Located by the old apple tree, my potting shed is as utilitarian as it is backyard sanctuary.
With a horseshoe over its doors for gardening luck, everything I need is here: shovels, hoes, tools, plant cages, trays, stakes, pots, fertilizer, and wheelbarrow. Everything, except the tiller. The tiller was sold a few weeks ago after deciding to retire the main vegetable garden in favor of raised beds.
The small garden adjacent to the shed has been used to grow corn, pumpkins, watermelon, black raspberries, tomatoes, sunflowers, dill and annual flowers.
Previously used as an outbuilding, my potting shed owes its inspiration to my sister's cozy potting shed and my brother-in-law's carpentry work. Inside, the shed has a bohemian feel: with its birdhouses, cat prints, baskets, fabric flowers, seashells, a blue and pink floral area rug, a stain glass landscape in an antique frame, and a color scheme of red, azure blue and vibrant green.
My daughter said she would help paint the shed if she could select the colors, so I happily turned that decision over to her. We painted a couple of particle board storage shelves and the circa 1960's wood kitchen cabinet the original owners had removed from the house. The cabinet's red formica countertop makes for easy cleanup.
On the outside, my brother-in-law added siding and new shingles about 10 years ago. The renovations have helped preserve the structure (there was some rotting). The window he cut in gives the shed charm and a view.
My brother-in-law also created a place to organize and hang my tools. It was a thoughtful surprise that has helped keep the shed neat and the tools handy.
My little potting shed is sometimes my home away from home.
I keep a blue rocking chair inside the shed. Once, I placed it under the apple tree and rocked for a few indulgent minutes...daydreaming about my next project ;)