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Potting Benches Can Make Gardening More Efficient PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:36

(AP) Gardeners use potting benches primarily for potting flowers and small seedlings.

They can help you become more efficient, said Robin Pokorski, secretary for the National Garden Clubs. "I wouldn't do without it," said Pokorski, who lives in Los Angeles.

Here are some things to consider before buying or building a potting bench:

LOCATION: Put the bench in a shady spot so you're not working in direct sun. Consider whether to incorporate the bench into the landscape or hide it behind a garage or shed. Remember that a potting bench can get messy and cluttered.

SIZE: Think about what size plants and pots you will be using, and how much workspace you will need.

HEIGHT: Make sure the work area is at a comfortable level. You don't want to have to bend down or reach up.

STORAGE: Some benches come with shelves, drawers, or utensil hooks for storing or displaying gardening tools. Consider hanging tools on hooks so they aren't sitting in wet drawers after it rains.

MATERIAL: Pick a material suited to your climate. Many benches are made from cedar or redwood, which can withstand the elements well. Plastic and recycled materials also hold up well in sun, rain and snow.

WHEELS: Some benches have wheels so they can be moved around the yard. If you intend to roll yours around the lawn, make sure it isn't too heavy to push.

COST: A do-it-yourself bench could be constructed for as little as $30. A number of gardening websites offer plans for building potting benches. Storebought benches start at around $100.