Paul's tips for sorting out your chaotic tool shed.
How often have garden jobs been cut short due to a missing or damaged tool? Well here's a list of nifty, useful products and ideas to help you keep those garden implements under control.
Mini Storage ShedThis little storage device can fit anywhere on your garden premises. It is perfect for containing gloves and other tools you constantly need in the garden. And its beautiful cooper-roof design adds a classy touch to any flowerbed or vegetable garden. Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $80.
Wooden Garden CaddyThis small wooden box has a handle for easy transportation. It's ideal for holding planters because of its drainage system, and could be used either as a pot or a carrier. It can also hold a few small tools for planting jobs. Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $15.
Tool Tote BagThis all-purpose garden bag has Velcro straps and is made of a waterproof nylon material. It has enough pockets for more than a dozen small tools, making it ideal for that journey to the end of the garden. Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $20.
Spring-Loaded BinThis spiffy, springy bin could be used for garbage, mulch, dirt, tools or anything else you can imagine. The pop-up design allows for easy storage and transportation, while its nylon material makes it fairly durable as an all-purpose carrier.
Mobile Garden SeatThis handy plastic garden perch has wheels for linear mobility along a plant bed. Storage space beneath the seat has room sufficient for holding small plants or a few tools. The moving bench can save your knees, neck and back from strain. Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $20.
All-Terrain Tool BeltWith its nylon pockets for spades and other small tools, and a lightweight, comfortable belt design, this "All Terrain" belt makes organizing your garden tools seem like child's play. Heck, wear it around the house to show the family how on top of things you are! Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $15.
All Purpose Tool CaddieNo, it's not a person to carry your tools and hand them to you. But this "caddie" is an all-purpose push-cart with an aluminum wire frame for hauling big bundles, long plastic slots for holding larger garden tools, and wheels for easy leverage and mobility. ...Just don't try bringing it out on the course with you. Available on the Internet and at home-and-garden centers nationwide, starting at around $80 (putter not included).
Storage Rack IdeaInstead of using a big purpose-built storage rack for your tools, Paul has a simpler and much less expensive idea that's just as handy for keeping everything in its place. If your shed has a wooden wall, install a well-spaced series of nails, screws or hooks to hang your tools on. Then, with a black marker trace an outline on the wall around each tool as it hangs on its nail and label the drawings. That way, when you use a tool (or your teenager uses a rake to play hockey), you'll always know exactly what's missing and where it goes: simple, cheap and tidy.
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This segment appears in show #2817.