DIY Garden Potting Bench Tips DIY Garden Potting Bench Tips

Having a garden potting bench is a luxury which will make the growing season even more enjoyable. Not only are all the tools a gardener needs in one place, but they are alongside the pots, soil, fertilizer, gloves, soil, and even a compost bin all for easy accessibility. Even better, by working at waist height stooping and bending are no longer needed, saving the strain on your back and knees. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when designing and building a garden potting bench.

Trash Can, Recycling, Compost, or Soil Bin

Creating a built-in space for a waste receptacle is as simple has a small hole cut from the top shelf for the bin to hang in. By keeping the cutout portion in good condition, it can even function as a topper to fit back into the space when needed, allowing the entire shelf to be utilized. A similar idea is to allow for a soil bin in which the entire bag of top soil can be emptied into and stored at the potting bench. By having a bin with rigid sides and a wide-standing opening, soil will not get spilled and can be better utilized.

Hooks, Lattice, Wire and Pegs

By installing hooks or pegs underneath the upper shelf of a potting bench tools can be hung. This space saver can also make organizing all the necessary components of gardening a much simpler task. By having all the tools in one space, ready to go, short trips to and from the tool shed or garage are completely eliminated. If hooks will not work for the style of bench, try mounting lattice or wire along the sides of the bench between the top and bottom shelves. The holes can provide a great space for hanging and mounting garden tools which would otherwise clutter up other areas of the yard. To finish the look, the lattice or mesh can easily be framed in with simple trim boards from the hardware store at a minimal cost for maximum return.

Make it Yours

A potting bench can be a beautiful piece of outdoor furniture to display the gardener's love for the blooming season. Using stencils and outdoor paint, mosaic tiles, old dishes, or copper embellishments from the hardware store the bench can become a charming piece for your hard and add a whimsical or sophisticated touch to the duties of gardening. 

Functional, Not Fancy

As much as the bench should be a desirable piece of furniture to look at, use is also an important consideration. If the bench is so costly that the gardener doesn't want to get it dirty the usefulness is hindered. If it is made from beautiful materials but cannot get wet, storage could be come a problem. A balance between function and fancy must be found so that not only is the bench a wonderful addition to the yard, but also serves the purpose as a useful tool to help keep the garden going.

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