Get the dirt on work and play spaces…
Carving out a garden work space, just for you, can be a luxury! Isn’t this season a good time to do so? A place to pot up a container, to keep your hand tools and to keep your potting soils, mulch and gravel can lift your mood in the garden, energize you and get you ready for the coming gardening season.
In Fall, you’ll need your seeds organized in an airtight can and your planting and trimming tools handy. Nearby, hopefully, there will be a compost pile for your trimmings. I keep my potting soil in an old wheelbarrow without its frame, but many use a series of plastic trash containers with lids. I keep bird seed in one.
In Winter, you need a place for bags of mulch, a pitch fork to spread it and supplies to protect plants from the cold. Tools need a permanent place to be kept out of the weather, so a potting bench just outside a tool shed is ideal.. Terracotta pots, which can crack in the cold, can be stacked on a shelf if you have one.
For Spring, you’ll need a place for bulbs and bulb planting supplies. Drip system supplies fit into an easily carried picnic basket and is stored on a lower shelf on my potting bench. An old rake head hangs above my work bench and holds the small hand tools I use each day in the garden, my clipper, trowel and a steak knife for weeding.
I repot many of my patio pots here in Spring and a two-inch thick wooden top to my bench, set at waist height, makes a good sturdy work surface.
TIP: If you like using a certain type of plastic container for storage like Lisa’s, measure to make sure the shelves are custom sized for them.
In Summer, a chair in the shade nearby is handy for collapsing after a ‘working’ walk around the garden. Mine has a cozy cushion and small table nearby for my water glass. I collect only a few of the empty pots, ground cover trays and empty pony paks for starting more seeds and I discard or recycle the rest. Some nurseries will gladly accept their commercial pots again! In summer, my handle tools simply lean against the workbench,…out where they’re handy.
Share a photo of YOUR garden work bench and show it off….I’m sure we’ll be inspired, too.