For a lot of gardeners, their workspace is a wheelbarrow or where ever they plonk themselves. But what if you had a nice dedicated Potting Bench where you could keep things organised, do a bit of propagating, repot those tired plants and plant the next batch of veggie seeds.
Here is some inspiration to get you started. Ranging from pretty basic to over the top amazing. If you love to garden, get inspired to build a nice space to call your own. If you aren’t handy on the tools, I wonder if there is someone in your family who loves to do a bit of timber work. Show them these pictures. You might just ignite a spark in them to create something brilliant!
Cast Iron Sink
Using an old cast iron sink as part or your potting bench is a great idea. You will find these at Recycled Building Materials yards.
I like how this one has a canopy over the top to give you some protection from the sun. With space to store supplies underneath. Great colour too!
Perhaps all you need is a tiny Potting Shed like this one.
A place to store some tools and a fold up bench to do a bit of potting.
I reckon you could make one this size out of recycled pallets which you can get for free.
Add a Roof
If you look closely you will see this one has made use of an old bench with drawer and then they have added the uprights and roof. I love how the roof extends out far enough to give protection from the sun and rain.
If you do use an old bench from inside, be sure to cover it well with several layers of exterior paint and keep the feet on dry ground.
Canvas Garden Apron
Easy to slip on without having to change into gardening clothes.
This one has been knocked up using a few pallets and an old kitchen sink that was probably being thrown out in a council cleanup.
Anyone could have a go at making a simple design like this.
Give it a good few coats of paint to protect all the timber if you are going to position it outdoors in the weather. I’d also recommend using some Treated Pine Blocks on the base just to keep the rest of the timber off the ground.
A lot of homes have a narrow space down one of the sides that gets rarely used. I wonder if you could build a fantastic potting bench like this.
You might be handy with the tools and can give it a go
Or alternatively, look up a local carpenter and show them these images and let them have fun building you something special.
Geofelt Planter Bags
Easy to move about and built really tough to last for several years of use, now everyone can have a go at growing veggies.
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The complete guide for when to plant your veggies and how long they will take to harvest. Covers all of Australia and is very easy to follow. Covers seed depth, row spacing, frost sensitivity, harvest timeframe, crop rotation and planning out your beds.
Now here’s a good idea. Using slide out drawers for heavy bins containing your supplies of potting mix. All nicely labelled as well.
It looks like this garden shed has some opaque roof sheeting to let the light in but keep the rain out.
A wonderful indoor potting area inside a larger shed. Having those timber sides for the soil piles will make it easier to not spill it on the floor. Take note of the nicely hanging hand tools on the wall.
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The Taj Mahal of potting benches. Stunning timber work makes this a real showpiece in the garden. Notice the slide out bins for storing soil and a lockup cupboard on the right.
A stainless steel bench top to protect the timber and make it easy to clean up. Fantastic!