For Your Gardening Gear
Tending to vegetables should relieve stress, not add to it. So set up a potting station indoors or out and assign all your stuff to a space.
1. Shelf. Hang this galvanized-metal shelf ($129, Peddlers Home Design, 205-877-3030) on the back of the house or the side of a shed to store extra pots. Spray the unit with clear Rust-Oleum and it can stay outside year-round.
2. Potting bench. This indoor-outdoor garden center ($200, amazon.com) folds up and features two roomy shelves, plus a trellised back for hanging tools and twine. It’s made of fir, a hardy wood that withstands winter weather.
3. Bushel baskets. Keep them on hand for fresh-picked produce and weeds ($6 each, michaels.com).
4. Pots. Bags of potting soil and fertilizer can tip over easily (and they’re not much to look at, either). Instead, pour the soil into rarely used pots, or try these blue Imusa enamel stock pots ($12, target.com).
5. Hose organizer. You can’t attach a wall-mounted hose organizer to a brick house or one with fragile shingles. The steel Hose Butler ($40, gardeners.com) sticks in the ground and can be easily repositioned.
6. Buckets. Galvanized-metal English Keepers have locking lids so squirrels can’t get at birdseed.
For Your Entertaining Gear
Constantly traipsing inside to grab extra cups or ice isn’t much fun. Be a happy host, not a harried one, with these smart helpers.
1. Storage bench. Who wants to drag chaise cushions to the basement when it starts to drizzle? Lift the lid of this faux-wicker box and toss them in. You can use it to set drinks on, too. It has a water-resistant liner and can stay outdoors all year long. For a similar product, $275, ivgstores.com.
2. Ice chest. Made of insect- and weather-resistant cedar, it doubles as a side table when the lid is placed on top. For a similar product, $140, amazon.com.
3. Beverage caddy. Complete with a wooden handle, this galvanized-metal holder ($29, potterybarn.com) is roomy enough to fit bottles of wine or sparkling lemonade.
4. Console. Shop for a weather-resistant, solid-wood outdoor entertaining console. This one accommodates a copper ice bucket plus has a hanging wineglass rack.
5. Containers. These stackable, airtight square Pop plastic vessels ($50 for 5-piece set, oxo.com) ensure that condiments and utensils remain clean and critter-free.
6. Fish poacher. It’s been gathering dust since you got it as a wedding present, right? Use it―or this stainless-steel model ($54, Warren Kitchen & Cutlery, 845-876-6208)―to store barbecue tools outdoors so they won’t rust.
7. Hose pot. Never let them see―or trip over―your hose. Keep it handy but hidden in a steel Green Zen hose pot.
For Everything Else
Random necessities, like citronella candles, never seem to have a home. Give them a place to rest.
1. Vase. Looks can be deceiving. This vase resembles ceramic but is made of fiber-glass and weighs just 26 pounds. At 48 inches high and 25 inches wide, it can hold patio umbrellas, tiki torches, and more. Find something similar at jamaligarden.com.
2. Bench. Want to stay warm on brisk summer nights? Store throws in this cypress bench. It’s treated with polyurethane, so it can remain outdoors through the winter. Unfortunately, this item is no longer available.
3. Shelving unit. Unlike most other systems, the steel InterMetro unit can carry an impressive load. Each shelf holds up to 500 pounds (shelves, $22 to $28 each; posts, $13 each: containerstore.com).
4. Bins. Though intended for hauling leaves and debris, rubber Tubtrugs ($15 to $17 each, gardeners.com) can corral just about anything.
5. Jars. Easy-to-misplace items, like dog leashes, are visibly contained in these country store–style glass jars ($4 to $7 each, containerstore.com).
6. Caddy. Use this wood carryall ($24, Park Hill Collection, 888-603-3334) for candles or bug spray.
7. Toolbox. This neon tin box (for a similar product, $38, sears.com) keeps tools within sight and reach.