You might not believe it, but you were born with a green thumb. It may have gone untended for a while, but it's there waiting for you to nudge it awake. Put away your theory of being a plant killer, that anything dies under your care. Forget those nagging thoughts of where your garden will live or when you'll find the time, it's there somewhere. It doesn't have to cost a fortune and you'll get more than you give. So, here are 10 tips for conquering your fear of gardening:See More
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Get stylish, low-budget ideas to keeping your garden shed organized.
Stock up on cast-off farm finds to make organizing your garden shed not only easy -- but ridiculously stylish. Here are a few fun ideas to making your gardening chores so much easier.
Pretty seed packets take the place of the chicken grain that once filled this galvanized chick feeder. Hung below the shed window and right above the potting bench, the feeder keeps easily misplaced seed packets, catalogs, markers, and reference books in plain view and within easy reach.
An old washtub, complete with a lid, is a perfect potting soil storage bin. Its large size accommodates several bags of potting soil. When you're not using the soil, put the lid on the tub and use it as work space.
Keep track of what needs to be planted each month with this simple ribbon organizer. Each ribbon represents a different month. Use clothespins to attach the packets of seed that need to be planted each month. This pretty visual reminder is especially helpful for prompting when it's time to plant late-season or cool-season crops.
Give an old desk new life and purpose as a potting bench in your garden shed. Just the right height for planting containers, the bench has a convenient shelf underneath its work surface. use a power washer to blast off any grime to create a character-rich potting bench with decades of life left in it.
Festively stained apple baskets are just the right size for holding cocoa shell mulch and birdseed underneath the potting bench. These baskets cost just pennies at a flea market but any sort of basket or bin would do.
A vintage milk bottle carrier holds seed-starting supplies. A trio of blue canning jars holds row makers, felt-tip pens, and clippers. Peat pots, fertilizer, and hand tools also have a place in the carrier. Designed for grab-and-go trips to the garden or potting bench, the carrier keeps everything easily portable.
An old cream can keeps unwieldy garden stakes neat and tidy. The sturdy can holds garden stakes when they're not on duty coaxing tomatoes to grow vertically or reining in a wayward bunch of prairie coneflowers.
This tool board saves countless minutes searching for misplaced tools. As long as gear is put away at the end of the day, you can easily find it in on the tool board. Constructed from the leftover rough-hewn cedar remnants that were used to construct the shed, the tool board can easily be customized to hold as many tools as needed.
Cast-off tines of a cultivator, once used to dislodge weeds, are perfect perches for a host of bird treats. Oranges, apples, and a mesh bag filled with sour cherries beckon birds to the garden. When the season for fresh fruit passes, dangle suet cakes and protien-packed pinecones from the curved tines.
You really can't have too many shelves. This versatile shelf/chalkboard is attached to the wall with hinges and supported by small corbels on hinges, allowing the slate surface to be folded down when not in use.