I have wanted a potting bench forever. I moved this old piece of furniture outside and set it up as a potting bench. I am finally planting all of my pots!
This “old piece of furniture” might actually originally have been a potting bench. I bought it at the flea market and used it in the Carriage House as an art working table. (I am an artist, by the way.)
Now that I am redoing the Carriage House,(and have no time to paint), it seemed as if it was the right time to repurpose my “table” and move it outside.
Setting Up the Potting Bench
The timing for this project was perfect because I have a gazillion terracotta pots in my yard that need replanting. My previous gardening efforts have been pretty lame as I never had an area to store my materials (as in tools, pots, and potting mix, etc.). So I gathered everything I own that is gardening related and brought them out to my new potting bench.
As you might have guessed, I also bought some plants. The colors in our garden are pink, white, and purple. And I even found more Dahlias!
I also brought out all of my pots, many of which I painted with Garden Lime to age the terracotta pots. For the DIY go to How to Make Vintage Garden Pots.
This is what my potting bench looked like before I added all of my potting supplies.
Do you think it is actually a vintage potting bench?
In case you are wondering, this location is on the patio behind the Carriage House. The brick wall behind the potting bench is a wall that hides all of our pool equipment! It’s the perfect location.
Tools You Need For a Potting Bench
There are a lot of items that can make gardening and potting plants a lot easier. Here are some of my favorites.
There are a lot more items listed below, including four potting benches!
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I love to pot plants and I have a lot of drip lines all over our yard. I will be honest, I need drip lines as I am terrible about remembering to water my pots. As long as there are drip lines in my pots, my plants look amazing!
Here is an example of how great my pots look on the back patio. The color adds so much to what normally would be a plain coffee table.
I also planted all of these pots which are on our back patio, outside the french doors.
I finally planted the rest of my raised vegetable beds. We have four beds and here is what I have planted. So far!
- 11 tomato plants, ranging from San Marzano to Roma to cherry and more.
- one raspberry and one blackberry plant
- two peppers
- zucchini and cucumbers
- sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, parsley, mint
- 8 various basil plants
Frequently Asked Questions
Costs for a potting bench range between $75 and $500, depending on the size and materials. You don’t need a potting bench, as you can use any tall table. I bought mine for $50 at a vintage flea market. You can also buy a potting bench with shelves in all different materials, for a range of prices.
A good potting bench is sturdy, the right height, and offers covered storage for items you don’t want to get wet.
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