So the other day my husband and I were tidying up the side yard. It tends to become a dumping ground for yard junk, pool toys, pots, planting stuff… junk that doesn’t make it to the garage or goodwill. We were organizing and tossing and trying to whip things back into shape. As I stepped away for a second to be sure the children hadn’t burned the house down, I hear a “Be right back. Going to Home Depot.” and the car pulling out of the garage. Um. K.
So long story short about 90 minutes later we had this nifty little DIY potting bench ready to go. This really is a very simple project- it took about 60 minutes to build and then a day for me to putter around staining it. 😉 If you move faster than I do and it isn’t hot as blazes outside, you can easily finish this project in an afternoon. Plus it is super affordable- we spent $60 on materials for this project plus an extra $15 for stain. The nice thing is that you can totally customize this to your space, paint or stain it any color and it really is a nice piece to tuck away in a quiet corner of the yard to hold pots, potting soil, scissors, gloves and provide a workspace for your outdoor projects.
I will include the simple instructions for our bench and you can totally customize this to suit your own needs- smaller, bigger, add more hooks, paint a cheerful color- whatever. And I have used this so many times already- I really didn’t realize how handy a potting bench is.
We used basic 2x4s and fence posts for this project to keep it super affordable although cedar might be the best option- just depending on how much you want to invest in the project. I am not a serious gardener (well in my dreams I am and then the plants see me coming and play dead). We have this on the side of the house under the roof awning so it is semi-protected from elements.