Shovels and spades are essential tools for any kind of garden. They’re handy for planting and moving items like stones and compost. Technically, a shovel is a scoop (center, above), while a spade is used for digging (outer edges, above). As you stock your tool shed, invest in tools with blades that won’t rust (stainless or carbon steel), and look for designs that feature a head and handle socket that’s hand-forged from a single piece of metal. Tool handle material varies. Wood handles absorb more vibration than fiberglass, but choose one that offers a weight you can easily lift and carry. Small spades, like a drain digging spade or this small contractor’s spade (left, above) are handy for digging around established plants, in places where a full-size shovel head won’t fit.
This dreamy garden shed has a definite Bavarian, woodland feel that helps give this Atlanta garden its enchanted, transportive vibe.
The shed and its surroundings in HGTV fan's tumbestere yard look picture-book perfect.
Lush plantings around the pool and pool house form a natural windbreak and also give the setting a sense of privacy. Low voltage lighting accents the surroundings. Plants include a grove of aspen trees and large evergreen trees.
This is a potting shed for the serious gardener and offers workspace galore. Stainless and stone counter surfaces provide ample space for potting plants, and recessed bins provide storage for soil, mulch and other garden products.
The best way to make your shed feel like a sanctuary and escape says Sherrod, is to target what you will use the shed for. "Regardless of what you are creating – whether it be an art studio, workshop, meditation, hobby room or garden retreat – having an idea of how you’ll use your space will help tremendously when creating a place to feel at home and decompress."
Keep extra firewood dry and clutter free in this cute English Garden Firewood Storage Shed from Overstock.com. Made from pressure-treated timber, the unit features a top shelf for sticks or wood chips.
The Tin Shed
Visit The Tin Shed in Apalachicola, Florida to get your antiquing fix. There you will find a variety of nautical décor, wood carvings, signs and antiques.
Designer Egypt Sherrod created this charming "tea" shed (Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea sponsored the project) in her Atlanta backyard , founded on relaxation and comfort.
Teak Outdoor Storage Shed
This teak outdoor storage shed has enough room for bicycles and lawn and garden tools. Plus, it blends in nicely with wooden fences. Available through Overstock.com, this shed has double doors that make it easy to conceal large items.
Shed with Flowering Garden
HGTV fan Eddie Wood turned a garden shed into a charming guest cabin. Container gardens give the area a lush look.