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Here’s an easy way to keep a paper seed packet from getting destroyed by wind and rain out in your garden: Slip a small zipper-type plastic bag over the packet, with the bag upside down so the rain doesn’t get in. — Rev. John Henault, OMI. Plus: 10 ways to save money in your home garden.
Garden Tool Hideaway A mailbox hidden behind shrubs near your garden provides a convenient home for tools. A small mailbox like this one costs less than $20 at hardware stores and home centers. King-size models cost about $35. — Lynn Samples DIYers tend to accumulate all kinds of tools for all kinds of projects. The key to staying efficient, though, is to make sure you always have the right tools at hand. Check out these 21 ideas to make sure you keep your tools organized!
Garage Storage Cardboard concrete-forming tubes are inexpensive ($10 at any home center) and provide a great place to store baseball bats, long-handled tools and rolls of just about anything. Rest the tubes on a piece of 2x4 to keep them high and dry. Secure each tube to a garage stud with a plumbing strap. — David S. Mallinak Check out these 51 Brilliant Ways to Organize Your Garage.
PVC Tool Holder Build this rack to store your tools on the wall. Use a jigsaw to cut a 1-1/4-in.-wide notch the length of a 2-in.-diameter PVC pipe. Cut several 3-1/2-in.-long, 1/8-in.-wide holes behind the notch. Use 1-1/4-in. drywall screws to attach these pieces to a 2x4 screwed to the wall. —John Schorling Here are 56 incredibly smart (and cheap!) ways to use PVC around your home and workshop.
Tool Bucket A 5-gallon bucket comes in handy out in the garden—and not just for collecting weeds. You can load it up with all your gardening tools and carry them easily from place to place. If it starts to rain, protect the tools with the lid. But here’s the best part—it doubles as a portable stool when you need to rest or do some pruning. The only problem is that the lid can be hard to pry off. Solve that by cutting off all but two of the plastic tabs. The lid will go on and off in a snap. — Julie Abbott Check out these 15 Brilliant 5-Gallon Bucket Hacks for Your Home.
Hang-it-High Helper With this extension pole, you can hang objects in high, hard-to-reach areas. Attach a spring clamp to the end of an ABS or PVC drainpipe, and use the end of the clamp as a hook to lift items on or off a hook or nail. — Joseph and Debra Wronkowski
Hang-it-All Hooks Those plastic hooks that plumbers use to support pipes make convenient hangers for just about anything. They’re strong and cheap and they come in a range of sizes. Find them in the plumbing aisle at home centers and hardware stores. — Lori Callister Need more places to store your stuff? We asked our pro storage gurus for their favorite storage tips and advice.
Save Your Lawn Products Leave a bag of fertilizer or weed killer open for long and it’ll soak up moisture from the air and won’t go through a spreader. Even grass seed could use an extra layer of protection from a moisture-wicking concrete floor. Place opened bags of lawn products in large resealable plastic bags ($1 at discount stores). The products will be free of clumps or pests when you need them. — James A. Hanna
Garden Gear Caddy An old golf bag, especially one on a cart, is perfect for storing and hauling garden tools. Get them all to the garden in one trip and park them in the caddy shack when you’re done. Fore! — Randy Roush
Simple Spiral Hose Storage Here’s a handy tip for storing your spiral hoses so they don’t end up tangled. Just wrap them around the handle of a rake or shovel. The long-handled tool does double duty! — Bill Aloi Check out these 27 Life-Changing Garage Organization Ideas.
Storage Hooks Get ladders, tree pruners, kids’ bikes and other unwieldy items off your garage floor with these inexpensive PVC hooks. For heavy items, you could make the hook out of steel pipe. — Fred Kendle
Yard Tool Organizer Create a simple long-handled tool hanger out of two 1x4s. On the first one, drill a series of 2-in. holes along the edge of the board. The trick is to center each hole about 1 in. from the edge. That leaves a 1-1/2-in. slot in the front that you can slip the handles through. Space the holes to accommodate whatever it is you’re hanging. Screw that board to another 1x4 for the back and add 45-degree brackets to keep it from sagging. If you wish, pound nails into the vertical board to hang even more stuff. No more tripping over the shovels to get to the rakes! — Robert Johnson
Wheelbarrow Rack Hang up your wheelbarrow to free up floor space. Center a 2-ft. 1x4 across two studs, 2 ft. above the floor. Tack it into place, then drive 3-in. screws through metal mending plates and the 1x4 and into the studs. Leave about 3/4 in. of the plate above the 1x4 to catch the rim. Rest the wheelbarrow on the 1x4 as shown, and mark the studs 1 in. above the wheelbarrow bucket. Drill pilot holes and screw ceiling hooks into the studs. Twist the hooks so they catch on the wheelbarrow lip and hold it in place. — Bryan Turnbo Check out these 18 Clever Storage Ideas for Hard-to-Store Stuff.