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    Brucelona is offline Germinator
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    Default New allotment - preserving an old shed.

    Last week I got my first allotment and since then I've cleared all the growth and covered the bulk of it with plastic. However, it doesn't have a shed, until now.

    Last night I picked up a free shed from gumtree and plan to erect it on my new plot tonight. However, it's pretty old and I feel like I should put some sort of protection on it for the winter months to come. It's an overlap construction, 6 x 4.

    It has remnants of old stain on it. Can anyone recommend some sort of preservative that can go straight onto the old wood? I don't really care about the colour.

    Also, any old wives tales about methods for keeping the spiders out/to a minimum?

    Attempted to include a photo below, not sure if it'll work; here was the plot as I inherited it last week:

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    Creocote, it's like creosote. It'll be a bit smelly for a while!
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    depending on when you want to use the shed it might be easier to just stack it in pieces on the allotment and then erect it next year after the worst of the wind and rain are over. This would give you a bit of time to collect a bit of spare second-hand timber to reinforce it with too.

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    Hi Brucelona , welcome to the Vine and congratulations on getting your allotment. It might not be environmentally friendly but mixing creocote with a bit of old engine oil will preserve the wood for longer and also deter spiders.
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    Agree with the above, creocote the only route. If its that old though, a few pallets would help with the wood replacement issues, better off with half decent wood in the first place ey
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    Thanks very much for the advice, I shall be investing in some of this Creocote.

    Here's the shed in all it's glory


    And the plot, as of last week (before the shed)


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    Hello and welcome to the vine Brucelona, your plots starting to take shape
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    Hello and welcome, Brucelona. You're making good progress already. Congrats. Just in time for some overwintering veg too (onions, garlic, broad beans, even hardy peas depending on where you are...).

    Happy growing!
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