The perfect potting bench?

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savbo

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The perfect potting bench?
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:23 »
A project for this year is to organise my 2 potting benches, in the greenhouses at home and on the plot. What do people think makes for the perfect bench?

My starter for 10...
- compost tray with sides and a high back, to make filling pots and shovelling up compost easy. I'm going to make mine from a sheet of Dibond (aluminium/plastic composite they use for signmaking) that I've come across
- shelves to hand for most commonly-used pot sizes, seed trays, dibbers, tampers, and labels
- a bucket below for spent compost, and another for compostables
- an old towel for cleaning my hands!
 - a watering can always full so it can warm up a bit
- a radio...

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 12:30 »
A stool to sit on
Self-sufficient in rasberries and bindweed. Slug pellets can be handy.

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 12:37 »
sounds lovely. I'd need the cat to be able to get in and out too. Aaaaah, if only I had the space for one. I' d love to be there, listening to the cricket on the radio, doing my potting on..........
small, Welsh and almost certainly bonkers, but can be tamed with Talisker, if required

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 15:42 »
space for the mug of tea...and perhaps a packet of biccies...

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Trillium

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 16:08 »
A bucket each for grit and perlite.

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 16:50 »
A little jam jar containing  labels and a marker pen  :blink:

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 16:58 »
An electronic bleeper would be helpful to warn me every time I'm about to bump my stupid head on the stupid roof (shorter legs would also work but might be a bit expensive and/or painful!)  :wacko:
Sow your seeds, plant your plants, and plonk your potatoes in the soil.

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Gwiz

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 07:04 »
Because our greenhouse is rather small, I use one of these.
As the greenhouse fills up, it can be removed from the bench top to create a little more space for seedlings.


bench tidy.jpg

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plum crumble

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 09:49 »
I use one of those as well Gwiz, jolly useful.

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 12:05 »
Gwiz, where's that one from if you don't mind me asking? I could get that for my birthday and save the Dibond for something else. Or throw it away...

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012, 12:26 »
greenfingers.com (other websites are available, etc) are currently doing it on special for 9.99. It might be cheaper elsewhere.

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Gwiz

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 14:46 »
That particular one is from two west and Elliot.
There will be a link to them on this website.

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savbo

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 15:32 »
Thanks Gwiz and Plum - identical photos on both sites but cheaper on one...

I've seen another online but it had a corrugated base which seems a bad design to me...

now - should I buy one or two?

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 19:30 »
Buy two and send me the second  :blink:

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Re: The perfect potting bench?
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 19:50 »
I bought one of these about 2 years ago and I find it ideal, especially the side where you can store things like dibbers, trowel etc..  :)

http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-care-watering/growing/growing_pots___saucers/-specificproducttype-potting_benches/Sankey-Multipurpose-Handy-Bench-Green-W-520-x-L-600mm-9436522
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