Sim­ple & cheap STOR­AGE IDEAS

Gardening Australia - - STORAGE -

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.

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