When planning out your garden area this year don’t forget to set aside room for a potting bench. They are great for storage, help prevent back pain and keeps everything organized in one location. I know what you are thinking; more money out of pocket!
Luckily there are inexpensive options available for us DIY’ers out there. Since pallets can be found for free almost anywhere; the DIY Pallet Potting Bench project above is great way to build a low cost workspace for your backyard.
If you do decide to tackle this project, be sure to find pallets that are stamped HT for heat-treated; which is the method used to preserve the wood in the pallet. The other method is Methyl Bromide fumigation which creates a health risk and should not be used for projects or for firewood.
For those that have issues watching youtube videos; Woodworking For Mere Mortals provides a great PDF to use instead.
To see some more tips that include a sketchup file for the bench; click on the link below.
If you build your own pallet potting bench this spring feel free to share your results with us; we love to see what others are doing!
The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers
By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony — it’s easy! Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburban gardeners.