FROM TRASH TO TREASURE to garden storage
Upcycle, recycle, repurpose… whatever you call it, turning old household items into clever storage solutions for your garden and potting shed can be easy and inexpensive.
When designing a garden it is easy to get swept away with the things we want and to forget about the things that we need. Every garden will need a place to do jobs such as potting and somewhere to keep your garden tools. Storing tools isn’t just important to prevent clutter and tripping hazards, it also extends the life of your garden equipment. And there are many tools that need a home: large tools (broom, hoe, spade, shovel, rake); small tools (fork, secateurs, trowel); gloves; seeds; bulbs, rhizomes and tubers; seed-sowing and potting-up equipment; fertiliser; sprays and spray equipment; watering equipment; pots and bench space to work upon.
Think outside of the square and integrate storage into your garden utilising old household items. An old cupboard or kitchen cabinet is ideal for storing fertilisers, potting mix and garden tools. Old drawers are useful for storing labels and smaller items, and an old barbecue frame makes an excellent potting-up bench – and if the wheels are still attached it is easy to move around the garden!
Make sure you treat the timber appropriately so it will endure the weather. Some old house paint will do the trick.
Clean and dry your tools after use before putting away. This not only helps prevent certain infections spreading through soil or sap, it also means your storage area will be dry and well organised.
Make sure that tall tools such as spades and rakes are secure. If you leave them leaning against the wall of a cupboard they can fall and cause an injury when you open the door. Cut 10-15cm pieces of old plastic pipes and fix them to a wall. Slot the top of your tool handle inside to keep your tall tools in order. You may need a board at the base to stop them slipping through.
Another quick storage solution?
A stack of old tyres makes the perfect resting place for hardworking tools at the end of a day's work.
Don’t position your storage too far from your main garden as the more convenient it is to put your tools away the less likely you will leave them leaning against the fence post when a day’s work is done or a shower threatens.
In an ideal world, a service area is best paved or at least gravelled. Bark mulch is another option that is soft underfoot and easy both to maintain and to install.
A garden shed might start to be a luxury as sections shrink so you may need to think outside of the square and integrate storage into your garden design. Old cupboards, cabinets and crates are great solutions.