I have finally given up on squat­ting on the ground next to the dri­ve­way pot­ting up gar­den con­tain­ers. That’s right. I squat­ted when I pot­ted. No more. I have a new pot­ting bench.

We recently had a car­pen­ter out to do some repairs on the house. While he was here I handed him a photo of a pot­ting bench I saw on Pin­ter­est.

Potting bench on the shady side of the house

He gave me an unbe­liev­able price to knock it together.

This pot­ting bench is tall enough that I can have two large and one small gal­va­nized garbage cans below. The large ones hold pot­ting mix and leaf com­post. The smaller one holds bags of grit, ver­mi­culite and such.

There is also a step run­ning the length of the pot­ting bench so that I don’t have to stand in the mud on rainy days. The step also allows me to drag the garbage cans out onto the step with­out hav­ing to lift them on and off the plat­form below. So very handy.

The pot­ting bench is located on a shady-ish side of the house next to the out­door shower and a hose. This is where I gather plants I have divided and pot­ted, where I harden off seedlings, show­case my col­lec­tion of Guy Wolff pots and oth­er­wise hold plants until they get into the ground. It doesn’t entirely cover the unsightly heat pump units, but it does dis­tract from them.

Guy Wolff clay pots on the new potting bench

I am happy, happy, happy not to be a squat­ter pot­ter anymore.


Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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