What gardener doesn’t dream of having a garden shed? Whether it is a simple place to store gardening tools and supplies or a peaceful retreat where you can pass your afternoons elbow-deep in potting soil, there is a right garden shed for every gardener.

Before you rush out and order what you think will be the best garden shed for you, take some time to consider your current and future needs. Start by making a list of all the things you want to store in your shed and what jobs you want to be able to do there. After you have your list you will have a better idea what size of shed you need. Remember to leave yourself some room to grow. Consider not only the square footage inside your shed, but the size of the door or opening. It would be terrible to finish construction on your new shed just to realize that your wheelbarrow won’t fit through the door!

Garden sheds can be relatively inexpensive or quite extravagant. You can purchase pre-assembled tool storage units that resemble armoires for your garden, or go a more expensive and spacious route by purchasing a do-it-yourself shed construction kit (that can also be assembled by a professional from a home-improvement store). Or why not go all out and hire a contractor to build you the custom garden shed of your dreams, complete with running water and electricity?

Where Should You Place Your Shed

After you know what type of shed you want, consider where to place it. Do you want it to be the center of attention in your yard, or would you like it to blend in with the landscape? Most garden sheds are not temperature controlled, so it will be to your advantage to put your shed in an area of your yard that is shaded in the heat of the day. Having at least one window is important for ventilation and will help to keep your shed cool, which should definitely be taken into consideration if you plan to keep seedlings or bulbs in your shed.

Be mindful that the exterior of your garden shed matches or at least compliments the design of your home. To achieve this you can use matching paint or vinyl siding colors, and also try to mimic your home’s architectural elements. Another way to make your shed feels like a natural part of your yard is to landscaped around it, just like you would around your home. Flower beds and window boxes are a nice touch. Before you begin building your garden shed, remember to check local zoning and permit requirements and also check with your homeowner’s association.

The interior of your shed is probably the most important part because it is where you will be spending your time. Organization in your shed is critical. Make sure you have room to move around, especially if you plan to put a potting bench in your shed. You want to enjoy the time spent splitting bulbs and transplanting perennials, not spend that time wishing you had more elbow room.

Organizing Your Tools

It is best to store large item like lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, and tillers at the back of your shed so you don’t have to navigate around them, but make sure you leave yourself a path to get them in and out easily. Keep the things you use the most in easy reach, and put things that you use less often on high selves or in storage under the counter. A peg board works well to take advantage of the vertical space in your shed, and is a great place to store smaller tools like trowels and hand rakes. A hanging rack will keep your shovels, rakes, and broom out of your way but within easy reach. It is a good idea to have a lockable storage area for things like pesticides, gasoline, and sharp instruments, because your [garden shed]will probably be an attractive destination for children and pets.

Whether your ideal garden shed turns out to be a small resting place for spare pots, or a miniaturized version of your home complete with running water and French doors, pre-planning and careful consideration of your needs will ensure that you enjoy the time you spend in it just as much as the time you spend in the garden itself.

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If you have decided that a greenhouse is something you will need to ensure the survival of your outdoor plants over the winter months, then you will need certain essential greenhouse supplies as well. As portable and small efficient greenhouses are becoming more popular, more novice gardeners are able to set up their own greenhouses to keep certain outdoor plants from dying over the cold winter months. Unfortunately, along with the luxury of greenhouse gardening is the need for extra essential greenhouse supplies to make sure these plants will actually survive once inside the greenhouse.

Ventilation

The beauty of plants and flowers is that they are living, breathing plants that take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the environment. The downfall of this is that while they are housed in a greenhouse, they will need a way to breath in order to survive the winter months indoors. Unfortunately, many small greenhouses will not come equipped with proper ventilation systems, so either natural or power generated ventilation systems need to be installed. Natural systems simply be ridge or side vents installed in the greenhouse, while power generated systems are similar to a humidifier used in a home.

Grow Lights

Depending on the climate zone in which you will use a greenhouse, grow lights may be a necessity in the cold winter months. Grow lights are essential greenhouse supplies for almost every greenhouse simply because even the sunniest greenhouses will have shady spots that aren’t receiving adequate sunlight. Most grow lights are overhanging or even freestanding, looking similar to a tall lamp, and need electricity to run, which means running electricity into the greenhouse for a portion of the coldest winter months. This can be as simple as using an extension cord if the greenhouse is close enough to the house.

Heater

Essential [greenhouse]supplies such as a heater will depend on the climate zone and the type of plants that are being kept warm. Most coldframe greenhouses, those without the assistance of a heater, will only keep plants approximately 5-10 degrees above the outside temperature. Since most plants that are housed inside will need to remain at least 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit, if the temperature in your region drops below freezing, a heater is an essential greenhouse supply. While purchasing a separate space heater will work in keeping the temperature above 40-50 degrees, many gardeners also make a connection from their home heaters through tubing that would be similar to ventilation tubes in the home. Of course this will only work if the greenhouse is close enough to the home for such a tube.

Watering System

If you only have a few plants set up in a small greenhouse, then the easiest watering system will be manually watering the plants every few days. Of course if you have several greenhouse plants, then one of many essential greenhouse supplies will be investing in a misting system or a drip irrigation system that can automatically supply water to your greenhouse plants throughout the winter. Drip irrigation and misting systems work best because they give plants a gradual drink of water without soaking them. Because the heat and humidity levels are different in greenhouses, long slow drinks of water usually work better than a little bit every few days.

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