~~ A Flea Market Gardening ‘My Big Garden Project’~~
Like many of us, Kathie Schram dreamed about her potting shed for quite some time. Here is how she finally got it…
Creating a fun garden shed for play and work
Kathie’s daughter already had a playhouse that her husband built for her that she is too tall to walk into anymore. He has skills! So when a friend of Kathy’s offered some rustic barn board siding for sale she mentioned to her skilled husband, Kevin, that she would really like to build a rustic style potting shed….a place where she could work on her gardening and keep all her supplies in one place.
It’s a truth we all know,…we long for a room of our own.
Now, Kathy says, “My very talented husband has just finished the potting shed I have wanted for so long! He did such a wonderful job and now all my gardening things will be all in one place making my life so much easier! I love it! Just in time for planting season, too! Now I can’t wait to do the fun stuff… decorating the outside with flowers, plants and other Flea Market goodies!
We’re in Northern Indiana. My daughter just turned 14….this is her swingset, and though she doesn’t use it much any more…. we decided to keep it for our great nephews and nieces. Everyone uses the pool, of course. I had fun decorating this week from garage sales and consignment shops. I’m in the process of putting slats in the chain link fence to camouflage the trash cans outside the courtyard. It looks like a white picket fence and sets the area off very nicely.
A few days passed…..Kevin then came to me and asked if I had my heart set on having a “rustic” potting shed and couldn’t it be built to match the house. I really wanted a potting shed, so I compromised with him and this is what we came up with.
I especially like the translucent roof. That will allow me to start plants in the early spring with just enough light to get them going, but not too much to cook me while I’m working in there! Ha!
Rethinking and recycling
Initially, we were trying to save the roof from the old playhouse, but couldn’t figure out a way to rebuild a taller structure underneath the current roof. What we ended up doing was to remove the old roof completely, we removed the sheeting and shingles from it to lighten the structure of the roof itself. He was then able to rebuild a new body for the potting shed….much taller, of course. With the help of our neighbor and the bucket on his tractor, Kevin was able to lift the rafters back up on top of the new base structure and save that portion.
“We salvaged the windows from the old playhouse as they were in good shape, so we didn’t have that extra expense.”
I love it! It’s small…..8′ x 8’….but just right for me. Love my container garden on my decks as well as my small vegetable garden that is roughly 35′ x 50′. I now have all my supplies and tools in a central location between the two. My Husband has his barn clear of the somewhat eclectic collection of decorations and gardening supplies! Ha!
My new shed is compact and functional and that’s what I needed. It will also protect the young plants from the frosts we get in the early Spring in Northern Indiana.
We have just under two acres here. That’s enough to keep us busy and this will really help a lot!
“Touring” Kathie’s garden