15 Things You Need to Stop Storing In Your Shed – Expert Advice
12.11.2023 - 20:33
The humble shed should be the hub of activity in the garden. But all too often, this room outdoors becomes a dumping ground for clutter – serving as an overspill for the attic or basement.
There are also a number of items that, while logically seem to belong in the shed, are best stored in the house.
Without insulation, most sheds are not temperature controlled, and extremes of weather can damage and even destroy your belongings. In addition, the local wildlife can easily access most sheds, feeding and nesting on items that shouldn’t be there.
A regular clear out is essential to keep your shed in good order, so act now and find a new home for these common items.
Seed should never be stored in the shed. ‘Extreme temperatures and humidity can damage seeds’ viability,’ says Greg Niewold, president of Power Planter. Not only can they rot or develop fungal disease, but they are also vulnerable to vermin. ‘It’s best to store seeds in a cool, dry place indoors.’
Learning how to store seeds is easy. Ideally seed should be stored in a labeled paper packet within an airtight container. Add some packets of desiccant, such as silica, to remove any moisture from the container.
Seed can also be stored in the refrigerator, at around (40°F), for several years, as long as it is completely dry.
Whether storing tender summer-blooming bulbs or hardier spring bulbs, the shed is not the right place to keep them for any length of time. Bulbs make tempting food for rodents, and can also rot if they become damp.
Bulbs need a cool, dry location for storage, such as a closet or basement. But before storing them, they need to be dried out for two to three days.
Place dried bulbs in labeled paper bags or cardboard boxes – the container should be breathable