Selecting A Potting Bench

By | 10.05.2001

If you love to garden, then buying a potting bench is a “luxury” you shouldn’t avoid. Potting benches provide the space you need to enjoy your hobby and typically offer appropriate storage space as well as comfortable work space areas. So, if you are looking to buy a potting bench, what are some of your options?

You have many different options when it comes to garden potting benches. Here are some to consider:

Wood Potting Benches – When it comes to a wood potting bench, you can’t go wrong with cedar. A cedar potting bench looks good out in your backyard or garden, and cedar will hold up well to moisture, sun and just about anything you can throw at it. This is the most popular potting bench type, since wood blends in so well with the outside surroundings, while still being durable.

Plastic Potting Benches – If you want a super low maintenance potting bench, then plastic may be the way to go. While a plastic potting bench will not look as attractive or “natural” near your garden, it is easy to clean, durable and long lasting. This is also a cheap potting bench choice, if budget is a factor.

Metal Potting Benches – Metal is not the most popular of materials when it comes to potting benches, but you can still find some options available. Just make sure if you buy a metal potting bench that it is one that won’t easily rust, because it will be exposed to moisture and water quite a bit.

Folding Potting Benches – If you don’t have the space to leave a potting bench out all the time, or simply don’t want to, then a folding potting bench is a great option. These models fold up compactly for storage when not in use. Since a folding potting bench does not usually remain out all the time, it often does not have any room for storing your gardening supplies and is used mostly just as a potting table when you need to get some work done. With this option, you may want to consider hanging garden tool racks in your garage or shed to store your tools.

A garden potting bench will usually have a shelf below the main portion of the bench for storing supplies like potting soil, fertilizer, garden pots, and garden tools. The main part of the potting bench should be comfortable to work at from a standing position, so be sure to check that out before you purchase. Some potting bench designs will also include specialized garden tool storage along the top of the work space, and side containers or bins to either sweep debris or scraps into or to hold compost, soil or other materials. You can even find some potting benches that include an outdoor sink, so you can have access to running water to make it more convenient when working on your plants and flowers, or to wash off your hands after they’ve been digging through the dirt. Another option is a potting bench that also serves as a garden bench that you can just sit in and enjoy as you admire the surrounding flowers when you’re not hard at work.

If you love to garden, then a potting bench should be high on your list of garden accessories to buy. It provides a comfortable place to work on small gardening tasks and is the perfect way to keep all of your gardening supplies and tools organized and easily accessible. There are many potting bench styles to choose from, so depending on your needs, you should be able to find one with the features you are looking for and within your particular budget constraints. Happy gardening!


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