I'm looking forward to the time, hopefully quite soon, when I can get into the garden shed and start to organize it. Over the years the overflow from the garage has slowly found it's way into the shed, let me say something here that might explain why this is a problem. The garage is PH's domain, the garden shed is mine!
While space is found for an ever increasing array of power tools in the garage, there is never room for winter tires and golf clubs etc.and they find their way into MY shed! This is about to change. In keeping with my philosophy that less is more I shall begin by emptying everything out of the shed. A few years ago I had admired a potting table/shelf in a garden catalogue, it was quite expensive and I hesitated to buy it. PH said he could build one for me and he did. (The one above isn't mine, but clicking on the link below the photo will take you to the plans.) Mine is made of sturdy wood it has a shelf below the table for bags of soil, compost and spare pots and a shelf on top at the rear for sundries etc. It cost a fraction of the one in the catalogue and I don't know what I did before I got it. I have an assortment of garden tools that have been collected over the years, and some have seen better days. Some are duplicated, I have several trowels and hand forks. I have three secateurs, but only one pair works. I need to find that one, clean and oil it and dispose of the others.
My favourite TV gardener is Alan Tirchmarsh (link on side panel), he is a great guy and an excellent author as well as gardener. On one of his shows a year or two ago he gave an example of the basic tools you will use to garden. While other things will no doubt be added to this list as you progress I found it to be an excellent guide. As near as I can recall the list was ~
- Watering can
- Long handled pruners
- Hand fork and trowel
- Lawn rake
- Rake (for levelling soil and preparing seed beds)
- Hedge clippers
These tools will get you going, and later on you might wish to add a wheel barrow. While we use a gas mower I do prefer non power tools in the garden and found out the hard way that all the TV ads for 'gadgets' that make light work of gardening are useless and expensive. Buy the best quality tools you can afford and wipe them off after use and put them away dry, they will last for years. The best way to store them is to hang them on hooks on the shed wall. Since I have limited space, I store mine in a square garbage pail (bought for this purpose) with the heads up, so I can see at a glance what I need. I hope to make Mondays a 'Gardening post' day, and while I'm no expert, I am keen and would appreciate any hints or comments to help me do better.