Get ready for spring will be a delightful chore when you incorporate these great ideas into your garden potting shed plan. If you have a green thumb or want to acquire one, stick around and dig in the dirt with me. A backyard potting shed is a great way to get a jump on spring. Weather can still be wintry, but if you do a good job in your potting shed, spring can begin much earlier in your garden.
Are you new at the potting game? Let’s start with the potting process…
Potting/Repotting in Your Potting Shed
Potting a plant is simply finding a pot the right size for your plant, mixing soil to the right consistency, and placing your plant in the pot. Repotting usually is necessary when a plant outgrows the pot it’s been planted in. Sometimes a plant may need to be repotted more than once. Our Garden Shed Gang has great tips to guide you through the potting maze.
What Kind of Pot Do You Need When Planting in Your Potting Shed?
Do you think you can put your plant in any old pot? Think again! Check out for an in-depth look at the materials used in a variety of pots. Almost anything from an old boot to a nice ceramic urn can be used to pot your plants, but sometimes pots can actually cause stress on your plants.
Make Your Own Soil for Your Potting Shed
Of course, the easiest way to get your potting shed ready for use is with readymade potting soil in your pots. However, making your own potting mix with compost isn’t that hard a task as seen here
Start Your Own Veggies in Your Potting Shed
Everyone knows vegetables are healthy. Not only are they healthy but very tasty as well. Eight great reasons to grow your own. Seeds are much less expensive than going to the grocery store and buying off the shelf, and if you start your plants in a potting shed or greenhouse you’ll be ahead of the game from day one this spring.
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Practical Points to Make the Best Use of Your Potting Shed
If you’ve already decided a potting shed is for you, maybe it’s time to explore the possibilities. Potting shed size, placement, storage ideas, and more. Here is a gold (or maybe green) mine of potentials.
What Size Should Your Potting Shed Be?
Size does matter. It’s surprising how soon a potting shed can be filled with greenery, tools, etc. However, with a bit of organization, you will be able to fit all you need into the space you decide on. Digs Digs has some great ideas when it comes to garden shed storage ideas.
Anything from a small 8x12 potting shed, 10x14 garden storage shed to a more robust 10x20 backyard wooden shed or even more can be used. The size is really up to you and your budget. Check out our potting shed gallery here
Storage Inside Your Potting Shed
Just like you need shelves inside a “normal” outdoor storage shed you can also do a lot with shelves, and especially with a potting bench. Look at Mellisa’s great ideas in her Potting Bench Idea Gallery below.
Remember when putting your potting bench in place; when working at a potting bench (whether sitting on a stool or standing) your elbow should always be bent at 90 degrees for comfort
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Storage Outside Your Potting Shed
You’ve already seen what can be done inside your potting shed. Now look at the outside. Shelves, an old sink, an outdoor hotbed, and many other possibilities are yours to explore.
has much more information, from essential tools to the best spot for your potting shed. You may want an old rocking chair outside the door so you can watch your garden grow.
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Potting Shed/Greenhouse; a Great Combination
With a potting shed/greenhouse you will be able to not only prepare and repot your plants, but keep them growing all winter long. Most potting shed/greenhouse combinations simply make use of extra windows or skylights on one side, making the greenhouse a kind of lean to. Put one of these in your back yard and dig in the dirt all winter long.
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Spring into a Potting Shed today.
Whether your thumb is already on the green side, or you would like to nurse it to greater greenery; consider springing into a potting shed now. The grass is ALWAYS greener in a potting shed.