Sometimes, gardening tools end up being dropped where they were last used, not to be seen again for a long time. Organizing garden tools will give you a place to store them, making it easier to locate them while preventing rust or damage from harsh elements.
There are lots of ways to organize your garden tools from purchased storage to DIY garden tool organization projects. The following article contains some ideas about how to organize garden tools.
Why Organize your Garden Tools?
Certainly, you have never used a garden tool and then left it behind after a project, but I have. Unfortunately, sometimes the errant tool is not found until the next season of gardening, which, having lain out in the snow and rain, is looking pretty beat up.
Organizing your garden tools will help you keep track of them and keep them in tip-top shape. Plus, having a designated garden tool organization area will keep you from tripping over tools that are stacked or leaning every which way.
Ways to Organize Garden Tools
There are so many ways to organize your garden tools. You can purchase a potting bench that has shelves and/or drawers or even make one yourself if you are handy.
There are plenty of options for organizing garden tools from different types of wall-mounted hooks to corner tool keepers or, again, you can get your DIY on and create something to organize your garden tools out of repurposed or low-cost items.
The internet and hardware stores are filled with garden tool organizing options, but if you are feeling creative or want to save some money, then a DIY project is for you. You may not even have to be creative to create a DIY garden tool organization area. Some things you have laying around the home make excellent storage options for garden tools.
For instance, if you have a spice holder complete with jars that you never use, try repurposing them for small items like nails, screws, twist ties, or seeds. If you have a belt or pants hanger that isn’t used anymore, repurpose it along with some small clips as a hanging area for open seed packets or to dry herbs and flowers on.
Additional Garden Tool Organization Ideas
If you have an old recipe box, repurpose it for seed packets. Have a broken rake? Hang the rake handle from the wall of a garage or garden shed and then use the tines to hang other garden tools or to dry flowers, herbs, and even onions.
Hang a bucket from the wall to hang your hose from, the inside of the bucket makes a handy place to store hose attachments.
Use a mailbox to store smaller garden utensils or cut the legs off an old pair of jeans and then secure around a regular 5-gallon (19 L.) bucket and voila, you have lots of pockets in which to store smaller garden gadgets plus the inside of the bucket can be used when weeding or dividing plants.
Small garden tools can be stored in a shower caddy or old milk carrier. Use a bucket or pot filled with sand to store small garden tools. This will keep them available, sharp, and rust-free.
Lastly, when it comes to hanging larger garden utensils such as various shovels and rakes from the garage or garden shed, there are plenty of options to purchase out there. That said, you can create your own with a bit of wood and some PVC pipe or dozens of other methods.
However you decide to hang your garden tools for storage, it is helpful to outline the shape of the tool on the wall that way you will know exactly what size tool fits where plus this will help you to figure out what might be missing and still lying hidden in the garden somewhere.
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Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.