17 Cottage-Fresh Storage Ideas
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.
These old seed jars were part of a box of miscellaneous items purchased at a farm sale. Still bearing their original handwritten labels, they make great storage containers for seeds or anything else that needs a home, including plant tags, birdseed, and clothespins.
Here Chick, Chick
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.
Awash in Good Potting Soil
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.
From Desk to Potting Bench
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.
Harvest More Storage Space
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.
A rustic green shutter becomes an instant shelf when mounted on a pair of $2 brackets found at a home improvement store. You can't have too many shelves in a garden shed, so make use of the lofty space above the window.
Keep your favorite garden reference books right inside the shed in a nifty bookcase. Protected from dust and debris by a pair of eight-pane windows that serve as doors, the books are arranged on three deep shelves. A piece of crown molding finishes the bookcase in style.
Stand-Up Garden Stakes
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.
No Lock Required
The see-through nature of locker baskets makes them excellent storage vessels. At a glance, you can find your gloves, table linens, and any other necessities. For simplicity, store like items together in each basket. For example, you'll find only a collection of garden gloves in my glove basket.
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.
Treats for Tweets
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.
Basket of Essentials
A simple wicker basket suspended from one of the shed doors is a receptacle for frequently used small garden gear, such as shears, trowels, garden gloves, twine, and a favorite bird book make for easy-access when collected at the door.
Floral Hang Ups
Reclaimed wood trim and cast-iron curtain tiebacks come together to create handy hooks for a hat and apron.
The More the Merrier
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.
Chalk It Up
Keep track of garden chores on a slate surface like as this one, purchased at an auction and surrounded with 1-1/2 inch-wide trim. A thin coat of green paint gives a splash of color. The frame is deep enough to store the chalk.