Simple & cheap STORAGE IDEAS
Rubbish bins with lids Invest in several plastic or metal bins to store your potting mix, chook food, garden fertilisers and other bulky items. Keep them out of the way by storing them under a bench.
Large buckets Deep, straight-sided buckets that once held fertiliser, along with flexible trugs, make great storage. Carry and stow tools in them, but keep empty ones too, so you can fill them with weeds or prunings as you work.
Clear storage boxes These can be used for garden chemicals or other material that needs to be kept dry and secure. If the box is clear, you can see into it and quickly find what you need.
DIY wall mounts Don’t want to invest in off-the-rack wall-mounted storage? Cut and mount rigid plastic pipes on the wall to hold tools vertically. Put one at the base and one near the neck of the tool, and store handle down. Space them wider than your widest tool, and check how high you can lift the tool to find the right position for the upper support.
Pallets Old pallets can be turned into instant wall storage. Mount them against a wall then slot in long-handled tools.
Crates Mount timber or plastic crates on the wall, or stack them to hold light but bulky items, such as recycled pots.
Rake hook The tynes of an old rake head mounted on the wall can transform into a rustic hanger that can be used to suspend small tools.
Hose storage My hose is always out in my garden, but in small spaces it’s safer to put the hose away after use.
Use a hose reel, loop it over a broad hook, or coil it up to stow in a hiding place under a planter or bench.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Reuse old drawers for storage; keep small items in labelled containers; group tools in buckets; mount hooks on your shed’s wall; the ideal micro-shed – room to store and work; bins are perfect for bulky material.