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Why Every Gardener Needs a Potting Shed

June 2nd, 2011


No gardener should be without a potting shed. It one of the most versatile of all gardening accessories, and it can enhance your gardening experience by far more than what you would pay for it. It is a storage area, a greenhouse and a workroom all in one, and yet it takes up relatively little space. It is the perfect place to plant seeds, plan your garden or just relax. Most potting sheds have a potting table, space for larger tools, several large windows, and plenty of shelves for seeds, soil, fertilizer, small gardening tools and young plants.

A potting shed is the ideal place to plant seedlings or move plants to larger pots. Potting is a messy job, and the shed helps to keep the mess out of your house and off of your floors. To clean up afterwards, all you need to do is wipe the table and sweep the dirt out the door. At the same time, the shed provides shade in the summer and shelter from the wind and rain, so it is much better than potting plants outside. In addition, the table in a potting shed is at the perfect height for you to stand while planting instead of bending over and straining your back.

A potting shed also organizes and protects your gardening supplies. It gives you a place to lock up your lawnmower, shovels, hoses and gardening shears so that thieves aren’t tempted by them. It keeps tools out of the weather so that they don’t rust, and it protects larger tools from temperature changes that can ruin them. Most potting sheds have tool racks in them, which makes it easy to find your shovel or rake when you need it. A potting shed is also a great place to store hoses and watering cans in the winter so that they don’t freeze and break.

Another advantage of a potting shed is that it protects your plants. It can be extremely discouraging to work hard at a garden only to have it eaten by animals, and a potting shed prevents this from happening. It also protects delicate young seedlings from wind and extremes of temperature, and it keeps slugs and snails away from them. Not only that, but a potting shed allows you to start your plants much earlier than you would otherwise be able to. The large windows in the shed give your plants plenty of light, and grow lights can be added for additional warmth if needed.

If you need a space to plan your garden, a potting shed is perfect for that as well. It is warm and dry, and it has plenty of space to spread out seed catalogues or sketch out garden plots. It is also quiet and away from distractions, so you can think about your garden or anything else you’d like without being disturbed. If you want, you can leave your seed catalogues lying around in the shed without worrying about other members of the family bothering them. In addition, you can use the wall space in the shed to hang a calendar where you can mark your planting dates or make a weeding schedule.

You can also use your potting shed after your plants have finished growing. If you raise herbs or flowers, you can dry them in the shed. If you grow onions, you can hang them from the ceiling and allow them to dry without getting in your way. You can arrange bouquets, put herbs in jars or store potatoes. In fact, you can even use your shed for things unrelated to gardening: such as crafts, pottery or art. The possibilities with a potting shed are truly endless, and every serious gardener needs one.

This guest post was written by Thomas O’Rourke on behalf of Tiger Sheds – where you can find your very own potting shed. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

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Guest Blog: Jerry’s Garden

January 20th, 2011

One of Humble Seed’s primary objectives is to inform, educate, and inspire positive change in the world. With today’s technology, it has never been easier to convey a message or an idea. Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and internet blogs are becoming more influential by the day.  Here at Humble Seed, we feel very fortunate that this technology has enabled us to connect with and grow such a knowledgeable and diverse community.

Nothing highlights that more than the spectrum of  guest bloggers we have featured in the last few months. We have had Master Gardner ‘Gardening Jone’s‘ timely piece about food safety.  Dorren Pollack, Chairperson of the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, excellent article “Garden to Table in 60 Days“.  Nutritional coach, whole foods chef, speaker and author Adam Hart’s fun and informative video blog.  And Brendan Cook, Director of Sustainability for EcoAid, support for “Big Garden-Small Carbon“.

So today, we’re happy to introduce to you, Jerry Greenfield. He will be doing a once-a-month guest blog for Humble Seed. He will bring his passion, experience, and unique gardening perspective. Look for his blog post every third Thursday of the month. Now, here’s Jerry….

Hello Everybody!  It’s nice to “meet” you!  My name is Jerry Greenfield and I am the newest guest blogger for Humble Seed.  I can’t even remember at this point how Jim Mitchell (co-owner of Humble Seed) and I got to know each other, but somehow we became friends on Facebook and we’ve continued to grow our friendship over the past several months.

It seems that Jim and I share very similar views when it comes to gardening and living a green, sustainable lifestyle.  I like what he has to say, and he likes what I have to say, so I started thinking that his readers might like what I have to say too!

When I approached Jim about writing guest blogs for his site, he was more than happy to have me!  So here I am, writing my first guest blog for Humble Seed!  My bio should tell you a little about me, but I can elaborate a bit here.

I’m an old man—approaching my 57th year—and have been gardening for decades.  Okay, maybe I’m not that old, but I certainly feel it some days!  I’ve always gardened organically because I started gardening before it was even possible NOT to garden organically!  I think it’s crazy that gardening with nature and by natural means was good enough for our ancestors for thousands of years, but now most of us are in such a hurry to find new ways to garden that we’ve forgotten the fact that we couldn’t have gotten this far without the help nature has provided us.

I’m a strong believer that things are the way they are for a reason.  For example, if plants were meant to have chemicals inside of them that killed or repelled pests, then the plants would naturally have these chemicals—we wouldn’t have to genetically modify the seeds to produce these chemicals.  Another example, if plants were meant to grow faster than they do…ah…then they would, simple as that.  But plants are programmed to grow at a certain rate for a reason and messing around with their natural growth rate can be detrimental to the plant.

I think we’ve been messing around with nature for long enough and it’s time to go back to our roots.  It’s time that we start working with nature again and not against it.  It’s time that we embrace our humility and once again become humble to the seed and all of its natural wonder.

So, I hope you’ll all enjoy my guest blogs!  I plan to offer you advice, share opinions, and discuss current events pertaining to our environment, food industry, and governmental procedures concerning our health and rights to grow and consume natural and organic foods.  Above all, I will promote organic gardening as our means to survival.  Once again, thanks to Jim for allowing me to reach out to all of you, and I’ll catch-up with all of you soon!

Jerry Greenfield Expert

Connect with Jerry via his blog and Facebook page: Grow Like Crazy

About Jerry Greenfield

My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby. For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to “help” us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.

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Ordering Seed Now Is Important for Tomorrow

June 1st, 2010

Whether the garden season has passed for you to plant your favorite herbs and vegetables or you have not prepared your yard yet for a garden, there’s no better time than the present to buy seeds. That’s right; there’s no better time than the present to buy seeds, even if you’re not ready to plant. Here are four important reasons why you should buy now rather than later.

Seed shortages. Last year’s poor growing season—mostly due to extra wet conditions—may make it difficult now and in the future for gardeners to get seeds such as carrots, cucumbers, onions, and snap peas. When fewer vegetables are grown, fewer seeds can be saved.

Demand for seeds. The poor economy and concerns over chemical use on commercial foods has prompted more people to start their own gardens, thus, more seeds are being sold.

Pre-planning your future garden. Planning a garden takes some prep work. From choosing the perfect garden location for the best sunlight possible to preparing the dirt, and deciding where to plant what, when you take the time to plan your garden ahead of time it will not only alleviate stress but also give you something to look forward to when the time is right for planting. If you’re new to gardening, planning ahead also allows you the opportunity to learn about the herbs and vegetables you want to plant, e.g., planting depth, seed spacing, soil temperature, days to germination, days to maturity, sun, water, etc. Knowing this information ahead of time is extremely helpful when planning out your garden.

Peace of mind. Many people want to know that the foods they’re eating are safe to eat, and growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to feel good about what you’re feeding yourself and your family. Another aspect of peace of mind is in knowing that you are equipped to live self-sufficiently in cases of disasters that may deplete our nation’s food supply.

Having a supply of high quality seeds available at any given time is becoming more and more mainstream for many people, as well as being educated on how to successfully grow foods for self-reliance.

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