The Original Lighting in Your Garden Sheds

Do you think it is essential to light garden sheds? Some people do not and will often rely on the natural light coming in from the door. While natural lighting can be sufficient, it will not reach all the nooks in the shed. Also, you cannot rely on it when it is dark. And we all know how dangerous it can be to look for things in a dark shed, more so when it has garden implements. Instead of fumbling in the dark and risking bodily harm, you should think of some lighting solutions. Luckily, you have both natural and artificial solutions available to you. Your selection will thus have a lot to do with the use of the shed.

Natural Vs. Artificial Lighting

Natural light comes from the sun (and the moon during full moons), while artificial light comes from a source of energy. You can get natural lighting in your space by having openings such as doors, skylights, and windows. You can increase the brightness by adding more openings on the roof and walls. In this case, you do not have much control over the light. It depends on the season and the intensity of the sun. For artificial light, you rely on an energy source such as solar, wind, or electricity. Here, you have control over the amount of light as long as the source of energy is working at an optimum. Given that garden buildings should be at one with nature, going natural for the most part is the best way forward.


When deciding what can work for your shed, you have to consider some factors. For one, the location of the structure matters a great deal. If the shed cannot get enough natural light owing to the shading around it, you will need additional sources. Alternatively, you can opt to move the shed to a place where it can receive more sunlight.

Secondly, the size of the shed will matter. With small spaces, you can make do with natural light. The same does not hold for large spaces where light cannot travel to most of the corners. In the case of the latter, additional sources would prove to be necessary,

Thirdly, how do you plan to use the shed? The usage will determine how much time you spend in the space. It will also determine the need for safety, which will inform your decision on light sources. Having considered these factors, you can now find the following lighting solutions.

What Options Are Available?

Natural Lighting

Here, you will rely on the sun on, and you need to find means through which you can increase the sunlight access. The positioning of the windows and doors is essential in this case. These should face south or west as this will allow for more light entry. Gables on the roof should have a north-south orientation as this allows for more light to enter the space. Where some structures bar the entry of light, you may want to consider moving them or the shed.

You can use a sloping roof such that one wall is higher than the other. The added vertical space makes for an excellent position to install windows. These can direct light into the shed. With this style, you will not have to compromise on the privacy of the contents in the shed. Note that you will need added ventilation to account for the added solar gain.

Another good option is the use of skylights. You can use ones similar to what you would have in a conventional home. When making a choice, it would be best to get those that allow for the removal of heat. That way, you will not end up overheating the shed, making it uncomfortable for use.

Adding windows to the shed is an easy and efficient way to allow more light into your space. These should be towards the south or west. Given that they come in a range of designs, it should be easy to find what works for your shed. If they open to the outside, then all the better, as they will increase ventilation in the space.

Artificial Lighting

In this case, you will have control as to the quality and the quantity of the light. Thus, in the selection process, you should have an eye out for brightness levels and energy efficiency. The latter is essential as it affects how much the lighting adds to your utility bills.

Solar-powered lighting is a welcome idea for people who live in sunny regions. Most solar panels will store charge for up to eight hours before they need a recharge. You can thus rely on them for the interior as well as exterior lighting of the shed.

Battery-powered lighting works for seasons when the sun is not a reliable source of light. These solutions come in varying shapes and sizes and are easy to mount. It helps that they are low-cost solutions.

Electric-powered lights are another way to go. These are similar to what you probably have in your home. They are reliable and will work as long as there is electricity.


Did you know that the colour of the shed’s interior has an impact on the lighting of the space? If you use a bright colour on the inside, light reflection increases, and this adds to the available light. You might want to try this before using additional sources.

Bottom Line

Ideally, sheds should have adequate natural lighting such that you only need a few artificial lights. It ensures that the spaces remain energy efficient, and it reduces the strain on utility bills. It would be best if you thus relied on reputable manufacturers who produce garden sheds that need little artificial lighting. Quick Garden is one such trusted and reliable manufacturer of garden buildings. You can have a look at our garden sheds and other products on our website. Feel free to contact us for more information.

The Benefits Of Rosemary And How To Grow It

Are you interested in knowing about the benefits of rosemary and how to grow it? Get all the information you need from the health benefits to cultivation and aftercare practices.

Rosemary is an evergreen herb that is native to the Mediterranean. People recognize it for its fragrant smell that is quite distinctive. You can use it in drinks, such as teas, where you can reap its many health benefits, or you can use it to enjoy its scent in body products. Let’s take a look at the benefits of rosemary and how to grow it in a few simple steps:

What is Rosemary?

This herb belongs to the mint family and like many in this category, such as the oregano and lavender varieties, it boasts of a strong aroma. This feature makes it ideal for use in dishes such as chicken and lamb. It is also rich in iron, Vitamin B6 and calcium which makes it an excellent addition to one’s diet. If you get it from the store, you will find it in dried form as a whole or as a powder. If you plan on using it in teas or other liquid products, it is best when fresh or dried, but whole.

People love using this herb for its medicinal properties. In the past, people relied on it to boost hair growth, deal with muscle pain, curb memory loss, as well as boost the immune system. These benefits have continued to exhibit themselves over the years, and for this reason, people widely plant this herb. You will find it in many homes, either in the indoors or the outdoors. The great thing about it is that it is quite sturdy and where you offer it the protection it requires, it can thrive in any climate. This factor works for you where you have a wooden shed as you can adjust the conditions to suit the herb.

This perennial plant has a lifespan of over two years and can help you with improved concentration, slowing down brain aging and aiding digestion. Be careful when ingesting this herb as high doses can lead to vomiting, pulmonary edema, comas, and other severe conditions. As is the case with everything, the key to enjoying rosemary lies in moderation.


When it comes to planting rosemary, you have many options as to where you can start and grow it. It does not take up much space and will grow even in the indoors, such as your wooden shed. Once its roots establish, it is quite hardy and will survive for many years. Here’s how to do this:

Starting the herb

With many plants, you find that the options are often seeds or cuttings. In this case, the best way forward is the use of cuttings. Seeds take a long time to sprout, and in most cases, only a few of them survive. Cuttings are hardy, as long as you get them from established plants, and they often mature with ease. You can get a cutting from a friend, or you can get one from the local nursery. The ideal size of the cuttings should be four inches. It is important to note that the cuttings will result in qualities similar to those of the original bush. For this reason, be sure to choose clippings from a bush whose features you want.

You might find that you are unable to get the variety you want from a friend or the local nursery. In this case, you can look up the options available online and can get cuttings from another nursery. These herbs have many varieties. Some tend to be bushy and they grow quite large, which may not appeal to someone who wants to plant them indoors. Others tend to trail. Some have white flowers, others have blue, while others have purple. Go through the options and see what works for you.

Also, where you wish to start with something other than cuttings, you have the option of small plants or seedlings which you can get from the local nursery. Buying these will take away the waiting period and will allow you to enjoy the herb sooner than you would with a clipping.

Get your cuttings towards the end of spring as this is the ideal time to plant the herb. However, where you live in a warm region, you can schedule the planting towards the start of autumn. Where you plan on growing the rosemary indoors, any time will do as you can always alter the conditions to meet the requirements.

Take the cuttings and get rid of the leaves towards the bottom of the stem. An inch of space will suffice before inserting the leafless part into the soil. The importance of removing the leaves is that they can lead to rotting once they are in the soil.


Each cutting will require a small container which you should fill with 2/3 coarse sand at the bottom followed by 1/3 peat moss. Place the clipping in the pot ensuring it is in a location with access to the sun. Note that the sun should not be direct as this can affect the growth of the herb. Ensure that the cuttings get water regularly as you wait for the roots to form. This process should take about three weeks.

You can speed up the process by placing the pot in a plastic bag with some holes at the top for air circulation. This will increase the temperature and ensure that the clipping is moist and warm. You can also dip the tips of the cuttings in rooting powder before planting them, as this will stimulate their growth.

Once the roots form, you can transfer the plants to the outdoors or larger pots in the wooden shed. At this point, they can put up with snow, high temperatures, and other harsh conditions. However, it is essential for the soil to be well-draining, otherwise, the roots can rot. You should also balance the acidity of the soil by adding some lime in cases where the conditions are too acidic.


Rosemary does best in moderately dry soils, and as such, frequent watering is not necessary. If it is in the outdoors, it can survive on rainfall. Fertilization is not required but some lime addition will help. If your winter temperatures tend to be below zero degrees Fahrenheit, consider placing the pots in the wooden shed in the cold months to protect the plants from damage. Pruning may be necessary where the bush becomes bigger than is necessary.

Given its evergreen nature, you can enjoy its leaves all year round. Enjoy!