Regular fertilizer applications are necessary for good perennial growth. Apply 5-10-5 fertilizer in a ring around each perennial in the spring just as growth starts. Make two additional applications at six week intervals. Late bloomers such as chrysanthemum need an additional application in late summer. Always water the perennial bed after fertilizing.
Use caster sets to keep your major tools, even workbenches, portable. Wheeled tools and benches will allow you more flexibility, and will let you reposition for specific jobs like ripping long lumber or for taking advantage of natural daylight.