You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
Although happening during leisure time, the sheds are workplaces where individual and community projects are undertaken in the company of like minded people with whom you can swap skills and knowledge.
Sheds are located in towns throughout the country. But it's best not to think of it as a building, people are its lifeblood who you'll find engaged in many different practical activities.
Some have reached a crossroads in the lives such as retirement and the shed is an opportunity for social engagement, changing focus and using time constructively.
They might have skills they want to keep alive and can pass on, while others are only too willing to learn, keeping their mind and body active.
Many of the activities are aimed at giving something back to the community or helping good causes, and usually involve making and mending, particularly in wood.
You'll also find metalworking, welding, milling with some electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. Reuse, reclamation and restoration are featured strongly, and someone quipped that this applied to the men as well.
Projects can involve anything from repairing a bike, renovating a boat to building a car. You decide what to work on and at your own pace, with the advantage of sharing tools and expertise with others.
Other activities are directed more at the arts with music, painting, cooking and other creative pursuits, the atmosphere is very relaxed and mutually encouraging.
It's true that 'sheddies' are mostly men of a certain age with time on their hands but there are now over 250 men's sheds with a huge range of people including some women and younger people.
If you're interested in joining or even setting up a new shed, all the information you require can be found at the UK Men's Shed Association website.
New products are the lifeblood of many industries and it’s no different in the gardening sector and most of us above a certain age will know the Rubbermaid brand well, particularly if you have ever been in the cleaning industry.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show at the NEC in Birmingham. David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event to catch up on the news, visit current/potential suppliers and evaluate new products we would like to offer on GardenSite in the coming year.
I had never heard of Evika Greenhouses but when I walked into our annual Garden & Leisure Exhibition 2019 (GLEE) it was the only product I really saw. A brand new greenhouse brand is always going to get my attention but the sense that this was not only new, but different, kept my focus.
Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.