We've been hearing from quite a few "new" gardeners about how sad they are that winter is approaching and the growing seasons are coming to an end.
We say: even if you're in a cold-weather climate and don't plan to greenhouse or build a cold frame to continue growing, there are plenty of garden projects to keep you warm (and inspired!) this winter.
One fall/winter project I tend to knock out throughout my house is the cleaning out and reorganizing of storage spaces. Closets tend to be the first order of the day around here, but the tool shed can usually use a good overhaul by season's end.
It can be daunting, though. Here are some easy steps to take to organize your shed and be all set for spring 2017.
Even with proper care, if you've had that trowel since your grandmother gifted it to you, it may be time to retire it and preserve it as a cherished wall hanging. We HATE to throw away tools, particularly if they have sentimental value, so if they do, keep them and refurbish them as decor, or if they're still useful but you've upgraded, pass them along to someone who needs them. You'll free up more space than you think.
Shelves are the perfect solution for any storage space. Install some in your shed, or add them if your shed doesn't have any yet.
Nails can be great space-savers and organizers, too. Install nails or hooks and hang your tools, making use of wall space.
You'll find it much handier to retrieve your mulch/compost if it's been protected through the winter, so with the space you've created on your shed floor, bag and store your mulch.
Now's the time to paint or side your tool shed like you wanted to do all summer (but were way to busy weeding, pruning, harvesting and canning). Make those special touches so you can enjoy your shed for years to come.
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