My Garden and Shed Haven

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I have found so much pleasure in my small garden and shed over the years I thought I would share my little haven with you all.

Background

Ever since I was young I had an interest in growing things, sunflowers for instance. It all started when I was in school and grew my first runner bean plant in a washed out jam jar with water in the bottom. A sheet of blotting paper (can you remember that?) around the inside of the jar and a few runner bean seeds sandwiched half way up the jar between the blotting paper and glass. All the pupils in my class in the 19**'s (ahem....cough cough) did the same and we had the jars lined up on the window ledges in our class.

Geotropism

You can imagine our delight when, over the coming weeks, we saw the bean seeds break open and white roots form, which started to weave their way down towards the water. A shoot also appeared with a 'head' that started to grow upwards. I also found out a new word too from the teacher and that was 'geotropism' which I have remembered to this day. It meant that the seed was aware which way around it was and sent shoots upwards and roots downwards. (ie it was aware of gravitational forces). This is characteristic of all plants to my knowledge.

I have repeated this experiment many times using kitchen roll as a liner instead of blotting paper and also found that newspaper works just as well.

A lifetime of gardening

This early interest stimulated me into growing things, both flowers and vegetables, and I have been doing this all my life. I have really enjoyed doing this, it is a relatively inexpensive pastime, as you can collect your own seeds, you get plenty of fresh air and exercise and furthermore it has probably saved me a lot of money too.

I only have a small garden now but still utilise the space that I have as efficiently as I can. I grow runner beans in a large trough that I made from some spare decking. I grow salads in another trough that I made, which is at waist height mounted on legs. I use a tub for growing potatoes other tubs for flowers, sweetpeas, and chard. I also have a strawberry tower which holds 24 plants and takes up little room.

My Shed Haven

A friend of mine made me a large garden shed a few years ago which I find so useful. I have mains electricity in there, and also in the inside, I have a bench on the one side which I use for doing odd jobs and on the other side a table for potting up my plants. I also have a chair in there, a heater and of course every shed has to have a kettle, a couple of mugs and some teabags!

On the outside I made two window boxes, which are planted with flowers.

I take cuttings of plants to increase my stock and also propagate plants by a process known as air-layering. I also save the seeds of many plants ready to sow the following year.

Side Troughing on Shed

Down the one side of the shed I have screwed on lengths of plastic troughing which I fill with potting compost where I can grow lettuce and all sorts of other plants including flowers.

Indoor Plants Daffodils and Hyacinths

At the moment I am growing some small daffodils, sweetpeas and hyacinths on a window sill indoors.

Here is a video of my garden :-

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Beans, Flowers, Garden, Lettuce, Plants, Richardpeeej, Shed, Trough

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I enjoy playing the guitar, gardening, writing poems, doing a bit of cooking and catching up with my good friends on the net

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Stunning article so worthy of that shiny Star merit Richard! Loved your shed..I could happily move into that...lol..Happy Birthday for today my dearest friend...MWAH! \0/xxx

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Aw thank you Bev my dear friend for the birthday wishes.
I was surprised to get a star page I must admit. I love my garden and shed and spend a lot of time out there in the summer..not so much now though in the depths of winter.....

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for moderating this so quickly Mark.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Richard how lovely a hide-away is your garden shed... and how much I enjoyed this article my friend... I too love gardening...many thanks

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia, I am so glad you enjoy my article. I find gardening very relaxing and am always pleased to see the plants grow.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing a little bit of your world with us. Lovely photos and I just love your shed. I also learned a new word today. :o) I had never heard the word 'geotropism' before. Congratulations on a great Star Page!

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Carol I appreciate your kind words and support for my pages. Hope you are OK my friend...

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
11th Feb 2012 (#)

I'm doing OK Richard. Thank you for asking. :)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Feb 2012 (#)

How funny 'Sdgsd' is still trying to spam the Wikinut pages, unaware of the privilege we have in deleting such damn posts.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Gardening is a passion that make us forget our busy world!

Great haven!

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Rathnashikamani, I have deleted spam and thank you too for your encouraging comment. Yes it is great to relax in the garden.

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author avatar Buzz
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow, a virtual Garden of Eden, rich! I knew you would always sleep there in the shed.:) Happy Birthday to you, my friend!

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz so much. It is a great retreat my friend :-)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

A lovely Songbird sent me to say happy Birthday my friend....:0)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Delicia I love your words ;-)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Brilliant look at your garden. So nice of you to share the pictures with us. Looks great. I still have 3 inches of snow on the ground!

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Mark for all your support, our snow has gone now...

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author avatar krrymarie
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Aww we all have to have our own little haven. lovely article.
Happy birthday too hope you having a lovely day.

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Mark I hope your snow goes away soon

Thank you too Kerry for your birthday wishes- I had a great day :-)

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author avatar Buzz
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Rich, I see a duck there. Why not write an article about the duck? Oh, rich, krrymarie is a lovely lovely British dynamite. LOL.

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

I saw the ducks tonight when I went out Buzz and took a video of them on their icy stream sliding around :-)

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Richard what a lovely garden shed you have. I would love to come and visit. Love that you gave us a piece of you. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Happy Birthday my Friend! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for your birthday wishes and kind words Denise. It is always a surprise to me when I get a star page as I don't get many lol .

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Richard! What an amazing looking shed! A lovely share with amazing photos. Thanks again.

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Feb 2012 (#)

You're welcome Melissa. Thank you, so glad that you like my shed. :-)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
14th Feb 2012 (#)

i was wondering why i am not alerted for your published first.... i realized i was not a follower yet....i overlooked that..as were friends in 3 different sites already..

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author avatar Jules Castillo
14th Feb 2012 (#)

i was wondering why i am not alerted for your published page at first.... i realized i was not a follower yet....i overlooked that..as were friends in 3 different sites already..

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author avatar richardpeeej
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for following me cowboy and for being friends on other sites too. I am following you too...

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author avatar Dragonsfire
7th Apr 2013 (#)

I am glad to see another garden refuge from the world. Great job and thanks for sharing.
Mary n John Kent England

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author avatar richardpeeej
8th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Dragonsfire, it is great to pop in the shed now and again ;-)

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