Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Easy Cattle Panel Storage

 Welcome Autumn!
We are so happy you have come early!
my supervisor lending a hand

Since moving the garden over to the side yard,
I've been having to look at all the junk trappings accoutrement
that didn't yet have a home.
It's been on my to-do list for a few weeks now.
A solution was needed quickly,
and this weekend's weather lent itself to the project.
As is my nature,
I wanted to use what was on hand, if possible.

Arches in former garden site
Cattle panels are one of my favorite things to repurpose in the garden.
Last year, I used them as trellises in the beds and created a row of arches
on which to grow melons, peas, beans and flowers.
Since we had a couple that were not being used,
it seemed like a good start.
I simply formed an arch
(it's easier to do with help),
and found a spot near the garden where I'd have access to what was needed.

Half inch conduit holds it in place
by driving the bottom of the pipe into the soil.

Another repurposed item, baling twine,
holds the tarp on the frame.

The tarp was draped over the frame,
mostly so the items inside are somewhat hidden.
Have I mentioned how much I dislike clutter?
Without the expense of a true shed,
this will provide some outdoor storage space
for garden and chicken materials.

A used (free) pallet was placed on the ground,
and a few boards leftover from one of our old raised beds
were used to fashion a floor on which to place things.
The idea is to keep things as dry as possible,
and keep myself from having to step in the mud if it's wet.

For now, I've just stashed everything underneath,
but I'm already tweaking ideas in my head about
how I can make it more stable so that I can hang things up
in order to use more of the vertical space.
I may end up cutting off the horizontal bars at the bottom,
creating spikes that can be driven into the ground.
Another idea is to change the shape to one that's less tall
and more squatty.
Since I'm on the short side, I could still fit underneath 
and maybe have more floor space for goodies.

 I like having everything in one, compact place,
knowing that what I need for the garden and critters
is easily within my reach.



  1. Now that's a creative idea! This past year we have accumulated a lot of extra items for the garden and chickens that need storage. Quite frankly, we're running out of space in the garage. One of the other items is that we would like to hide the area where we are putting our used chicken litter (compost area) and I'm wondering if we can do something similar to what you have done here. I'll have to run it by my husband to see what he thinks. He's pretty resourceful! Thanks for sharing your idea! :-)

    (Found your blog via the Life At Cobble Hill Farm blog.)

    1. Hey Tracy. Welcome! I posted last week about my cattle panel compost bin. Check it out and see if it would work for you!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. That's a great idea, simple and using what's on hand. Your new fall header is lovely.

  3. What a fantastic idea!! I haven't had to store any yet but I've wondered how we would do that if we needed to. I agree with Laurie - the fall header is fantastic!

    1. Thanks, Staci. Keep in mind you could add panels as needed to make it a larger space.
      So glad you stopped by!

  4. I like it too. Perfect for tidy storage. Well done!


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