Potting Shed Design Tips Potting Shed Design Tips

The potting shed is favorite garden building for many. It contains a work place and shelving to hold empty planters and pots, and provides you with shelter from wind and rain. There is one important requirement and that is that you should be sure the shed receives plenty of light. Otherwise, the shed does not require a lot of positioning.

Potting Shed Lighting

Because most potting sheds do not have electrical connections, lighting is very important to your potting shed. It is very important to build the shed in direct sunlight.

Also, instead of using a traditional shingle or metal roof, you may want to consider using clear or opaque plastic or vinyl sheets. The plastic vinyl sheets will let in far more light, and the sheets are often less expensive than other roofing materials. With some creative positioning and planning, your potting shed could double as greenhouse during the winter months.

Potting Shed Shelving

A garden potting shed needs to have plenty of shelving for supplies and materials. For those most part, however, you won't need deep shelves, just numerous ones. One good idea is to cover one end of the potting shed with 8 to 10 shelving planks. Be sure to stack heavier items closer to the floor to reduce hazards.

Provide Plenty of Work Space

A potting shed needs to have at least one permanent table. It may also be a good idea to build 2 or 3 collapsible tables that can be used for temporary projects. Build the tables along one side of the room for those days when you require extra room.

A simple collapsible table is a piece of plywood with two legs and attaches to the wall with hinges, but for a potting shed, make certain that you build strong enough to support the weight you are likely to place on it.

Hanging Plant Racks

Cut 2 pieces of 2 x 4 that can be mounted against joists or rafters. Drill a 1 1/4 inch hole 3 inches up from the bottom of each board. Insert a length of 3/4 inch PVC pipe through the holes.

Material Delivery and Storage

Build a sturdy, triangular shaped bin. Make the bottom and back the same size, and cut sides that run diagonally from the top point on the back to the longest point on the bottom. Cut a hole in the wall of the potting shed that is 1/2 larger than the back of your bin. Connect the bin to the wall with hinges placed at floor level. Attach it to the joint at the bottom, and to the back on the bin. Consider the hinge placement carefully so that the bin can be flipped upside down. The result is a handy compartment that you can load with materials or sifted compost on the outside. Inside the shed, you can flip the bin down, making the materials instantly available inside.

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