The Potting Bench
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Posted on March 5, 2018

The Potting Bench

If your gardening plans include starting flowers and vegetables from seed or creating a container garden, your first investment ought to be in a potting bench. A potting bench is a workbench set at a comfortable level at which the gardener can do small tasks easily, with the necessary tools, soil and containers right at hand. Think of it as the garden equivalent of a butcher block island in the kitchen, a functional feature for storage and organization that that can also be a pleasing design element.


Potting Bench Features

While there are as many types of potting benches as there are types of gardens, the most useful designs include a lower shelf for bags of potting soil, fertilizers, a watering can, larger pots, and the like; a work surface at a comfortable height; and further shelves and hooks for smaller tools, seeds, transplants, etc. Many potting benches also have a sink (wet or dry) embedded in the work surface to make handling soil easier and shelves with doors or sealable tubs for long-term storage.

Whatever the design, the potting bench will most like be exposed to the elements and come in frequent contact with dirt and water. It's important the potting bench is made of materials that hold up in these conditions: woods like cedar or teak, plastic, or metals that won't corrode. Wooden potting benches benefit from an annual coat of water sealer.

From these basics, there are numerous options for potting bench design. Some elaborate benches hook up to the water supply with a working sink or hose attached. Some potting benches include shelves to display potted flowers, and the workspace can double as an outdoor buffet. Bench designs are available in rustic, modern, industrial, or any other style. And it can set on your deck, patio or other common space, as much a piece of outdoor furniture as it is a garden tool.

Planting Flowers and Herbs at Potting Bench

To Buy or DIY?

There are just as many price points for potting benches as there are designs. Coral Coast makes a potting bench for under $100. It has plenty of shelf space and the added advantage of being foldable, so it can be stored out of the way when it's not in use. For around $400, Home Styles offers a high-end teak potting bench with features like a stainless-steel work surface, storage drawers and a towel rack.

Building your own potting bench is a simple, economical and environmentally friendly DIY project. Though this approach does take more time, it allows you to customize your bench to provide the exact storage you need.

However you go about acquiring your potting bench, it is guaranteed to be a valuable and attractive addition to your garden.

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