Thursday, April 30, 2009

How do I remove an old metal garden shed that seems to be built on concrete?


We just bought a house with a small garden - unfortunately a great deal of space is taken up by an old and not very pretty metal garden shed which seems to be built on a concrete foundation. Does anyone have any ideas on how we can dismantle it and what we do with the shed after that. Thanks :)

How do I remove an old metal garden shed that seems to be built on concrete?
3 choices for the shed

take it apart

throw it in a truck as in and haul to the landfill

call a ssrap metal person in the yellow pages and tell them

they can have it for free if they haul it off.

for the concrete:

clean it and turn it into a small patio with chairs and a keg

Box it in - fill in the box with dirt and plant flowers in it

break it up and haul it off. (not worth it really)

Put a water fountain on the concrete area with cement benches.
Reply:Dismantle it by removing the screws. Try to sell it or give it away.
Reply:It shouldn't take too long to dismantle it using a drill or cordless drill with a screwdriver bit. Once you dismantle it, you take it to your local landfill.
Reply:before you consider demolishing the shed, have u thought about converting it to a greenhouse. If that doesnt work, take a wriecking bar and start knocking down the ceiling. then start at the walls. if a wrecking bar isnt workin out, use a circular saw with a metal cutting blade. if u cut neatly these will stack nicely. lastly, to get rid of the concrete, use a jackhammer available for rent at most national home improvement stores
Reply:It's probably just screwed together, get out the drill and start at the top and work down. The slab is probably 3-4 inches thick but you could break it up with a sledge hammer, if your not that ambitios than HD rents jack hammers. Good Luck

I'm painting you inside of my garden shed? What color should I paint the walls and door?

I'm painting the inside of my garden shed. It will be used as a retreat and has a cot inside for naps. The shed has no windows. Currently the shed door and walls have been sanded and ready to be painted. Inside there are two lights. I would want the door painted a color that I could look at if I have to close it.

I'm painting you inside of my garden shed? What color should I paint the walls and door?
I use a coleman gasoline lantern for a light in my shed. I painted the inside glossy white to reflect light and make it brighter in there.
Reply:I painted the inside of my garden shed a nice bright white. Then I covered all the shelves with floral plastic table cloths that I cut to fit the shelves and stapled them on. My pots are stacked on the shelves, but it is a terrific retreat - and feels so clean and bright when I enter. If you want the door to be a different color, then use something that coordinates with the plastic table clothes that you use - for me, my doors are double and open out - they are also white, but I have 2 metal wreaths that say "Welcome" and "Home" on them. I love it out there - just needs a potty....
Reply:play around with the Sherwin Williams color visualizer to find something that you like. It is the best paint visualizer on the web, imho. I like how their color palette is laid out, I like that you can search by color family %26amp; color name, the "painted" rooms look the most realistic, and it suggests coordinating color schemes. You can literally spend hours:

I think a pink like "hopeful" (# 6597) would be pretty, and then paint the door "pinkish" (# 7112). The colors remind me of flowers.
Reply:I would recommend a light sage green. It sounds appropriate for a garden shed. Do you think the door will stay clean if you paint it white? I think white would look the best, but you need to be practical also. If you think you would like a darker color (one that won't show the dirt so much) I would choose a taupe. This sounds like a very nice garden shed. I wish you the best and hope you enjoy!
Reply:Sounds wonderful. I'd paint it a soft celery green.

Where can i get a good quality garden shed?

I live in scotland and am looking for aa GOOD quality garden shed for storing tools, where would you recommend?

Where can i get a good quality garden shed?

I got an amazing shed from gillies and mackay ltd, it was a 10' x 8' 19mm thick tongue and groove redwood weatherboard heavy duty, it has 75mm x 50mm pressure treated framing, 19mm flooring and 14mm redwood roof with excellent ruberfort felt. I've had it for 6 years and it is in fantastic condition. The price included the Vat delivery and installation the staff were so welcoming and the delivery men were very polite. An all round exceptional company.
Reply:Your local home improvement store.


How do I supply electricity to the garden shed?

I would like to have electric power in a garden shed located 100 feet from the house.

How do i go about this? I want it for lighting and to run a desktop computer but not planning to use power tools.


How do I supply electricity to the garden shed?
Since the introduction of Building Regulations Part P, you must employ a qualified registered electrician to install any electrical wiring and equiptment within or outside your home. Sorry this will cost but its better to be safe than sorry.
Reply:There is two ways you can do this, one is to run a cable 1.5 under ground which is a lot of digging, the other way is to run an overhead cable of the same size, from the house to the shed, as you don't require a lot of power this would do just fine. The cable should be supported by a strong wire ' called a catenary wire' and can simply be plugged into a socket in the house.
Reply:If you haven't done a LOT of electrical work, hire someone.

If you HAVE, run an underground cable from the garage to wherever your breaker box is located. Then use a separate breaker for the garage.
Reply:hire a electrician ! would you sooner have a shock when the bill come ,s rather then a electric shock
Reply:Plug an extension cord into the neighbor's house.
Reply:Get some burial grade wire. Might as well go with 10/2 wire w/ground. Drill a hole next to your breaker panel and strip the wire back about 12" and stick the black wire into a 20 amp single pole breaker then put the white wire on the neutral bar and the copper wire into the ground bar. Bury the wire all the way to your shed ,then install an outlet box and hook up to a plug. Make shure you look at the back of the plug to find the white and black side for the wires. Or call an electrician.

How do i water proof my garden shed?

I am unable to reach one side of my garden shed because my neighbour built a 6 foot fence beside it and the water has started coming in through the joints! The roof is sound as is the other 3 sides. I need something i can do on the inside to waterproof it! Any sensible suggestions welcome!

How do i water proof my garden shed?
I wish I could see the situation at a close to judge exactly how the issue could be tickled....

I all cases, since it has to do with Water Proofing Works, you need to consider the following:

1) Rubber-Like Paint Material which is an EZ %26amp; Economical ON-THE-SPOT-Solution to your problem. Water can not penetrate through when applied at 1mm. Thick Coat.

2) Water Reppellent Material which is EZ to apply as well, but may never get your problem solved if it was not reallt the SOLUTION to your problem.

3) You fix a Piece of wood just to be able to insert it into the Newlt Formed Joint; purpose of which is to MINIMIZE the joint Gap to the Maximum Possible....and once u r done with that, apply that material noted in Point # 1 will be applied fairly to the groove / joint since it is THICK MATERIAL, and it can BRIDGE the Gab between the joint %26amp; the side of your fense....


Such Material is normally WATER-BASED; i.e., dilutable with water...But my advice to u,,,DONT THIN IT AT ALL...

Let it b as thick as it is READY-MADE, and apply it in Two -Three Consecutive Coats just to obtain 1-1.5 mm. Thickness out of it...

I also think it could be applied up to 2-3 mm. Thickness, but deal with it according to the situation u r faced with.

Consult the Shop Owner for a Professional Opinion...

Wish I were there to help %26amp; assist...

Trust I could TERMINATE your problem for good...BUT...!!!

Take care Sweetie, and best of luck water proofing your Garden Shed....
Reply:Hi,if you water proof the inside it will not stop the outside from rotting.Get the spray fence paint %26amp; try to get at the outside.You may have to renew the wall.Good Luck
Reply:You can fix a heavy duty plastic membrane on the inside or felt or you could paint on bitumen to seal the cacks.. good luck

Most cities have set-back regulations. It is 6ft. from the property line where I live. It's going to happen again. You can't expect the neighbor to let you take a section of fence down each time. Consider moving the shed over and be done with it.
Reply:Personally? I'd get a huge sheet of plastic, pull it into the gap between the fence and shed, and pin it round the edges. You'll need a ladder to pin near the roof.

Sorry, that's all I can think of!
Reply:Ask your neighbor if you can take down the fence temporarily so you can do the repairs to your shed. Put his fence back up when you are done.
Reply:tar it or use silicone caulk. kind of like the caulk you get for bathtubs but there should be an outside version of it at homedepot
Reply:peice of plastic over the area leaking witha bit of excess material so it hangs down over his side of the fence, somtehing like sealant should hold it down or maybe a few nails with sealnt over the top to stop the water getting in

How do i build my own garden shed cheaply?

i need to build a garden shed / workshop because i can't really afford to buy a ready made one .what is the cheapest yet still strong and lasting way to do this . it needs to be at least 10ft x 10ft with double doors,it will be stood on a concrete base so would be no need for a floor.

How do i build my own garden shed cheaply?
Why don't you try and buy a used one instead of all the chew of building it?

Also have a word with your local DIY store because they will damaged stock which they sell off cheap, many sheds are delivered with panel damage and are easy to repair.

I used to manage a big store and sheds are a bit of a pain, some are delivered with the wrong panels so again this might be an opportunity for you.

You can join panels from two small sheds together to get it to your size.

Another option could be to use fence panels but they will need some extra support.
Reply:get hold of a load of second hand doors , maybe from a supply and fit company , and nail the blighters together till you have the shed of your dreams, that will do the walls , the Roof covering , try and find a building site taking down the temp ply fence , you could get a large shed for peanuts
Reply:best strongest and cheapest way is to build from breezeblock. local builders merchants will price it for you.
Reply:I don't know where you live, i am in Southampton and we have down here a paper called "free ads", where folk are trying to get rid of things for next to nothing, or you could put a notice in a local shop, very often folk will let you have them if you take them down your self.
Reply:How much do u wana spend 300GBP - 1000GBP can buy you an assemble shed in diy stores. or you could build from scratch take time but cheaper and do your exact requirements.

try this
Reply:Buy some fence panels for the side, some hardboard and roofing material for the roof and a garden gate for the door.

Never know, might work!
Reply:We just built a garden shed exactly as you described for $1,000. We designed our own using hardiboard, 2 x 4 framing set 16 inches apart, ashphalt roofing and plywoood interiors. We looked at a book we found at the Lowes for ideas and the building instructions. However, our cost did not include the concrete pad because we used the one from our previous shed. It can be done over several weekends, but I recommend getting some help with the hardiboard because it is really heavy. We made the opening big enough for double doors, but in the end opted for a dutch door. It was strong enough to withstand 45 mile an hour Santa Ana winds, too.

If you want I can e-mail you photos. But, really check out the books in the Lowes. For $10 it is really helpful to have it on site, especially when you run into problems.
Reply:2x2 rsw and threequarter external sheathing ply jus cover it with felt its cheapest and quickest,make timber frames size of sheets allowing for them to but up at the ends
Reply:3/4in treated ply, screwed to 3x2 timber frame. Two courses of bricks round the bottom will lift the frames off the ground to help prevent it rotting (but it is only a shed and if your on a budget) not essential. Ply with felt is cheapest option for the roof, but if you require natural light you should use polycarbonate sheeting, not corrugated its too weak. (cheap and nasty). Whatever you use for the roof put plenty of supports in or it will sag.
Reply:My first thought was to go "dumpster diving" at a construction site, taking ONLY what is is a dumpster (I have found some decent stuff that only nails pulled out, etc). Then I read you already had a concrete floor, then you should anchor some pressure treated dimensional lumber to it and build from there. Keep a look out for someone wanting to sell an old shed or contact builders of new ones that might know of someone who wants to replace the old with a new one. Also keep an eye out for estate auctions - sometimes they sell EVERYTHING and buildings usually go CHEAP when you have to disassemble them!

Are there regulations on building a garden shed ie size wise?

How big is a garden shed allowed to be? Does it depend on what its used for? Should planning application be sought?

Are there regulations on building a garden shed ie size wise?
It depends on the overall area of your property, you are allowed a certain percentage of your garden for a shed without planning as long as it is behind the building line and not interfering with your neighbours natural light/rights of way etc. Go to your local planning department for a booklet which will have all the relevant information for your area, it differs from place to place because of covenants on the land/parish councils/bylaws etc.
Reply:A shed is regarded as a portable structure and does not require building regs or planning permission. However it should not restrict your neighbours light, and if it is too close to your house it could cause you certain restrictions with making alterations to your property, such as extensions.

Within reason there are no restrictions on size other than common sense and this would also apply to noise!
Reply:it depends on how close it is to your boundaries/fences on your property. for example..if you want one the full width of your would need planning it could be classed as a living accomodation. its very tricky ground at times!

ours is 8 x 6 %26amp; we didnt need planning permission. you have to check with your local planning department if its going to be much bigger than a standard-ish size.
Reply:Ask your local council building inspectors, they will give you a definite answer. As I recall, you can cover up to 50% of your garden with a shed/sheds if you want, but there IS a maximum size, over which you will strictly speaking need at least building regulation approval. (but of course many of us disregarded that, and just chanced a neighbour didn't complain :-)
Reply:Always draw a plan and take it to the building department in your city. All cities are different and it would be a bummer to have to tear down or relocate your hard work. Show distances from adjacent properties and length, width, and height of structure.
Reply:Build it as tall as you like, but remember to line the interior with velcro walls and wear velcro slippers at all times.
Reply:Garden sheds tend to be termed non permanent structures and hence normally do not require planning permission. I would still contact your local planning office and have a word with your neighbours before going ahead.
Reply:i don't believe there is much restriction on size but i do know it cant be more than 50%of garden ..not many people go that big ..but there is a height restriction of3 metres
Reply:You should check with your local planning office. You may be able to do it by phone. If not, then go to the office. Make sure before you build it.
Reply:no u dont need planning as long as its not built out of brick if just timber its ok

my next door nieghbour as just put up a 15ft long shed

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How can I move my garden shed across my lawn without dismatling the shed or ruining my lawn?

It measures approximately 6' x 4' and is very heavy. I have a walled garden with the only access through the house so I can't bring any motorised equipment into the garden. My lawn is well established and 100' long and I want to move the shed to the far end of the garden with minimal damage to the lawn.

How can I move my garden shed across my lawn without dismatling the shed or ruining my lawn?
We moved ours quite simply and did not have to buy fence posts or anything. First we emptied it out, then I had 3 friends come around and we lifted the shed one end at a time and slid ropes underneath. Then the four of us just grabbed hold of an end of rope each, lifted together and walked across the garden. This was a 8ft x 6ft shed and it took longer to empty it out than to move it. Make sure you have the final laydown area ready beforehand as you do not want to have to do it twice.
Reply:With no offense meant to any who answered so far, it seems some didn't really get it, that you don't want to damage anything, and you may not have room for any mechanical devices.

The BBQ idea is a good one however, and need not be a lift and carry, but 6 x 4 is small.

One thing or more, I suggest as others have, is to ROLL it. Certainly that can be accomplished with 4 inch PVC, or Round fence posts, and you might consider what you might use the rollers for anyway, after.

The issue is still in the 100 ft. and the job will be tedious, and should have helpers, but if You have any knowledge of history, you'll know that the ancients used rollers often to move things far heavier than your shed.

Anything with wheels would be difficult, as would the dragging, cable tying, or anything that was mechancial like a pallet jack.

I'd bite the bullet for beer and burgers, 4 to 6 buddies, a few dollars for whatever roller choice you make, and enjoy the experience.

Steven Wolf

Just my two "sense"
Reply:Here's the way I did it...first, the shed needs to set on skids...smooth timbers of some sort, I used lawn timbers I bought at Lowe's. Then you need a sufficient amount of steel aircraft cable, strong enough to drag the shed. Then you need a "come-along", or fence stretcher. This is a lever device with a reel that takes up slowly...actually any winch with sufficient pulling power will work. Winch the shed across the lawn on a morning when there's been a heavy dew, making the grass slippery. For added slickness, you could position the shed on some large sheets of vinyl plastic...this would keep the timbers from digging into the turf...
Reply:I had a 2 minibarns moved. First one: First we jacked it up and put it on blocks. Then we backed a trailer under it and moved it across the yard. Then we placed it back on the blocks. Second One. We actually moved it across town. But it was a few years ago. I called an excavator. He used one of his heavy equipment tractors, I think a backhoe with forks and just raised it up and carried it down the road. Both jobs were done with no damage to the buildings.

Good Luck.
Reply:lay 2 scaffold planks reoccurring in line with the outer edges of the shed rest 2 scaffold poles as to roll on top of the planks, jack up the shed at the end and slide onto poles and roll to the desired position, you will need a few helping hands to stabilise whilst moving. Make sure the planks end prior to reaching the position just roll onto unless you want to use the planks as timber grounds for the shed.
Reply:I would suggest using a pallet truck. Don't worry, its not actually a truck. you might see them being used in you local supermarket for hauling loads on a pallet. It might be wise to put some plywood sheets on the lawn though so it wont sink and it will run on them a lot easier than grass. if you cant borrow one you can rent them from most hire shops, ie: HSS etc. You will also need more than two people to keep it steady as you pull it. Best of luck.
Reply:A 6' x 4' wooden shed could easily be taken apart and re-assembled in a day by two people, you will need new felt for the roof and you will possibly need new bolts that hold the walls together, the individual pieces will be light enough to carry to the new location.
Reply:Raise it with a couple of heavy duty jacks and put it on rollers. Round fence posts approx. 6" in diameter will do. Roll it across the lawn which should incur minimal damage. I had an 8' x 8' shed moved like this and it worked like a charm.
Reply:if you call a company that specialises in rigging and moving, they could do it with pullies and a large A frame, but the cost would probably out weigh taking it down, but good luck
Reply:Scaffolding boards on the lawn,

round fence posts below shed,

something to lift to allow rollers

to be pushed under, similar to

moving heavy stones, like they

did for Stonehenge.
Reply:Have a shed carrying bbq and invite all your strong friends to carry it across your lawn.
Reply:Put it on rollers. Easy
Reply:its impossible

How to fix rotting Wooden Garden Shed?

I have one of those premade wooden Garden Sheds that people buy pre-constructed and move into their yard. Mine is the type that looks like a mini barn, with barn-style doors and gambrel roof. The side panels are made of partcleboard and they have begun to rot and disintegrate from the bottom (ground) up. The previous owners probably should've put the shed on something, but it sits right on the ground. If I can repair the shed, I will probably have a concrete foundation poured for it. I need to know if anyone's ever tried to repair / rebuild one of these sheds and how hard it is and whether it's worth it? New ones cost a few thousand dollars and I can't afford to replace, but since the frame and roof are in such good shape, I'd really like to repair before it gets worse. Do you have any suggestions on how to do this? Books? Website sources?

Thanks for your help!

How to fix rotting Wooden Garden Shed?
It sounds like you just need to replace the siding used on the shed. Probably just attached with nails, remove old siding and replace with a new piece.

SO : Garden Sheds. Anyone got any good ideas for an interesting paint job?

Fancy some airbrush art on ours I think....

SO : Garden Sheds. Anyone got any good ideas for an interesting paint job?
Why not ?

seen the Aussie book 'Blokes and sheds'?

A good read.
Reply:Airbrush opens up a wide world of possibilities but the scale may be a little small for a shed if you are not carefull. I would lay out a pencil outline of what you are looking for, put some color in it and walk back say, 50 feet and see how the proportions look and how the colors work with the surroundings. Paint the whole area to be air brushed white to make the colors more vivid if that is what you are looking for. You might go so far as to apply MDF overlay plywood, at it is very smooth, what sign painters use.

As for a theme, this is very hard to recommend to someone else as everyone is different but as you are in a garden, a jungle theme with many bright flowers as in tropical orchids, animals, greenery, etc. comes to mind.

Cheap Garden Sheds Anyone?

Does anybody know where I can get a wooden garden shed for less than £100 from? It doesnt have to be big maybe a metre by two metre, cheers x

Cheap Garden Sheds Anyone?
Ask on freecycle which is listed on yahoo site. It's a board for local people to post their surplus items. You can also ask for items - might get one for nothing. Yesterday someone got a frig freezer and microwave he asked for the day before on our board.
Reply:look on eBay
Reply:Why not make your own all you need is some posts and fence panels odd bits of wood and felt for the roof four fence panels for 10 each four posts 4pound each some feather edge wood for the roof 3pound a pack and felt about 15 pound then some timber and hinges for a door and some paint and you have a six foot by 6 shed the only hard bit is the door
Reply:Try getting plans to build your own from your local hardware store.
Reply:Lowe's Or just make one out of wood (be sure to weather proof it ! )
Reply:They have one in B %26amp; Q for £99, but it looks like its made of cardboard and I wouldnt try fixing a shelf up in it. We were going to get it, but decided it was just too feeble.
Reply:Buy the wood panels and do it yourself. My husband did it that way and our shed is 29 years old now. You do better with proper footings though, we used the base of an old greenhouse.

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Garden sheds??where to buy?

where can I get a standard garden shed for a really good price?? The cheapest one we have seen is £235! we don't even want to pay that!

Garden sheds??where to buy?
with sheds you tend to get exactly what you pay for,

b and q 6ft by 4ft sheds start at £100, they are good for the price but nothing special, this is probaly the cheapest you will find
Reply:Why don't you build your own?
Reply:Try argos, or B %26amp; Q.
Reply:A shed shop shud b good.

B and Q?

Where can I find plans for timber frame garden sheds, or books on the subject?

In the book section at Lowes, you will find a Sunset book full of them. It includes materials lists, plans and instructions, too. We used it to design and build ours and found it one of the best resources we could find when we were researching how we could build a nice garden shed.

Where can I find plans for timber frame garden sheds, or books on the subject?
I would look at first. Then, the sister channel is very resourceful too. Good luck!
Reply:Go to and check the project center for ideas.

What are the little huts next to the railways in Germany called. They look like garden sheds?

When travelling on the train recently I noticed little clusters of these huts and wondered what they were called.

What are the little huts next to the railways in Germany called. They look like garden sheds?
They are called schrebergarten

Here is a very interesting article on them from a reputable german magazine:

Germany's Garden Ghettos

Germans are wild about gardening. So wild, in fact, that they rent out little plots on the edge of cities so they can dig around in the dirt on weekends. Welcome to the small world of the Schrebergarten.


A man, his garden gnome and a 9-page-thick law dictating just how his garden should be kept.

You're zipping along in an ICE high-speed train heading from one World Cup host city to the next, munching happily away on your fat-drenched mini-sausages fresh out of the dining car microwave. Just as you're wiping the last blob of mustard from the corner of your mouth, a garbled announcement indicating an approaching stop warbles through the loudspeaker. A lazy glance out the window, though, comes as a shock. Rather than the well-ordered suburbs or well-kept factories you have come to expect, the image is more that of a luxury version of a South Asian slum -- miniature houses tucked in next to the train tracks as far as the eye can see.

It's a sight that greets visitors on the approach to almost every city in Germany -- and the tiny little structures are not, of course, slums. A second glance reveals that, beyond the clutter of ladders and rakes leaning against the back of the structures, neatly ordered flowerbeds, well-tended fruit trees and picture-perfect picket fences are lined up like regiments of tin soldiers. The phenomenon is known as a Schrebergarten -- an area outside the city where the gardening-obsessed Germans can rent out a small plot and plunge their fingers into the soil.

But while getting back to nature is an instinct many of us indulge in, the German gardener takes it very seriously indeed. Flawlessly clipped lawns, neatly sculpted bushes, and flowerbeds entirely free of even the tiniest weed are the norm with many gardens revealing a feng shui exactness that would put a Japanese bonsai master to shame. Other vegetation virtuosos prefer a more playful perfection and opt for a liberal distribution of garden gnomes and plastic windmills with cheap replicas of Greek fountains and other water features a must for those with a bit of cash to burn.

What looks like a slice of outdoor freedom -- or free-form nature kitsch -- though, is actually far from it. In 1983, the German government passed the Bundeskleingartengesetz ("Federal Small Garden Law"), which regulates just how big a small garden is allowed to be and includes nine further pages describing, in German legaleze, every other aspect of what the "Schreber-gardener" is faced with. In addition, each colony has a formal leadership structure and a book of rules that regulates everything from the exact dimensions, color and style of the shack to when one is allowed to mow the lawn or use other noisy gardening machinery. Unkempt gardens are also frowned upon.

The Schrebergarten phenomenon is not a new one. Dr. Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber, a 19th century naturopath, wanted to create more athletic fields for the children in his home city of Leipzig. He died in 1861 before the plan could be realized, but his son-in-law got the ball rolling in 1864 and before long, small vegetable plots were planted in the fields as well to teach the children the basics of gardening. The idea quickly took off. But it was during World War I and World War II that the gardens rapidly rose in importance as sources of otherwise hard-to-get fresh fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, after World War II ended, a lack of housing across the country resulted in the common practice of erecting small structures on the plots so that families could find shelter.

The result today are thousands of garden colonies on the outskirts of big cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that look more like miniature housing developments than peaceful nature retreats. For the most part, the colonies are no longer residential, but in the summertime, they are packed with families enjoying the sunshine, crammed onto their tiny plots grilling, eating and relaxing. A perfectly idyllic scene on the shores of Walden Pond -- at least until the next ICE rockets by.

Another one here:

Germans are famous for their love of "die Natur" -- the great outdoors. Sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to have the Black Forest or the Bavarian Alps on their doorstep, but in the mid-19th century, Dr Daniel Schreber from Leipzig came up with the next best thing -- the urban allotment. These became known, in his honor, as "Schrebergarten" and garden colonies are now an integral feature of the German urban experience. Ranging from lush to threadbare, these touching testimonies to a nation's need for alfresco life are microcosms of German society, characterized largely by a strict adherence to certain rules that seems strangely at odds with the underlying principle -- escape from the stresses and strains of city life. Traditionally populated by green-fingered senior citizens, "Schrebergarten" are now becoming increasingly popular with a younger generation of urbanites looking to get in touch with their inner agriculturalist. Admittedly, allotments tend to be more about garden gnomes than untrammeled nature -- but either way, the country's cities would be far duller without them.
Reply:Gas Ovens
Reply:they are Garten Platz
Reply:If they are the gardens mentionned before, they are called 'Scherbergärten'
Reply:do they have garden plots around them? if so, they're probably group gardens. Gardening is a passion in places like Germany so when people live in apartments and have no yards, alot of times the apartment complex will have a plot of land where you can take up a small piece to plant what you want. The huts hold the tools and stuff.