What do you keep in your shed? Some people store lawn mowers, shovels, rakes, and other similar items in their shed. But have you ever thought of putting plants in your shed? This week's post features four cold-weather plants that would thrive in your backyard shed over the winter season. Enjoy!
Four Plants You Can Grow in Your Shed During Winter
- Catmint. Catmint plants are appealing to many people due to their pretty flowers and delightful fragrance. The roots of a catmint plant spread very quickly, so put your seedlings in a ten-inch pot full of quality soil. Place the pot next to a window in your shed that will nourish your seedlings with partial sunlight. Be sure that the soil is moist at all times. It takes about five to ten days for catmint seedlings to sprout. Be sure to avoid overwatering your catmint, and deadhead any wilted flowers so they don't slow down the growth of your plant. Catmint can survive in very cold conditions, making it a wonderful choice to keep in your shed during the winter. I think this would be an educational project for kids or grandkids. The younger kids could help to fill the pot with soil, and older kids could be in charge of watering the plant. Everyone would have a great time watching the catmint change with each passing week.
- Sedum. Growing sedum during the winter is a fun idea if you have a south-facing window in your shed. Sedum plants need eight hours of direct sunlight per day. Fill a ten-inch clay pot with potting mix made especially for succulents. This will help with soil drainage. Sedum is a drought-tolerant plant, so it rarely needs watering. Touch the soil to see if it's dry before adding any water. One tip to remember when growing sedum is to get rid of any fallen leaves right away. Unfortunately, sedum is susceptible to many diseases, so it's best to take away any dead growth that can become a home to pests that carry disease.
- Peonies. Peonies are a colorful choice to grow in your shed. Choose a large pot that allows the roots of your peony to spread. Make sure the pot has a hole in the bottom to help with soil drainage. Your plant needs about six hours of sunlight per day. Be sure that your peony is in an area with adequate air circulation, or else it may develop fungus. Peonies are hardy flowers with a lovely fragrance that will give a lift to the atmosphere of your shed over the winter.
- Coralbells. These plants flourish in filtered sun or partial shade, so they can be put in a shed window that doesn't receive much sunlight. Coralbells can be grown in a small plastic receptacle such as a yogurt or cottage cheese container. These plants grow in soil that is moist but not soaking wet. Though these plants can grow in partial shade, it's important that they have access to sunlight to prevent the development of fungus.
Try growing some plants in your shed this winter. It may turn into a fun hobby you can expand upon every year. Thanks for reading! - Alan