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What would you want in a potting bench?

Posted by nancyjane_gardener USDA 8ish No CA (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 21:17

DH is an out of work wood carver and we have fortunately come across a good amount of fine barn wood! We are looking to build/make some rustic potting benches.
We have a good amount of American rust to add to the decor, and have found several enamel bowls and small sinks to help them function!
What (as an avid gardener) would you want in a potting bench? Do you want running water? A place to hang plants waiting to be re-potted? A place to hang your pot/tools?

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RE: What would you want in a potting bench?

Running water would be my absolute must-have, for three reasons. One, so many products for planting need to have water added (potting soil, peat moss, etc.). Two, water is the best way to settle the plants into their new pots. And three, I like to be able to rinse my hands off as I go along.

This is a great question. I'll be interested to see what other gardeners say.


RE: What would you want in a potting bench?

Thanks Jennifer. I'm collecting responses from a few different boards, and we're now thinking of adding options for a certain cost.
Some responses were....Power strip, running water, screen for compost, sink with sprayer and shelf with hooks for tools. Nancy

RE: What would you want in a potting bench?

I have an ancient potting bench out in my garden, and next to it I put my old kitchen sink, built into a frame and next to a hose, so I can wash veggies outside, rinse off plant pots, and in general keep things clean. The potting bench itself has a shelf above the main surface so I can keep plant tags and other small objects handy. And I have a large cutting board which I keep over one half of the double sink so that it extends my working surface. Under both the sink and the potting bench is a single shelf which holds potting soil, fertilizer, watering cans and that sort of thing, to keep them off the ground. Here's a photo; the potting bench is to the left. Sorry about all the shadows!

Garden Sink & Potting Bench photo gardensink.jpg

RE: What would you want in a potting bench?

River, thanks! That's exactly what I need to see! Functional stuff we can incorporate into a beautiful bench! Nancy

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