Puppies and potted plants don’t mix well. I remember looking out of a window and seeing my new puppy dragging one of my potted plants around the yard, shaking it vigorously, as if to kill it. Dogs also like to chew on plastic pots; I guess they like the crunchy sound. If you have small children, you may have experience with finally getting some flowers to sprout and then turning to see you little helper enthusiastically digging in that pot. These are great reasons to get a potting bench, but I also like being able to have my pots, seeds, cuttings and plants at a comfortable level.
The pallets to make this potting bench were free. My husband just looked at some pictures of what one looked like, then put it together for me. For those of you who need plans, you could check out the plan on Wood Working for Mere Mortals ( I love that name!) or if you are feeling adventurous and/or crafty, you could check out some of the plans on Ana White’s site.
My potting bench is great for keeping supplies organized. I use the bottom shelf for storing extra pots, my watering can, and plants that need a little extra care or shade. When I am trying to root cuttings(like rosemary or tomato), I like to tuck them on the bottom shelf. They get shade there, and it is easy to bring them to the top once they are established.
There is a little slot formed by the top pallet that I like to slide flats of newly planted seeds into just until they get started.
I have a ceramic garden boot that I use to store my tools- if you look closely you can see the handle of the big knife that I used in my post on dividing oregano.
The top shelf is for plants and seedlings that are ready for sunlight. I love how my little seedlings can get sunlight on the top shelf and I can watch their progress at a glance.
You can often get pallets for free. This is an inexpensive project that will make starting seeds and propagating plants so much easier. Having a potting bench will help to save you money. Of course, you save even more money if you follow my tips on how to get seeds for free! 🙂 I have started so many seeds and cuttings there. No need to spend lots of money on a potting bench when you can make one! What do you think? Does this look like something that you would use in your garden?