Tools and Storage

Connect Tools and Storage to your Curriculum

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Tool Shed

A tool shed is much more then a place to hang your hoes and hoses. The shed provides a home base. A tool shed gives the garden a real sense of permanence. In addition to tools, a shed is where you keep your first aid kit, where students can literally hang their hat. It’s a place for sunscreen, and wash buckets, and harvesting tools, and calendars, garbage cans, rain ponchos, cameras, notebooks, and anything else you’ll need to function in the garden. In a sudden rain storm the shed is place to seek shelter (very temporarily since most sheds are tiny).

A tool shed is also a responsibility. It must be organized, maintained, and kept locked. It also has to be purchased, and if placed on school grounds, must first be approved by school facilities staff. 

Without a shed nearby you’ll always be scrambling to move tools and equipment around causing inefficiencies and lost time. But a tool shed is another expense. Sometimes it is easier to gather support for a project if there is a tangible need like a shed. A school’s business partner or a local bank might be asked to sponsor the shed in exchange for a sign on the shed in recognition of their donation. If a shed isn’t a possibility you’ll need to work out some other arrangement for storage. Many schools have some type of outdoor storage for mowers that may be shared by the garden.



Additional Information on Tools and Supplies can be downloaded below. These excerpts from the Kansas Gardening Guide are provided, with permission, from K-State Research & Extension.   Charles W. Marr, Ted Carey, Raymond Cloyd, and Megan Kennelly, Kansas Garden Guide, Kansas State University, March 2010. 

Tool Shed Supply List.pdf196.3 KB
Basic Garden Supplies.pdf113.78 KB