Different types of Garden Sheds

Hey, my ‘green thumb’ people! How have you been doing? Where do you keep  your garden tools after you are done using them in the garden? Are they kept in your garage? Why deny them the comfort of luxury just because they are utilitarian tools? Have you thought of constructing a garden shed to store the garden tools? If not, here is all the information you need to know, to embark upon building a garden shed.




A shed can be described as a single-storey structure, positioned in the back of a garden, which serves the purpose of storage and workshops. It can either be placed on the patio or adjacent to the house. There are various kinds of garden sheds ranging from corrugated metal tin-roofed garden sheds, lavish and classy wooden framed garden sheds to low-maintenance plastic garden sheds. The kind of material that you want to employ for the garden shed should be governed by the time and energy you can invest in their maintenance.


Metal Garden Shed

A metal garden shed made from a thin sheet of metal offers protection from fire and termite attacks. It is ideal for long-term investment owing to its strength and durability. However, the metal garden shed is vulnerable to rust if it is constructed of steel which is not galvanized. A thin metal sheet is prone to denting especially in an area with high-traffic.


Plastic Garden Shed

Plastic garden sheds made from PUV and polyethylene, bask in the glory of its multiple facilities ranging from least-expenditure, UV ray protection, durability, stability, and resistance. Certain plastic sheds are modular which allows for flexible extensions, peg-boards, shelving, attic-storage, windows, skylights, and other accessories to be added later.


Wooden framed garden sheds add a vintage flavor to the garden apart from syncing with a picture perfect lush green carpet, which is your garden, sprinkled with flower blooms. A wooden garden shed needs to be pampered with proper maintenance to prevent splitting, rotting or warping. The walls adjacent to the wooden garden shed need to be cleared of shrubs and plants that exhibit the tendency to pile up. To make the wooden garden shed weather-resistant, apply stains and preservatives. In addition, these preservatives will also offer protection against fungal attack.

You can either go for a small garden shed or a large garden shed depending upon the space of the garden and the utility of the garden shed. The aim of the garden shed is to become an abode for garden tools like square shovel, rake, garden shears, hand pruner, pitchfork, hoe, trowel, and wheelbarrow. It is wise to arrange the tools on a table inside or a cupboard (if the space permits) so that you can easily access them without wasting much time. Sometimes a garden shed is used as a garage too. In that case, the garden shed needs to be large to accommodate without fuss.


Garden sheds can be flamboyant and be the ‘it’ corner of your garden with a little effort. Make sure that the carpenter constructs the garden shed on a level ground. The garden shed can be a page from the books of Enid Blyton, with its warm green hue and the porch decorated with freshly-plucked white flowers situated on the wheel-barrow. With its doors and windows, it can offer you refuge from a dull day, as you read your favourite novel amidst the sedative vibe of the garden. Or, have you imagined about a garden shed with pagoda? If the garden shed is situated on a podium don’t leave it naked, rather dress it up with cacti, planters, ceramic pots and garden urns. What about adding a signboard or placing the barbecue counter right beside it?

It might give you a tough time explaining it to the carpenter, but once it is done, you can’t help but be spellbound by its sleek futuristic sophistication. It can also be smudged with rainbow colours to make it appealing to the kids or can be designed like a log-cabin with pebbled prints to take you back to the land of fantasy.

Whatever type of shed you decide, do keep in mind the budget and space.

Happy garden shed designing!

Happy gardening

How to make your own seed bombs ?

What is a seed ball/seed bomb ?

Seed bombs/seed balls are a fun and effective way of re-seeding depleted landscapes where you reintroduce. Seed bombs are usually small balls of about 1-3 inch diameter – made of clay, potting soil or compost and seeds. Once they have been made, and dried for 24-48 hours – they are then either sown or more commonly “thrown” across land which needs new flora. Perhaps throw them on the land on the side of highways or barren patches of lands in urban areas like apartment complexes etc or soil on road dividers, to create a green cover.

There are some advantages of using seed bombs instead of using seeds directly:

  • Because there are nutrients in the seed bomb in the form of compost or potting mix or cow dung,  it gives a leg up to germinating seeds – gives them nutrition in the early days when the young plant needs a little help to survive in harsh conditions.
  • The ball prevents animals or birds from eating up the seeds.
  • It takes less time to cover a large area – since you can simply throw the seed bombs – so you could, for example, drive around in a car with thousands of seed bombs and a slingshot, and disperse the seed bombs all around while cruising in your vehicle. In fact, there have been scenarios where seed bombs have been used for aerial reforestation by dispersing hundreds of thousands of seed bombs using a low flying aeroplane !

What sort of seeds should you choose ?

You should choose seeds of varieties of plants or trees that are native to the region where you are going to carry out your seed-bombing activity, so that they are likely to survive. You can choose trees as well as plants – for foliage, flowers or even vegetables !

When is a good time for seed-bombing ?

In India, doing it a little before the beginning of the rainy season is great – that’s when the tiny saplings would grow very fast when the first rains hit. Doing it in the middle of the rainy season may wash away the seed bombs.

Steps to make your bag of seed bombs

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 parts potting soil or compost
  • 5 parts pottery clay mix from an arts and crafts shop or some river bed clay
  • 1-2 parts water
  • 1-2 parts seeds of your choice
  • a bucket to mix ingredients
  • a cardboard box to dry and store seed balls


1.Mix the potting soil, clay and 1 part water thoroughly. Make sure there are no lumps.
Slowly add more water until the mixture is the consistency of play dough or toy store modelling clay.
2.Add seeds. Keep kneading the dough until the seeds are well mixed in. Add more water if necessary.
3.Take small bits of the clay mixture and roll into ball about one inch in diameter.
The balls should hold together easily. If they’re crumbly, add more water.
4. Dry seed balls for 24-48 hours in a shaded place before sowing or storing. They store best in a cardboard box. Do not use plastic bags.

This is a great activity for both adults and kids alike – its great fun making these seed bombs with your own hands, as well going on a seed bombing drive with friends and family, once your hand moulded seed bombs are ready !

Recycle for Gardening

Gardening is the best antidote for stress and boredom. It works like a magic-potion. But it can prove to be heavy on pocket especially if you are a newbie green thumb, as you will need to buy seeds, pots, fertilizers, insecticide, tools and what not! An easy and economical solution would be to start building your own garden by recycling household items and using them for building your own recycled Garden!

To begin with, here are a few common worn out house-hold items that can be recycled as excellent planters:

  • Old fish aquarium
  • Old bathtub
  • Buckets
  • Old wicker chair
  • Worn boots
  • Food cans
  • Coffee mugs
  • Paper cups
  • Old tea pots
  • Commodes

You can use small containers like coffee mugs and cans for starter plants in the spring and place them in your kitchen or drawing room to give a vibrant and dynamic look to the area. Not only planters but important gardening tools can also be found in your kitchen collection. From everyday used cutleries to aluminum foils and from egg shells to coffee grounds, all can be used to give your backyard an awesome and cost-effective makeover. This way you can have everything needed to set up and maintain your own garden without spending any money. Read through to know how your old household items can be used in the garden.

Aluminum Foil

If you thought that the versatile silver foil was restricted to kitchen use, then you are in for a surprise. It can do all your hard work while you repose. Below are a few of many purposes that aluminum foil solves:

  • Scare birds away: Birds are scared of shiny things. Dangling aluminum foils from your fruit tree will ward off the birds and prevent them from having fruits of your labor.
  • Repel the invading insect population: Mix strips of reflective aluminum foil in garden mulch to keep insects from spoiling your veggie garden.
  • Deter pets and other animals: Hang strips of used foil on strings around the garden to deter birds, squirrels and other unwanted pets, too.

Egg Cartons

Make a small hole at the bottom of crates for water drainage. Fill them with soil and plant your seeds in them. Now all you need to do is wait till the seeds sprout and then you can cut the individual crates and bury them in the soil. If you have used a cardboard egg carton, you need not worry about removing the crates as they will biodegrade with time.

But if you’ve used a plastic egg carton, you would want to remove the crates before burying the seedling. Besides egg cartons, you may also use toilet paper rolls or aluminum foil rolls for starting seeds.

Egg Shells

Starting seeds in eggshells is by far one of the most healthy way to raise your plants. This is because eggshells provide some of the vital nutrients for your plants to grow.

Crushed egg shells act as a vital calcium source for plants. Rinse the egg shells after use and allow them to dry before you add them to soil. You may use a coffee bean grinder to crush the shells into fine dust. Larger shell pieces can be used to keep snails and slugs away.

Tea Leaves

Used tea leaves are excellent fertilizers. Tea leaves are rich in minerals and brewing extracts only a little percentage of these rich resources. Instead of throwing them away after use, sprinkle them around acid loving plants like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc. and enjoy your cup of tea while you watch your plants grow.


Table utensils such as spoons, forks and knives are tough and sharp enough to do many gardening jobs without causing damage. They can used to lift seedlings, make path for tiny seeds and mixing soil. Take a pair of kitchen tongs outside with you when it’s time to trim back any prickly vines, limbs, or rosebushes. The tongs will allow you to hold or bend the branch painlessly while you snip with the other hand.

Apart from cutleries you may also use the back of an old tooth brush for making holes to plant your seeds! Colorful wine bottles serve as enchanting Garden decor  which makes a garden look lively. Borrow a glass cutter from your neighbor and turn your used wine bottles into beautiful wind chimes to dangle them in your backyard.

Building a little water fountain in corner will also be a good idea. Place old kettles or clay pots over each other, or use an old musical instrument such as a tuba may come handy in building a water fountain.

Coffee Grounds Coffee grounds are an excellent source of organic matter. They are approximately 1.45% nitrogen. They also contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals. Sprinkle the beans at the bottom of any plant to improve drainage in clay soils. It will be a feast for plants that like rich and moist organic soil like azaleas and blueberries.


Few people know that soap has wide utility in garden maintenance as well. Its insecticidal properties make it an ideal weapon to knock off the little marauders like mites, aphids, white flies and immature leafhoppers etc. But note that insecticidal soaps are not the same as dish soap or liquid laundry soaps. They are potassium salts of fatty acids and their purity and concentration is controlled. A simplest insecticidal soap is nothing more than a 2% soap solution.

To make it at home, you will need –

 Sprayer – Any clean spray bottle or garden sprayer will work fine for spraying insecticidal soap. Make sure the sprayer or bottle hasn’t been used for herbicides

 Pure Soap – You need liquid soap, such as pure castile liquid soap, that does not contain additives (like fragrance, moisturizer and other additional chemicals)

 Water – Tap water is fine for making insecticidal soap. If you have hard water, you may want to use bottled water to prevent soap scum from building up on your plants.

To prepare 2% soap solution, mix 1 heavy tablespoon of soap to 1 quart of water or 4 to 5 tablespoons of soap to 1 gallon of water. Coat the soap solution to the infected parts from top to bottom. Understand that in order to be effective, the soap solution should be in direct contact with the insects.
Note- Sometimes plants may react negatively with the soap solution. To make sure that the soap solution suits your plants, test it over a few leaves and observe for 24 hours. If you see any signs of spotting, withering or browning of the leaves, do not use that soap solution. There are a few additional ingredients that may be added to the soap solution to solve the purpose.
Adding two tablespoons (per gallon water) of light cooking oil helps the soap solution to stick to the plant little longer. Chewing insects can be kept away by using a teaspoon of ground red pepper and/or garlic (per gallon of water).

Below are a few other ways in which green thumbs may find soap solution handy:

 Remove light blocking dust that settles on the leaf surface by wiping the leaves with soap solution. This is particularly important in winters when plants struggle to get sunlight

 Soap is a natural surfactant. Spraying soap solution breaks surface tension and penetrates water deeper

 Swiping a bar of soap over saw blade will lubricate the saw and make wood cutting easier

 Hanging a broken piece of soap bar from trees and plants will repel dears.


Mulched newspapers are excellent to control weed growth. They retain moisture and add carbon-based organic matter the soil as they decompose. You can use newspaper mulch in the vegetable garden, shrub beds, on perennial borders and walkways. Pretty much anywhere where weeds grow, which, of course, is everywhere.
At the beginning of the season, spread newspaper 6 to 10 sheets thick over the area. You may find it helpful to either wet the newspaper first so that the water keeps the paper from blowing over to the neighbours or wicking moisture from the soil. The newspaper can be then covered with more attractive organic mulch like shredded bark, compost, mushroom soil, chopped leaves, straw, hay or grass clippings. For areas with existing plants, you may also mulch thin newspaper strips 2-3 inches from the trunk or crown of the plant Apart from these, coffee mugs and cans with perforated tops can serve as watering cans for plants. You can also make a birdbath out of a light shade plastic or glass container.

So be innovative and flex your creative muscles while you make useful and decorative garden accessories from old household items that have run their course.

Recycling ideas for Gardening

Gardening is the best antidote for stress and boredom. It works like a magic-potion. But it can prove to be heavy on pocket especially if you are a newbie green thumb as you will need to buy seeds, pots, fertilizers, insecticide, tools and what not!  An easy and economical solution would be to start building your own garden by recycling household trash and using them for gardening purposes. Read more

Make your own shower gel at home in 5 minutes

Shower gels that you buy off the supermarket shelves not only burn a hole in your pockets, but also contain a number of chemicals. Want to make a shower gel yourself ? Not only is it a ton of fun, but you can make it with completely natural ingredients – which is good for your skin ! If you have a few Aloe Vera plants growing in your balcony or backyard, this is a great weekend project for you and the kids !


Here’s what you will need:

shower gel ingredients

  • 1 cup castile soap ( you can make your own castile as well, but it takes 3 weeks – we will publish a post about how to do it yourself at a later date, but for now, you can just order a bottle of castile soap online. It is a vegetable oil based soap, and is made in a technique that was developed in the Castile region of Spain – hence the name !)
  • 2 tbsp Raw Shea butter (this is optional, but adding this increase the skin hydration properties of the gel)
  • 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel – just grab a few Aloe Vera leaves, peel off the green part of the leaves on one side. Scoop out the gel using a spoon (make sure you don’t let the yellow resin get into the scooped out gel – it can be somewhat irritating to the skin) Pro-tip: Make sure you take only a couple of leaves from each Aloe Vera plant – if you take more, the plant may be damaged in its growth.
  • Either 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil or 500 mg of Vitamin C( Ascorbic Acid) – not only is this good for your skin, but would also act as a natural preservative
  • Essential Oil of your choice – Lavender, Lime, Orange, Bergamot – pretty much most essential oils would do – you need to add in about 20 ml


  • Get the aloe gel, and blend it using a mixer-blender for a couple of minutes
    Aloe Vera Gel Aloe Vera gel in blender to  get the right consistency
  • Warm the shea butter until it’s completely melted
    Melt the shea butter
  • Put the aloe gel, castile soap, vitamin E or C, shea butter and essential oil into a bottle, close the lid – and shake it for a minute.
    shower gel bottle
  • Your shower gel is ready !

If you live in a very hot area, it may be a good idea to keep the shower gel in the fridge when you are not using it, in order to extend its shelf life.