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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May gardening: Broad beans

Traditionally, broad beans are sown from March to mid-May and will stand through winter and crop in early summer.

Broad beans are favourite with many cold climate gardeners.

The soil for broad beans ideally needs to be well enriched with compost and to give good results, a dressing of Phosphate or Blood and Bone will encourage healthy growth.

Sow broad beans in double rows about 25cm apart, with seeds 10cm apart and 5cm deep.