If you are lucky enough to have a mudroom or other small, unused room in your home, have you ever considered other possibilities on how to use it? For those of you with a green thumb, you might want to consider the possibility of transforming it into a potting room for your garden pursuits.
With the trend toward backyard urban “farms” and sustainable living, a potting room could come in handy. It would allow you to experiment as much as you like with starting your own seeds, re-potting your indoor and patio plants, and arranging your cut flowers, just to name a few ideas. Let’s consider a few essentials for this room.
- Sink and countertop. Installing a deep sink with a raised faucet in your potting room is a must have. This will allow you to fill up large watering cans and buckets for your gardening chores. Besides that, it makes your cleanup a snap. Before you go tramping through the rest of your house, you can do a quick wash at the sink. Having a decent countertop area will allow you to spread out your projects, whether they be your latest flower arrangements or starting your own seedlings.
- Easy-care floor. Vinyl flooring is cheap, and it’s easy to mop up any soil and water that will wind up on the floor. The last thing you want is a fussy floor, especially one with grout that will require lots of work to maintain.
- Storage. A local general contractor could install some custom shelving for your potting room, or you could purchase some freestanding shelves from a big box store. This will keep your tools organized and available at a moment’s notice. You may want to mount a pegboard so that you can hang your favorite tools, like scissors, pruners, clippers and trowels.
- Lighting system. If you want to experiment with starting your own seeds, you’ll want to install a simple lighting system. Purchase a shelving unit with adjustable shelves and hang some grow lights above each shelf. As the seedlings grow, you can easily adjust the lights so that they are at the correct distance from the seedlings. Growing your own seedlings allows you to experiment with varieties of plants that may not be available in the local nursery, especially heirloom varieties. Once you have the initial investment of your lights and shelving up, it’s much cheaper to grow your own plants than it is to purchase them all from a nursery.
Your local general contractor should be able to help you indulge your green thumb by making whatever home improvements you need to set up your own potting room. Happy gardening!