Garden Sheds

Diane Ziomek By Diane Ziomek, 19th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ow_h_w37/
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A brief look at uses of garden sheds and materials used to build them.

Are you in need of a shed?

Every garden should have a shed...in this case bigger is better. A little 6’X8’ shed isn’t going to hold a lot of gardening tools. If possible, a 12’X16’ would be an ideal size...about the size of a single car garage. Why so big you ask?

The garden shed should ideally have a lot of room for a lawn mower and lawn tractor. If you have a small lawn there won’t be a need for a lawn tractor, thus allowing your shed to be a little smaller. You will also need room for a potting bench, extra bags of potting soil and garden tools. If the tools are placed on a rack, you will be able to keep them better organized. Tools which won’t fit on a rack should be kept on a shelf. You will also need room for fuel containers and extra oil for your hedge trimmer, chain saw and weed eater. These particular tools may also be found in a rechargeable version, but depending on your garden size you may wish to have the gas engine versions as well.

The shed should also be large enough to accommodate patio furniture during the winter, as well as all of the empty flower pots and planters. Keeping these items in a shed and out of the elements will ensure many years of use. In the summer, the extra floor space in your shed may be used for storing the lumber you bought for your next project, such as a pergola or trellis.

Building materials

Your shed can be made out of aluminum or wood. A wooden one is better than aluminum, for the simple fact there are options of windows and better doors. A wooden one may also be built with higher walls to accommodate storage brackets on the ceiling. There are a variety of shed plans on the market, from a very basic to quite fancy. Some are made to look like a miniature version of the house; some have verandas; and some have a screened in area or greenhouse attached. If you are a handy person, you can easily build a wooden one cheaper than the aluminum ones sell for. Plus if you build it yourself, you can modify it to your needs.

Adding power to your shed and perhaps a water source is beneficial, especially if you will be spending a lot of time in or around it. The power will be beneficial for the power tools and a radio. The water will come in handy when it’s time to clean up after a day in the garden. Lights are also a good thing to install in your shed, as not all gardening tasks can be completed in the daylight.

Zoning

Check with your local municipal office to be sure the size you are building does not require a permit. Although a shed the size of a single car garage would be ideal, it will most likely require a permit. If you are planning on taking your shed with you when and if you move, it would be wise to build it on skids so it is easier to move. Again, check municipal zoning laws.

If you live out in the country, the zoning laws differ. Plus, if the shed is semi-portable it is unlikely you will need a permit to build it. Just keep in mind where utility lines runs so the shed does not cover them in any way. If it does, this could lead to a big expense if the utility company has to move it for any reason.

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Garden, Gardening, Shed, Storage

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
I have always been interested in writing, but have only been publishing online since January 2010. I have many interests and write articles on several of them, such as crafts, writing, gardening etc.

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author avatar D in The Darling
19th Feb 2011 (#)

Gardening, one of my wife's passions. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
19th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you! I will be adding to this section as the days go on. I too love gardening and like sharing what I know and have learned.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you Diane, for a most informative write.

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Once again, well written. Great info. We will be planting soon, I'm sure I will be looking forward to more of your gardening tips. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you! I am anxious to get out in my yard again...but for now will have to wait for the snow to melt. We got more last night, and today the wind is blowing it all around. My solar lights are almost completely buried; it will be nice when they are visible once again.

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