My Garden Shed Use Plan

It's been another long break between postings here on the Growing The Home Garden Shed page.  If you follow me on Facebook or read my main gardening blog you know how busy I've been with starting my own nursery.  It's been a challenge and even though I started off with the attitude that I should count a single customer as a success I'm constantly dreaming of "what if"s.  The good thing about dreaming is that it inspires you into action.  But what good is action without a plan?  My overall plan has several dimensions to it one of which is the shed itself.  I named my nursery Blue Shed Gardens after the shed itself that has become a focal point in our backyard.  My dad and I built it together and as it turned out to be it was one of the last projects we worked on together.  He passed…

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October Garden Shed Update

Since my garden shed's construction was complete my updates have been less frequent. OK it's not really complete yet but the physical structure is finished. (Feel free to check out the YouTube slideshow on the shed's construction) There is a huge list of things I would like to add or improve on the shed and over time I'll be tackling them one at a time.  As a busy stay-at-home dad it's tough to find times to get the shed worked on and take care of everything else that needs done. This past weekend I spent a little time tinkering and fixing up a few things on the inside to get it ready for winter. Here's what I accomplished:Cut a cabinet to fit under the front left window.Moved a cabinet to fit a countertop.Cut and added countertops to the back cabinet, the front left window cabinet and one that fits in between…

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Garden Shed – April Video Update!

This is the first video update from the garden shed. Hopefully I'll be able to add more videos to The Home Garden over time include how-to's and mini-garden tours! I hope you enjoy the look inside my messy construction and plant filled shed. Please be forgiving, as always it is a work in progress!This video was made with my Sony HDRCX130 HD Video Camera!

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Making Plant Benches from Scrap Lumber

You can't have a greenhouse garden shed without having a place to put the plants can you? I've finally gotten far enough along that I can assemble a long plant bench. Since I've collected scrap lumber from a variety of projects and people I decided to use that for this first plant bench. As money allows I may upgrade or add to this bench but for now this will work just fine.The base bench is made from 2"x4"s and is 8 feet long. On top of that is a second shelf that is only 4 feet long. I wanted to leave the area to the right open to allow for taller plants and I didn't want to impede the light from the front window. I can always add more shelves later.  I bought this coated square mesh to cover the open areas. It will allow light and water to go…

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A Little Closer to Finished

Corner Trim on Garden ShedEvery day that I get a few minutes to work on the garden shed I get a little closer to finished. Of course I'm still not close enough for my tastes but I'll keep plugging away at it and eventually it will get completed. A couple weeks ago I managed to add the trim to the corners on the outside of the shed and yesterday I did some gap sealing in the eaves. I used a can of spray on insulating foam to enclose the gaps. Now that I've done that I can add insulation to the inside eave areas. I have plenty of extra leftover from insulating the underside of our house.The other thing that I need to do very soon is seal up any gaps around door and window trim areas as well as the corners. I want to get it ready for painting…

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Gables Covered!

While I'm excited that the gables on the garden shed were covered this weekend I'm a little disappointed the garden shed siding isn't finished. As it turns out I ran one piece of siding short of finishing the job! It's an awful feeling to realize that you're only a couple steps away from completing a task but you can't.  The areas that still need siding are on the left and right sides - one piece will do it.When covering the gables I decided to try a slightly different approach than I originally intended. I began thinking I would go horizontally all the way up to the peak. What I ended up doing looks much better as it gives the gable area a little more character - I went diagonally. I began with the top pieces - cut them to fit then measured all the pieces below it. Then I came…

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Progress Inside the Greenhouse Garden Shed

While earlier in the week brought progress to the outside of the greenhouse garden shed this weekend brought some progress to the inside. I had already insulated parts of the shed where there is no glass but I needed to cover the insulation. Fortunately there is plenty of scrap plywood laying around the shed from doing the outside sheathing plus some old sheets of plywood I've collected over time. I love being able to use bits and pieces of previous projects in new ways. It makes things cheaper and eliminates waste! I cut the pieces to size and screwed them in using 1 5/8" coated screws. I prefer screws over nails, mainly because if I ever need to get into those areas it will be very simple.Here's a picture of the front from the inside. And here is a picture of the back from the inside. Underneath the windows will…

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