— whether it’s a potting shed or greenhouse, small potting bench or shelf in the garage. Not only will you learn what you have and what you need before heading to the nursery; you’ll also benefit from a clean, organized space during gardening season.
If this sounds overwhelming, or if the weather makes it impossible to find your garden shed, much less spend time cleaning it, don’t despair. You can do this in small steps or even wait until a warm weekend in May. And whenever you do clean, the reward can be a place that works for how you love to garden.
If you have the room, pull everything off the shelves and out of the corners into a central sorting space so you can really see what you have — and not be tempted to ignore those things in the back. Weed out everything that is broken, extraneous or no longer needed.
Now look at what remains. Consider items in general categories: pots, tools, chemicals
Evaluate what you really need and use. This might include some plastic pots of different sizes for growing vegetable starts, some ceramic pots for your deck and some terra-cotta pots for the garden. Then keep what you love or and will use. Give the rest to someone who will appreciate them, whether you offer them online, set them out on a curb or donate them to a community garden.
Tip: Nurseries will often take back plastic pots that are 1 gallon or larger. When you head to the store to buy new plants for spring, take the pots with you.
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Jessica Bordelon, Agent,