Since my garden shed is crowded with tools and supplies, I can’t afford to be careless about storage habits if I expect to be able to step inside without tripping. Here are two winter storage tips that allow me to keep a path clear.
I store my garden stakes in tall (30- to 36-inch-long) clay chimney flues. I prefer the rectangular flues to the round ones because the rectangular ones tuck into corners and fit tightly side by side. As I gather the stakes in the fall, I sort them by size and material: bamboo in one set of flues, metal in another.
Finding space to store pots is also a problem, so I’ve banished them outdoors. I keep as many as I can in one of those ready-made, shedlike enclosures for garbage cans. The addition of a shelf inside the shed increases the storage space. When the garbage bin is full, I put the rest of my pots on shelves attached to the outside of the shed. Pots are hardier than you might think; just make sure to store them upside down to prevent water, which expands as it freezes, from collecting inside and cracking or splitting the pots. I also weigh down plastic pots so they won’t blow away.