess thats' why we likem our verandas --(I know that's where my tools tend to accumulate)and ours runs the width of the house, faces south and we eat our meals out there, while my partner works up a mosaic storm and I pot my plants.

Name a shed that can do that! 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2015 at 11:34

My Garden Shed contains all manner of things. My Garden Tools which I try to look after but sometimes I am in the garden for so long, the time gets away from me and then it is just throw it back in the shed before it gets too dark. My favourite Garden Tool would be a Korean Hoe, I just find it so useful. I try to use Cert Organic Ferts and sprays etc. when possible and we have a great Compost Centre going. My Worm Farms keep me supplied with Worm Juice. We shred paper from Graham's office and that goes into the compost and all newspaper that comes into the house are either used in the Compost or Worm Farms.

Now not everything fits in the shed so I have to spill out behind the shed and under the trees where I do my potting. Oh, we don't have Bacon & Eggs for Brekky every morning just on either Saturday or Sunday, that's Graham's treat.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2015 at 9:16

It's fabulous Elaine, I love the colour. It's sounds like a real me shed but Graham has put his foot down he wants the Garden Shed cleaned up, so well we are kind of getting there. As soon as we have our usual Bacon & Eggs for Brekky I will put up a picture of our shed, the outside only.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 22, 2015 at 7:05

No green door on our purple garden shed ;-) (Who is old enough to remember that song?)

It's seen better days (like we have) and is packed with useful stuff. Every year or two we haul everything out and water blast the inside. And find stuff we've been looking for.

There's 2 barrows in there, some tools in a stand across the back wall and shelving either side of the door with who-knows-what stored.

We need a shed about 3 times the size but have no room left now to build one. So a lot of the excess (but necessary ;-) garden clutter ends up in big plastic bins on the back patio.

Anyway, the shed in all her glory on a misty rainy morning...

I do have a 5L pressure sprayer and once in a while I whack some otherwise-inaccessible weeds with glyphosate.

Other than that I do use Organic Xtra but am swinging over to more compost, brewing the microbes and using the composted horse manure. I buy Mt Sylvia rock dust and have some Lucerne growing. I keep some Trace Elements and Chelated Iron and use only now and then. The Iron is useful for the Blueberries, I cannot get the soil pH to the liking of one or two plants - seems to be more individual plants rather than a variety - and they have Iron deficiency as a result.

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