Move over man-caves, women are finding refuge in she-sheds

She-sheds are an emerging trend, and women’s answer to the long-established man-cave.

The average man-cave has been rather simple in terms of aesthetic design; a wooden or tin shed with an old couch, TV, alcohol and some tools thrown in.

She-sheds are more reflective of their inhabitants’ style, with individual preferences for shabby chic, 50s retro or Tudor Pavilion. There’s even a dedicated page on Pinterest brimming with ideas.

The difficult thing to comprehend is why it’s taken so long. It makes sense when we consider that according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics women are still bearing the brunt of household work and care of children, despite being more active in the workforce than ever before.

A quick escape to a retreat at the end of the garden could be just what every exhausted woman needs!

What would your she-shed look like?



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Grow your own edible garden with Isabelle Palmer’s tips

What inspired you to create The House Gardener? 

My new book, The House Gardener, came to mind over the winter months, while looking out onto my two small balconies in my north London apartment.  I have always kept a few houseplants but not in any concentration and I really wanted to evoke that feeling of green indoors as I wasn’t spending much time outdoors. It also made me think, “what if you didn’t have any outdoor space at all, how could you bring a garden indoors?” So my attention was greatly focused on bringing nature to life inside the home.

What are your top tips for those wishing to grow herbs in cramped spaces, like a city apartment? 

Planting a herb garden is a great way to start container gardening, if you like in a small apartment. Not only do you get the satisfaction of growing your own produce but they are great for adding to your cooking. Mint, chives, rosemary, parsley and a salad mix are good varieties to start with.

The key thing to remember is that plants are living things, they need light, water and regular food. The most common reason that people kill their plants is watering – they either water too much or too little, check with your finger – if it’s moist up to your knuckle then you don’t need to water your plant for a couple of days, if it’s dry then water slowly and moderately until moist.

We love your use of recycled bottles for the hanging plants! What are some other recycled products that work well?

Using unexpected objects as containers, as well as recycling old ones, is a wonderful and inventive way to show off and exhibit houseplants. I use everything from old pots to milk jugs and pitchers, there is always a way to update and recycle unwanted objects. I love trawling through junk shops and antiques markets, searching for something unusual and fun.

And what about recycled products to grow herbs/ edible plants in?

Try using an old wooden crate or even an old drawer. Ask your local pizza restaurant for discarded tomato and olive tins – these are catering size so larger than normal and usually have colourful designs on the front – perfect for bright flowering plants. You will achieve a really individual look and give a product another lease of life.

Just make sure, whatever you use, that you have a couple of drainage holes at the bottom.

The House Gardener by Isabelle Palmer published by CICO $49.95 available in stores nationally.

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