A Garden Shed For Gardeners

I am a recent devotee of gardening.  Although I grew up surrounded by gardens I never really noticed them. Once a became a serious gardener, I needed a gardening garden shed more than anything.

I put a lot of thought into creating the perfect garden shed.  It took over one year of planning but I think I got it perfect.  I have a potting table on the outside wall at the back of the shed. This is the dirty area and I want to keep it hidden. I have a water connection and a sink and a large 36 inch tall table top. Beneath the table I have stainless steel shelving that that hold bags of potting soil, empty pots, blood meal, bone meal, etc. On hook above the table top I have small hand shovels and two different types of clippers.  The roof at the back over hangs by 24 inches so I am protected from drizzles as is my work space.  This is the utilitarian part of my gardening shed.

The interior of the shed is cleaner and very inviting. I use the large counter tops to hold mini-green houses and other specimens that I am trying to propagate. Anything that is new or fragile spends a week or two in front of the window of the garden shed basking in the sunlight but protected from the wind and other elements.

I have washed the interior walls with a light sage green wash.  The colour was slightly too light after the first coat but after a few coats it was perfect.

I have a variety of different shelving systems and storage containers in my garden shed. Gardening can be a bit of a dirty business so I find that I’m drawn to plastic storage systems. These are easy to clean with a damp cloth are are very durable.   I have a bank of drawers that I use to store my seeds. I believe this storage unit was originally designed to store screws or nails but is perfect for storing seeds. In fact, I likely saved money by buying a system designed for a work shop. Items that are specially designed for gardeners tend to be pricey.  I have larger shelving systems to store things such as my bulb planter and sprinklers.  My collection of galvanized steel watering cans are kept below the counter as are my plaid rubber boats.  I keep an old fleece sweater on a hook on the back of the door.

I also have a comfy lawn chair and foot stool where I can sit and read my new gardening magazines and gardening reference books.  I also have a radio to keep me company while I pot. or transplant.  I love every aspect of my gardeners garden shed and spend as much time as possible putzing around in it.

The outside of my shed is a board and batten shed design with an offset roof line.   The the 18 inches between roof lines I installed an old farm house paned window.  This window acts like a sky light and I rarely need additional light in my garden shed.  The entire look is very whimsical. I wanted my shed to look like it could be found in a fairy dell and inhabited by a garden gnome family. I have two large paned windows that play host to overflowing window boxes. I change the flowers in the window boxes every year from some seeds I have started in the spring.

In planning my garden shed, I knew that I wanted to create a special space just for me.  Although others in my family are permitted entry they all know that it is my special spot.  I love to bring out my coffee first thing in the morning to inspect any recent growth or to have a few quiet moments with a new gardening magazine.  It took a long time to plan this shed by I know it was worthwhile.  I have the perfect gardening garden shed.