A Logstore Made from an Old Shed

Last Spring I dismantled the old garden shed I had inherited when I bought the house.  The roof and floor were completely rotten but the side that was closest to the neighbour’s fence had been sheltered from the elements and some of the wood was still in usable condition.  I stacked it at the bottom of the garden and set to renovating the house.

As part of my mission to live a more sustainable life I had a wood burning stove installed in September.  I stacked my wood supply on an old kitchen door and used the old shed door to keep the rain off as best I could, with some waterproof sheeting at the edges and in the gaps which were exposed.  The downside to this was that some of the wood got soggy and mildewed as the air could not circulate properly.

make a logstore from an old shed
My Logstore Homemade from an Old Shed

This Spring, while tidying up the bottom of my garden, I came up with the idea of upcyling the old shed and building a logstore with the saved wood.  After looking at a youtube video, I realised that the door, sawn in half across the middle, would make the perfect base.  I removed the slats and cut some of the old side posts to length to create a grid for the wood to lie across and to allow the air to come in from underneath.  I also added a couple of pieces of post at right angles at each corner under the frame, so that it is standing another 3″ higher off the ground to help keep the wood dry. Then I made frames for the side panels from other posts, while reusing the wooden slats on both the side panels and across the back.  The other half of the door was used for the roof.  I left the slats on this to keep the rain out, but cut the front posts down in height and set the door directly on the front cross spar so that the roof is slightly pitched and the rain can run off.

Reusing the old door frame has made the log store really sturdy.  Let’s hope that by the time the autumn arrives I will have managed to acquire a stock of wood and that it will be dry enough to burn!  If you are a seasoned wood burner and have some great tips, please leave your comments below to share with others starting out on the journey of working with nature.  Have you ever made anything from an old shed?


My Organic Veg Box

There has never been a better time to go organic.  Daily we are hearing in the media of the rise in cases of obesity, and of the increase in Type II Diabetes.  For a long time the argument has been that organic food was too expensive.  This is simply not true and anyway can you put a value on well-being?

my organic veg box
My Organic Veg Box bursting with delicious fresh seasonal vegetables

My weekly veg and fruit box is always full of fresh, seasonal organic produce, grown in sustainable, eco-friendly ways that are supportive of the environment, without pesticides or chemicals or any kind.  Since they are not pumped full of water to increase the size unnaturally, the vegetables have more substance and body and do not shrink when cooked.  You get more for your money and stay full for longer as the fibre and nutritional content are higher.  An absolute bargain at £10.  And no plastic trays and shrink wrap to throw away either.  The cardboard delivery box goes back each week when the fresh box arrives, creating no waste while at the same time reducing my carbon footprint!

Most of the produce is grown locally on the organic farm in Purton, Wiltshire.  Purton House Organics  is a well-established business and has grown from strength to strength over the years through the support of its local customer group.  What started as a local veg box delivery scheme has blossomed over the years and now includes a shop with a full range of organic groceries, including bread and dairy products and more recently a cafe area. Buying fresh, local produce means that every penny you spend goes back into the loop, supporting the farm, helping it to thrive and grow , while creating more jobs and opportunities.  Green living at its best. When shopping in a supermarket, most of the profit goes elsewhere, with only a very small percentage benefiting the local economy.  So your food may be a tiny bit cheaper, but all the profits go somewhere else.  There is no way of knowing if the producers are being paid a fair wage or treated with respect.

In the winter months, some of the fruit comes from other countries of course, like oranges, grapefruit and bananas, this is inevitable.  But most of the home grown winter warmers in the form of hearty root vegetables, carrots, swede, parsnips, along with leeks, sprouts, cabbage and kale, are available right through until the Spring.  My kale plants in my garden planters got me through the winter and kept my quota of greens topped up, and my ruby chard amongst my flower borders has also survived and is throwing out again nicely.

More and more local organic producers are getting up and running.  Have a look around your home area, you may be surprised.  If not, there’s always Abel & Cole or Riverford Organic .

Do please leave the name of  your local scheme in the comments box to share with others!