Tips on Tuesdays – Getting Organized


Getting organized in your plant room can make a world of difference not only in your growing space, but to your plants, too. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage: A place for everything, and everything in its place.  Well, this goes double for the plant room.  It doesn’t have to be perfectly in order, but you need to know where things go, and you need to return them there, when you’re done using them.


Photo 1. Could you tell the difference if one wasn’t marked?


Perhaps even more important, if you are working with chemicals of any sort, you need to label your stuff.  It’s very easy to think that you’ll remember which measuring spoon is for the toxic chemical and which one belongs in the kitchen, but take a look at the first photo.  Could you tell those spoons apart if they weren’t labeled?  Why risk it?  Grab a permanent marker and label your stuff.

I also have a special file box in which I keep chemicals (see Photo 2).


Photo 2. The plastic file box where I keep chemicals.


I don’t have animals or small children around who could get in to this stuff, but, if I did, space would be made in my supply cabinet, shown in Photo 3.


Photo 3. My plant storage cabinet.


I also keep all my potting bench tools in or near the heavy glass vase you see in Photo 4, where they are easy to find.


Photo 4. My Tool Jar


No one is perfect however – witness the evidence in Photo 6.  It gets easier the more you do it, however, and as you limit your collection, it becomes more and more manageable. Sometime soon, when you have an afternoon free, take a look around your plant room or growing space and maybe spend a little time getting organized.


Photo 5. No one’s perfect!