The Potting Shed March 2015


In 2014 we were fortunate enough to build  a Potting Shed in our home garden – the plan was to use this to over-winter ‘precious’ plants and shrubs and also use it to give an early start to vegetable plants for the allotment.

When it was built a neighbor commented that we would soon run out of space and would need an extension !! – dont be silly we replied – how right he was and how wrong we were. My wife cares for the ‘pretty ‘ side of the gardening with great choices in flowers and shrubs . As the winter drew closer in 2014 more things were moved into the shed and covered with fleece. We even purchased a shed heater which just keeps the temperature above freezing .

Now the shed is like the Tardis in reverse – you open the door and there is no space – what was a 8′ x 6′ shed seems to have shrunk to about 1 cubic meter.


We have managed to start some vegetable seeds off in the 2 propagators we have but shelf space is at a premium

Vegetable seeds in the propagators

Vegetable seeds in the propagators

Now to the point of the post – we were shopping in Aldi on Monday and they have a huge range of flowers as plug plants for hanging baskets – bargain price – so we purchased quite a few with the intention of re-potting these until time to put them in the hanging baskets – then we realised that we did not have room to put 100 small pots in the shed – or anywhere for that matter .
A light bulb moment ! – a have read in quite a few articles about Vertical planting / growing so we put our heads together and came up with a solution .
One local place we use for our vegetable plants is a Koi and gardening center (view here ) used to give you free plastic trays if you bought x number of plants – this year they allow you to buy these stackable trays for 15p each . That was our answer. Repot the plug plants in trays , stack on top of each other and then we covered them all in bubble wrap to hopefully keep the frost at bay

Plug plants repotted

Plug plants repotted

Tray 2 with 20+ pots

Tray 2 with 20+ pots

Two trays stacked

Two trays stacked

3 trays with cover

3 trays with cover

All seems ok , we have 100+ pots in a small shelf area all covered so hopefully they will grow on and ready for transplanting for the spring
Thanks for reading

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