How many of us dream of a place to exercise our green thumbs?
Here are a few simple ideas on setting up different types of potting benches!
For someone who can only dabble, you want to have a compact set up. Something that is fairly portable but yet a dedicated place to place your garden pottery while you create new planter ideas. A place to store some simple hand tools and maybe a bucked of potting soil.
Make it a casual place that is basic, possibly movable and has just enough space to work in comfortably. Create it out of old crates, barn wood, or a counter top and maybe concrete blocks. Paint it or leave it natural and rustic. This is for fun not for impressing people so don't sweat the small stuff.
A few tips to consider for the casual set up is make sure the area is 25 inched deep and 40 inches wide. This is the minimum work area that is most useful. Place a bucket for potting mix and another for water if a hose is not handy. Store a watering can if you need one. Attach some cup hooks to the sides of the table top to hang small garden tools, a pair of gloves, or a tiny whisk broom for clean-up. Keep a basket handy to move things around with and stack your garden pots to keep them neat and out of the way.
For the devotee, there are supply houses that make kits for professional looking bench's. Or you can have a carpenter build one under a patio top that can sit out all season long. Go for cabinets with deep shelves for storage, small drawers for garden tools and large stainless tops for potting.
Include a permanent water source like a sink with a faucet that has a hose attached for watering small potted plants. Overhead shelves and racks are a most for added storage if it is in your budget. Dream big and go big. You won't regret it.
When storing garden pottery make sure that the unused pottery isn't exposed to the elements. Slip newspaper between the pots when you stack them to prevent sticking and clean them with a wire brush before storing. All simple tips that make a big difference when next Spring rolls around.
This photo to the left, shows a built in area in a garage. It looks stunning yet not all that complicated. Placed right next to the door that goes from the garage to the backyard is great for convenience and it fits perfectly. A couple of build in cabinets with a counter top and overhead open shelves is all it takes but the addition of the garden sink is fantastic and so useful.
We really love the muted green paint color and white sink and counter tops. Simple, elegant and useful.