Meanwhile, In The Shed…

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The Gardeners’ World TV programme may be over for the season. Friday nights just aren’t the same.

But there’s something I’ve been coveting from Monty’s potting shed.


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Of course, our version will need to be scaled down. You couldn’t fit a presenter, a dog and a full camera crew in our diminutive little shed. In fact there is barely room to swing a mouse.


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But at least we’ll now be reminded of all those essential garden tasks.


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  1. Jo December 8, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Brilliant. I love the little ledge at the bottom for the chalk.

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo. It would get lost in the shed otherwise. It still might..

  2. countrysidetales December 8, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

    You forgot to add ‘Make Wife Supper’, ‘hoover, dust and polish’, ‘put the washing on’ etc etc….

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      I left room for suggested additional items.. thank you. And if needs be I could put P.T.O. on the bottom right hand corner and paint the back of the board as well?

  3. Amy at love made my home December 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    So lovely, such a great idea. I will not be following your example though, my hubby hates lists and has been known to chuck the odd one at me, I think that blackboard might hurt if he managed to get his aim right! Hope that Mike enjoys his to do list!!! xx

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      I have a feeling that a second board may now appear.. a matching pair?

      • Amy at love made my home December 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        I wonder what Mike would put on your list! xx

        • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm - Reply

          He’d find many things, but ‘Make Coffee’ would feature quite heavily.. !!

  4. Simone December 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    That’s wonderful! The chalk holder is such lovely attention to detail. x

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Simone. Mike got some pukka carpentry tools when he did the bookshelves last year.

  5. Sue@GLAllotments December 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Love it!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. Now I’ll be able to chalk up all the things I want to move in Spring. Perhaps I had better paint the back of the board after all..

  6. Denise December 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Every shed should have one!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      It would be tempting to paint the whole gable end in blackboard paint, but there’s too much clutter in the way! Then I could have garden master plan, crop rotations.. aahh the mind boggles.

  7. Crafty Gardener December 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Love your latest creation … a must for every home.

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      There may be more.. this one hasn’t yet left the lobby where we photographed it. It looks rather good there.

  8. Eleanor from Stitches and Seeds December 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I have shed envy for Monty’s shed on almost every level. He has a wood burner in there! Eleanor xx

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      I know, it’s wonderful isn’t it. I’m sure I don’t remember it being so big when he started out. Perhaps the wood burner is for the camera crew’s tea break!

  9. wherefivevalleysmeet December 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    What a handy hubby you have – it is great, you could probably make yourselves a fortune selling them on the internet!!!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      He likes making things, which is very handy around here. It would be a bit cheeky selling them though, seeing as the design was cobbled together from a number of things that are on the internet already!

  10. Rosie December 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Perfect! Lists are great things – you’ll be watching for the jobs to be ticked off one by one:)

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Which will leave space to add more… 😉

  11. Helen December 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! Personally, I don’t really have any strong feelings about Monty’s shed but I wouldn’t mind spending a little time with Monty himself *sighs*

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Ahh, it’s that twinkle in his eye..

  12. justjilluk December 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Now you should have written -Make blackboard. Then he would have something to cross off!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      You have the same approach to list making as I do..

  13. Pauline December 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    That is fantastic, I love it and I’m sure we all want one, are you going into business?!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      No, but it was a doddle to make. Little more than an afternoon including watching the paint dry!

  14. Freda December 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    You must have a very good humoured husband..

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      I am waiting for the graffiti. Leaving the chalk lying there is asking for it..

  15. islandthreads December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I was going to click your like button but there isn’t one, so consider this post ‘liked’ Frances

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Sorted. I thought the ‘Like’ button was a thing, but I have found it… deeply buried! Thanks Frances.

  16. haggiz December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I am very envious of Monty’s shed and love the idea you’ve pinched from him! Do you have room for a woodburner in yours so that Mike can swing mice in comfort? 😉 Julie x

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      I think if we had a wood burner in ours we would rapidly become sans shed!

  17. SeagullSuzie December 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    No sheds here, I hate the spiders that you get-but I have my greenhouse instead.

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Now that’s a good place for a blackboard too. Seed sowing plan..

  18. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA December 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Nice project. Good luck with the “to do list”.
    Varied results here, 50/50 on a really good day.

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      That sounds like progress in the right direction? I hope it won’t be too long before you are fully recovered Suzanne. Don’t overdo it!

  19. Cathy December 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    As I scrolled through your post I must admit I did expect to see a second board appear…. Is this what Husband expected to see appear on this one? Perhaps he would have made it smaller if he had… 😉

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      I can write smaller too…

  20. Wendy December 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I love the blackboard. I’m a real fan of them – I have a small one hanging next to me here, although it isn’t homemade like yours (and so not as good). The shed is a perfect place for one, too. No excuse to avoid those gardening tasks now!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      I used to have my to-do list on the laptop. But this one doesn’t need booting up, can be added to with dirty hands… and doesn’t crash at a crucial moment!

  21. Sol December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    loving it! so industrious. I have done nothing all day… 🙁

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      That’s OK, it’s Sunday! You’re allowed.

  22. snowbird December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Lol….absolutely inspired….now please make one for me! Pretty please….xxx

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      It’s easy. Two bits of wood, one painted, two screws… Just don’t tell Mike I said so OK?

  23. elaine December 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Great idea but I’m afraid if I see a list something goes off in my head and I do just the opposite or nothing at all – I am the proverbial list hater, and that’s why jobs get missed or not done or forgotten – hope the blackboard works for you.

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      A list is a necessary evil for me, chaos would reign otherwise. The worst thing is putting it on a computer. Then you can’t lose it, it just keeps carrying on forward getting longer by the day..

  24. Vera December 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful inspiration for keeping hubs heading in the right direction!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      So far nothing has been crossed off..

  25. CJ December 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    It’s wonderful! And lucky you being able to write something like that – I don’t think I’d fare very well if I wrote “jobs for other half” on anything!

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      It was all a bit tongue in cheek. With the exception of the last job (!), they are all things he wants to do anyway.

  26. CherryPie December 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Oh I LOVE that chalk board! I wonder if I could get away with one of those 😉

    • Jessica December 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      The risk is, you may get one back!

  27. nataliescarberry December 9, 2013 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Nice little chalkboard! Whatever I put on it in terms of things to do would get done soon enough for my liking ONLY if I were talking to myself. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      I know the feeling!

  28. colleen December 9, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    My friend was selling little blackboards at a Christmas Fair recently, and I was very tempted. But t was quite small. To fit on the list of all the things that need to be done, we’d need a blackboard as big as the one we used to have at school. Maybe I just need to paint a wall…

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      If I ever get lucky enough to have a studio I will definitely blackboard paint a wall. The mind boggles at all the possibilities..

  29. Em December 9, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Great idea! I write a list every day in the house so a blackboard would be a great way of saving on those scraps of paper that fill the recycling bin. I have to agree with Colleen though…..a wall would be good.

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      A wall would be very good. I could pretend I was really academic by having all these weird diagrams on it (planting plans?) that no-one else would understand..

  30. woolythymes December 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    oh, my gosh! I need one of those!!! (Of course, I also need a hubby who could do all the stuff I would list one it…mine rarely leaves his computer!!!!!!)

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      I know that feeling too. BUT.. today he went out and got the glass to replace the broken window in the potting shed. Could the board be working..??

  31. Caroline Taylor December 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Haha! What a great idea.

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Caroline and welcome to rusty duck!
      It is still in the lobby where we photographed it, nearer the kitchen than the shed… who knows what it may end up being used for!

  32. frayed at the edge December 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I shall have to get Malcolm to make one for me – rather more elegant than post-its stuck to the kitchen table or the worktop!

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Malcolm will have it knocked up in no time! Best not to use very old blackboard paint though, it goes rather gloopy.

  33. Sarah December 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    That’s a good idea , are you the only one who is allowed to write on it? Sarah x

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Not any more!

  34. Chloris December 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I’m very impressed with your shed. I wonder if your tools are shiny and clean and all hanging just where they should like Monty’s. And so many tools tools too. And do you have a nice little corner to do all your potting?

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Mike’s shed (workshop) has tools hanging shiny and clean just where they should be.
      My potting shed is separate and.. chaotic!

  35. Anna December 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Jessica. I hope that there are ticks appearing as fast as you can write so that you can add more to the list 🙂

    • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      We’d better get some more chalk..

  36. Linda December 10, 2013 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Oh dear….I ♥ that!
    I also ♥ sheds….
    You are 2 for 2, Jessica!

    Linda :o)

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

      I could spend hours a-pottering in my shed! Thanks Linda.

  37. BadPenny December 10, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Brilliant ! Can you make one for my husband ? He might give it a passing look before disappearing to his boat !

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Positioning is key. This one was supposed to go up on the shed wall, but it’s stayed in the lobby so far. Right outside the kitchen door..

  38. Linda December 10, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I like it! There are quite a few garden-related maintenance jobs to be done right now at our house. We’ve just washed the garden slabs and covered yard and there are some fence panels at the allotment to put up that were blown down in the wind.

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

      It never ends does it. We’re about to go and fit the new glass in the window of the potting shed… that’ll be the first thing wiped off the list!

  39. Jacqueline December 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant addition to the potting shed Jessica although, I doubt your husband shares your enthusiasm !!!! ….. I hope that he can cross of the jobs on the list faster than you can add them !!!! haha
    I would like to have Monty’s dog …… he looks so kind and soppy !!
    Thanks so much for your coment today …… I will try and take photographs at Kew and post them.
    Have a great week. XXXX

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      He’s crossed one off already, so I am behind the pace.
      Look forward to Kew pics!

  40. Bilbowaggins December 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I would find this extremely funny if I wasn’t a tad envious. If I wrote a list like that for my husband he’d just ask me why the h*** I wasn’t getting LP to complete the tasks :{

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      LP is worth his weight in gold. You’re making far quicker progress than me.

  41. Denise December 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Memories of my teaching days! We have quite a lovely shed – very good quality – was mum’s. Occupied by the geese for many years – now by the hens. 8’x6′ – 4 hens. They are ruined!

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I’m sure the hens appreciate it, and if it’s solid it’ll keep them safe.

  42. wherethejourneytakesme December 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    You are not going in for a His and Hers board then?

    • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Now mine WOULD need a wall…

  43. Jenny December 11, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    We’re envious of everything about Montys potting shed, but your blackboard certainly gets you one step closer to the dream 🙂

    • Jessica December 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      One day, eh. When we win the lottery!

  44. Jennifer Connell December 12, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I love the simple unframed design of your chalkboard.

    • Jessica December 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. I’m glad that simple is coming back into fashion. It’s a style that I really like.

  45. Natalie December 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    OOooooh!!! I need to get a blackboard for my husband!
    Wait. I have one. He ignores it. Hmmm…plan B!

    • Jessica December 14, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Write bigger? 🙂

  46. Janet/Plantaliscious December 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Nive job, but bet it doesn’t look quite like that any more, Mike must have “adjusted” the contents by now… I’m ashamed to say that our shed is far too untidy for a balckboard it would just get lost in the mess! My lists remain in my notebook, which of course is varying degress of filthy depending on the weather at the time and how clean my trousers were. If they are quite clean I balk at wiping my muddy hands on the before writing in the book so the dirtiness of the book pages is inversely proportional to the state of my trousers!

    • Jessica December 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      But how satisfying to look back at your notebook and remember all the effort that has been put in, or at least how many times you have had to wash your trousers!

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