Working at a potting bench is a wonderful activity to quiet the mind as well as soothe the soul while enjoying the outdoors. A potting bench, also called a gardening table, provides a convenient working surface for gardeners to do such tasks as transplant seedlings from one pot to the next. It also contains storage space for such gardening essentials as pots, potting soil and small tools.
Many potting benches are made from cedar wood in order to stand up to the moisture and extreme changes in temperature encountered outdoors. The most expensive designs are made from exotic teak wood, with the least expensive made from plastics which often don't last as long as wooden versions. Here's how to add a potting bench to your yard.
- To pick the best spot in your yard for setting up a portable potting bench, scout out a few possible locations such as next to a garage wall or fence or someplace close to running water access and the location where you store the rest of your gardening tools and equipment. You will want a location that provides a bit of shelter or shade at the same time giving you the benefits of partial sun and fresh air.
- Do-it-yourselfers might enjoy the challenge of buying a potting bench kit and constructing their own potting bench, or you can purchase a unit that's ready to use constructed out of plastic, wood or metal.
- Once you have found the right location in your yard, make sure the ground that you position the potting bench over is even and solid. You might want to place an all-weather matting of some type on the ground and position the potting bench atop that so even after a spurt of rainy weather; you won't find yourself standing in mud while working at the bench.
Once the potting bench is in place, you can add various amenities to the unit to make spending time here much more enjoyable and productive. Some of these might include adding a sink and faucet for ready access to running water. You might like to attach hooks along the sides of the unit to give you more space to hang tools and other implements. You can also add more racks for holding pots of various sizes, along with an additional shelf to give you more workspace or a place to display potted plants. Leave enough space next to your potting bench to store potting soil, compost bins and a receptacle for trash.