Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Potting Shed

A must for a garden is a potting shed and Linderhof's garden lacked one. I decided to remedy that situation and found a carpenter to build one. His estimate, however, was for a "California" potting shed -- the price for a 3 x 5 shed -- $2300!

The next morning in our local paper there was an ad for a "deer hunting blind" -- small and the price was right.

When I walked into the room where the blind was stored, I realized that this eight sided building was magical and would make the perfect potting shed. It had three windows (hunters had to have some place to stick out their guns) but alas, no door for it was meant to be put in a tree and you enter it from the bottom.

The builder agreed to put a door in for me and to deliver it. And I had the perfect corner for it!!! I have plans to make it more garden friendly and less hunting friendly by painting the outside a sagey garden green and taking the metal roof and making it look like copper with that blueish patina.
In yesterday's rain, I took all of the pots, hand tools and yard tools from the garage and put them in the potting shed. Also a box of birdhouses and the hummingbird and oriole feeders. Today, the watering cans and some garden statuary that really can't stay outside during the winter will get put inside.

It will serve my purpose well -- keeping garden tools handy and with it in that corner it seems as if that corner of the garden now has a purpose.


Mary Bergfeld said...

I was tempted to say what a find, but then I realized I should be saying how resourceful. What a great idea. Enjoy!

Martha said...

Mary--this is my birthday, Christmas and anniversary present (all arrive within a month of each other) AND . . . for my husband's Christmas, birthday and anniversary present -- I got him a Deer Blind!!!!