Love your garden, love your shed

I LOVE a garden shed. I'm not talking about a man shed, or even a woman shed. I'm talking about the creative hub of your productive or ornamental garden.

Chances are, if you are trying to cultivate a green thumb, you've bought various tools or fertilisers that you think might do the job at hand.

But, if you're new to gardening, it can be pretty much hit and miss.

The truth is, even if you're an old gardening hand, sometimes you won't have everything you need to get the most out of your green patch.

With this dilemma in mind, I asked one of our gardening experts, Ballina's Leon Coventry, to give readers some advice on what to stock in their shed.

You might even put a set of shelves in it and some nice hanging brackets - you can get modular shelves that are easy to put together.

If you don't have a shed, and the budget won't stretch that far, a designated outdoor but undercover space will do.

Maybe section it off with a nice bamboo screen or two.

So, what do you store in your shed?

Here are some suggestions that you may find valuable:

  • You will need a set of tools to work your garden and this would comprise a rake, leaf rake, fork and spade. These are the basics. Add a set of smaller tools such as hand trowels, hand fork, secateurs and garden scissors, as well as gloves.
  • A couple of fertilising devices such as a hand pumped pot and hose end container spray would be handy. Even a little hand spray is good for the small jobs. A little measuring cup and a few teaspoons are handy when meting out correct quantities.
  • In this day and age and with so much damage done to our planet with harsh garden (agriculture) chemicals, it is nice if we can stock our shed with eco-friendly products. For your shed there are many eco-friendly sprays and fertilisers available these days, so if you can go this way it would be great.
  • A few soluble fertilisers won't go amiss on your shelves. Be mindful there is a great array of these products when you visit your stockist. There are products designed for flowering, vegies, growth etc, and can be mind boggling. Don't forget to read the packaging for mixing measurements.
  • You could have a couple of small bins in your shed for your bagged organic fertilisers, potting mix and mulch.
  • Keeping some products like dolomite and ag lime and adding them to your garden from time to time will keep things sweet.
  • A shelf could have a variety of pots, plastic or terracotta.

Treat your garden shed with respect as it is a great asset to your garden.

Shed Don'ts

  • Be aware that many garden instruments have sharp ends and don't store them where you will step on the, you will cut your hand or, worse, they will fall on you and do damage. If you hang them on a wall, make sure the bracket is solid.
  • Keep bags of mulch or fertiliser tightly closed too - you don't want rats, or snakes, nestling in there for a feed or to sleep. Making sure doors and walls are airtight is also a good idea.
  • The other thing you don't want in your garden shed is poisons. Even though glyphosate is still widely sold in department stores and gardening centres in Australia, it has been declared a possible carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) by the World Health Organisation. Don't spray with it - find an alternative.

Tune in to Leon and Helen talking about gardening on Paradise FM 101.9 on Sunday mornings.

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