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A potting bench workstation should be the hub of your garden
In between planting bouts, the author keeps her container lettuce, basil and other delicacies up high and out of slugs’ reach
Trust me on this: at planting time, there’s no better back-saver than a good table for planting your seeds and pots.
This year, our goal is to build a fancier and more permanent version of the break-down potting bench pictured, but any table-height surface goes a long way toward making your gardening more fun. Keep an old stool handy too – there’s no reason not to sit down on the job!
A potting bench is also a place where you can store soil and other necessities for planting containers and seedling trays. This is your garden workstation, so have a trowel handy along with some small pots, a watering can and any other garden helpers that you rely on.
Over the summer months, I like to keep a garden hat and sunscreen handy too, along with my garden gloves (that I use for pulling out the prickly brambles that wheedle their way into my vegetable beds).
There is a lot of make-your-own potting-bench inspiration online. Check out this Ana White’s five gorgeous potting bench ideas and plans that you can download. Or go to This Old House for another step-by-step make-your-own idea.
In between gardening tasks, remember too that your table is a great place to keep pots out of reach of slugs sliding by; lettuce starts and basil will particularly appreciate this high spot!