5 Things to Consider When Planning a Kitchen Garden

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Planning a kitchen garden is a wonderful way to start out the spring season. The work is invigorating and rewarding, but can also be stressful if the proper tools and materials are not conveniently located. Create the garden kitchen of your dreams where everything has a place when you are ready for some serious gardening.


The Right Size

You may have grandiose ideas of planting all types of herbs, vegetables and flowers, but the first couple of years should consist of getting your soil tested and ready, keeping certain plants separated and deciding the best method to use. Working the existing soil takes time, equipment and the right tools. Raised gardens are popular because they provide good drainage and you can easily maintain.

However, if you are planning for the future, the right size for a shed in backyard areas should match your most extreme plans. For instance, if you are going to use raised garden beds, you will need supplies of topsoil, peat moss and other large bags of supplies. The fall season will require items like a wheelbarrow for collecting plant roots and dead leaves. Staying natural with an existing plot is even more involved with equipment for turning the soil. Begin a list of how much room will be needed when you reach your desired garden and plan the garden shed according to your increased needs.


Designing your own Backyard Shed

There are many creative shed designs that add appeal and value to property. Everything from custom-made lattice to colorful shutters is available to personalise a garden kitchen shed. However, the space and arrangement of storage should be foremost in your shed ideas. Aesthetic details can always be added, but organized space cannot be expanded. For example, if you have plans to expand your garden to 1/4 acre, or more, a garden tractor may be needed. Storage for equipment, in addition to tools and supplies, may cause you to rethink the square footage needed.

Once you have a list of all the possibilities, add up the space that is required. Make sure that a set of doors is wide enough to drive in motorised equipment and still give you plenty of space for prep work. Bins for fertiliser, soil and sprays is another option. By building boxed in containers, you are able to organize and keep spillage contained.


Utilise Existing Buildings

Stand-alone garden kitchen sheds are for those without a nearby building. If there is a garage or pole barn close by, add on an entrance or expand the space with a lean-to or attached room. Figure the proportionate value according to the size of the building and your garden kitchen shed will look like it has always been a part of the structure. A metal pole barn is perfect for adding on needed space for a garden kitchen shed. Sometimes a little rearrangement is all that is needed to create the perfect area. For example, if there is a fishing boat stored inside, have a roof built on one side of the structure and move this item under the cover of the roof. You have just created a huge space for gardening needs.


Inside the Garden Kitchen Shed

A garden kitchen shed should be an area that is pleasant to visit. All tools should be grouped together and easily visible. Wall hangers are perfect for this type of storage. Smaller tools should have a designated spot, such as drawers beneath a long work table. There will always be items that are unable to be hidden, like a spool of water hose, but by streamlining the other necessities, space will not seem confusing. Bins made of metal will deter pests from looking for food and keeping pets from finding dangerous chemicals.

A working area is a must in preparing plants for going into the ground, cleaning tools and preparing solutions. This table can never be too long, but the width can be adjusted if space is limited. Never let an open area go to waste by adding shelves and drawers for holding supplies and tools.


Flooring Design

Let your feet sink into the cushion and soft blades of artificial grass. Visually deceiving, this type of turf always looks exactly like a freshly mowed lawn of natural green grass (check out this website called Tamigrass to see how it looks). Once it has been installed, your responsibilities for maintenance are much simpler than natural grass. All you need to do is brush or rake the artificial grass every once a while. There is no need to worry about color deterioration, wear and tear, missing patches, or mowing. It is a very comfortable alternative to a natural lawn and will leave you wanting to stay in your kitchen garden all the time.


Get creative with your shed ideas and allow yourself plenty of room to grow. Once you are satisfied with your new plan, put it into action. Call Steeline Sheds for ideas on your building ideas. There may be products and services available that can make the garden shed even better.

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Joe McCord works at REAA.

Comments (3)

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Joe McCord This was a fantastic article - thorough, creative and inspiring. Thank you. Lauren

May 14, 2020 08:17 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Joe McCord very good list of tips for when planning a kitchen garden.

May 14, 2020 08:26 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I never thought about this . I do agree about the right size and not biting off more than you can chew 

May 15, 2020 04:41 AM