Garden Sheds – A Homeowner’s Guide

Garden Sheds – The Importance of Reliable Storage

Throughout history storage has played a critical role in the development and survival of the human race. It was the ability to store things safely and reliably that made agriculture as powerful as it has become today. The ability to preserve and contain food products without their rapid spoiling allowed farmers to grow greater yields and to begin selling their goods to others in need.

Earliest storage “facilities” consisted of little more than holes dug in the ground and then filled back in with rocks or earth. The lower temperature would help keep what was placed inside fresh for a longer period of time. Eventually such items as crates and barrels were invented, as were structures designed for the safe containment of these items.

Today storage has taken on an entirely new form with advanced technologies such as cryogenics and vacuum-sealing allowing for items to be stored for many years at a time. Greater advancements in transportation have also allowed perishable items to be shopped over greater distances.

Perhaps the ultimate benefit of storage, however, is simply to provide a place to put things so that you can easily access them without having to worry about where you left them. Garden sheds are prime examples of this, and have many practical uses for gardeners and homeowners alike.

Garden Sheds – Why They Are Useful

Garden sheds, for many, are the primary facilities for storing gardening equipment, machinery, tools, construction equipment and even harvested fruits and vegetables. For homes that lack a garage, garden sheds can be the answer to serious storage deficiencies. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and can come in sizes large enough to host a vast array of odds and ends.

Perhaps the most obvious use of garden sheds is to store your gardening equipment. Rather than dirty up your garage or basement, by keeping everything in one centralized outdoor location you can make it easy to access it while preventing gigantic messes caused by carrying such items throughout the house.

A great idea when building a shed is to design a rack or series of shelves that are specifically intended to hold your gardening equipment. This way you can access everything as quickly as possible while remaining organized and discouraging inconvenient clutter buildup. Shelves are also handy for holding smaller items like boxes of nails or tools for woodworking.

Garden sheds are a great place to store your lawnmower. Some varieties are large enough that you can actually park a riding mower directly inside. In fact, you can actually build or purchase sheds large enough that they act as make-shift garages for small vehicles. This can be handy for winter storage or for safely locking up bikes or a motorcycle if your garage is full or non-existent.

Garden Sheds – Additional Uses

Consider storing volatile materials that you don’t want in your home in garden sheds instead. Paint, fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide and anything else that you don’t want in your house for safety reasons are all viable things to place inside of garden sheds. This gives you a centralized location to access them from while providing shelter from the elements and saving you from having to breathe in chemicals whenever you walk past.

By building garden sheds without windows and out of heat-resistant materials such as wood you can effectively create an area that is suitable for storing items with low temperature requirements. This is especially handy for storing produce harvested from a vegetable garden, which might otherwise spoil if kept in a warmer location.

Seeds and bulbs should be stored in garden sheds to keep them alive and healthy as long as possible. Plants you purchase ahead of time from the garden center but are not yet ready to plant can be placed inside as well over short terms, so long as they have access to sun.

Garden Sheds – Additional Information

One of the great benefits of garden sheds is that you can buy them pre-made at home repair depots or garden centers. By having them delivered via truck, you can have fully-made garden sheds placed in your yard with a minimum of labor. Pre-fabricated sheds are usually constructed out of lightweight metals or, more increasingly, out of sturdy plastic compounds.

When building garden sheds yourself, it is often best to go with wood. Constructing a shed can be a fun experience for the entire family, and will usually take anywhere from several days to several weeks depending on the size, complexity, and your own availability.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll often find is that your shed may become home to a host of creatures you may not want living inside. Rodents, dangerous spiders (such as black widows) and more may attempt to move in, so it’s often wise to take preventative measures.

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