Homemade Garden Shed


| 11/5/2015 9:41:00 AM


Tags: garden shed, garden tools, Cindy Conner, Virginia,

garden shed-front

I have a new homemade garden shed and I love it! I could have had one years ago if I wanted to buy a pre-fab one or put one up made of plywood. If that’s the way to go for you, know that I’m not criticizing that and you have my blessing. It just wasn’t what I wanted. My garden tools and supplies were stored in three places on our property—four if you count the mailbox holding the trowels. I dreamed of one day having everything at my fingertips in the garden in a shed special to me.

My favorite advice for your garden is—ya gotta have a plan! That goes for a garden shed, also. In the chapter Sheds, Fences, and Other Stuff in Grow a Sustainable Diet I wrote of my plan for a shed and everything that would be stored there. Uses included a place to hang strings and bags of produce from the rafters and a small loft. Our daughter was the illustrator for that book and the shed illustration is what she drew from my description. When my husband, the architect and builder for this project, sat down to draw up plans and asked what I wanted, I handed him the book.

Materials

We used wood (oak framing and pine siding) our daughter and son-in-law cut from their property and milled to our specifications with their sawmill. Between the weather and everyone’s schedules, there were many delays, but it was worth the wait. A visit to Home Depot would have been faster, but not nearly as interesting. We bought the metal roofing at Lowes. The panels are ordered to the exact length you need, so measure carefully.

Organization

garden shed-work station back corner

I wanted my garden fork, spade, hoe, and cultivator to hang up in the shed, rather than be jumbled in a corner, resting on the floor. Once hung up, I noticed them more, including their need to be cleaned of soil. That led me to keep a wire brush there to brush off the ends regularly.




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