When I bought my own home, one of the things I was most excited about was having a garden. After years spent living in a flat, I was excited to get to work on it right away, which meant going on the hunt for new tools and sheds.
However, I was a little concerned that, as my garden is more akin to a yard and space is certainly at a premium, I wouldn’t have room for a shed. Of course, I could have just not bothered but I think that if you’re a keen gardener, a shed is absolutely essential. Here’s why:
It keeps things safe
Gardening equipment doesn’t come cheap and unfortunately it’s something that can be targeted by thieves. Indeed, newspapers often report stories of items like lawnmowers or even basic garden tools going missing from outside people’s homes when they have been left out.
Even on my street, neighbours have had their bikes stolen from out of their yards. Part of the problem is things being left in plain sight, which is like a red flag to a bull when it comes to burglars. However, if your belongings are stored out of sight, there is less chance of them being stolen as a would-be thief won’t actually know they exist.
Keep your garden tidy
Security is not the only reason it’s important to have storage in the garden, as it also helps you keep your outdoor space tidy. It doesn’t matter how many beautiful blooms you plant, your yard won’t look its best if it’s littered with tools, sacks of compost and flower pots.
A shed helps you to keep things in order and gives you somewhere to tidy away your equipment at the end of the day. You can make it easier to find everything by putting up shelves and hanging hooks in the building, where you can store your equipment according to how frequently you use it, so you don’t waste precious gardening time looking for something.
Remember, putting your utensils away is also important as it means they will last longer. No one wants to use a garden fork with a handle that has cracked in the cold, or secateurs with rusty blades.
Use it as a potting shed
Sheds aren’t only useful for storage but also provide you with a place to work when the weather is poor. On a windy and rainy day, doing garden chores probably feels a lot less appealing.
However, if you have a potting shed you can work in, you’ll be able to put your green fingers to good use whenever the mood takes you. Come rain or shine, you can plant seedlings, cultivate cuttings and transfer established plants to larger pots. During the winter, your shed is also the ideal place to put some of your more sensitive plants when the weather is particularly bad.
These are three of the reasons I think a shed is so important. Which brings me to what I purchased for my own garden. I invested in a large plastic storage chest that was the perfect size for my small yard and where I could put all my gardening equipment so it would be tidy and out of sight. Of course, I don’t have room to do any gardening in it but there is space for me to place some of my less hardy plants in it during the winter.
I think it’s a shed, but what do you believe is the most essential purchase for the garden?