Potting Shed – No More Tiresome Trips From the House!


Landscaping is one of the most important elements of a residential property and having all the tools handy makes it easier to keep the growing things looking good. A potting shed is the perfect place to store all the tools, pots, and other gardening supplies rather than storing them haphazardly in the utility room or basement and a convenient place for starting seeds and potting plants.

A potting shed doesn’t have to be big but it should be big enough to hold what’s going to be stored there. Think lawnmower and wheel barrow, garden cart, or wagon. Shovels, rakes, hoes, edgers, weed eaters, hose, and all that other big and little stuff that’s essential to gardening should also be stored in the potting shed. The size of the shed can be as big or small as you want it to be or it may be determined by the size of your lot. Mark off an area in the yard with stakes to get an idea of size and put the mower and other big items that will need to be stored inside the area to see if everything will fit with space left for a potting area.

When choosing a location for the potting shed consider where you’ll be doing most of your gardening and place the shed for convenience. How far will you need to haul bags of soil and fertilizer? The back corner of the yard may seem like the best spot for the shed but is it the most functional for you? Good light and a water source are definite necessities. Consider also whether you need electricity, a sink, if the area is dry and free from standing water, and if the shed should blend into the landscape or stand out as a focal point?

The structure itself can be as elaborate or as simple as your desire or budget allows. New sheds can be built from kits designed for do-it-yourselfers. An old shed, chicken coop, or playhouse can easily be converted into a potting shed with the addition of shelves, a work surface, and a little imagination. Even a small space such as an outdoor alcove or lean-to can be fitted with shelves to hold potting supplies. Found materials have been used to make unique and stunning sheds. Use vintage windows to form the roof or a wall to allow for maximum light. The floor, preferably with a drain, can be concrete wood, brick, stepping stones, or another material of your choice as long as it’s not slippery when wet. If the mower is stored in the potting shed double doors may be necessary to allow access.

Walls in the shed can hold tools by adding shelves, peg board, and hooks to conserve space and keep things organized. A no longer used desk, bookcase, dresser, or chest of drawers can hold gardening books, pots, saucers, seeds, and other supplies. Store bags of soil, mulch, fertilizer, and other heavy supplies in wheeled bins that can be easily moved to where they’re needed. Wheeled pet food storage containers or rolling plant stands will work for these heavy supplies.

Work benches need to be roomy for potting plants and at a comfortable height for standing or sitting. That unused desk could come in handy here, as would a sturdy old table. Stack wooden or plastic crates to create custom storage to fit your needs and the configuration of your space. This is a good way to recycle any milk or wine crates you might have laying around.

Extras are nice to have and should fit your needs and personality. Add window boxes, a trellis for climbing roses or wisteria, or a rocker to just sit and relax after a day of gardening. Your potting shed can be a place of work and a spot to sit in quiet contemplation.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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