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These days you’ll find me in the back yard and on the porch and patio of StoneGable. Digging in the dirt and working at my little potting bench. It is such a workhorse! I try to keep it sorta clean and filled with interesting plantings and a few vintage finds, but mostly it is utilitarian and not just a pretty face! My potting bench earns it’s keep! So while it’s had a good scrub down and is free from dirt and a bevy of clay pots I snapped a couple pictures to show you how I perked up the potting bench for the summer season!
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I’ve had my locally made potting bench for about 6 years. It was a gift from Bobby for Mother’s Day! It’s really starting to show it’s age as it is beginning to chip a little. I love it all the more!!!
This year, my potting bench is sporting some big bold colors and some little succulents!
A pot of Gerbera daisies sit on a vintage child’s chair! I knew that I’d find a place for the little chair and it seems right at home on the potting bench!
Two red Gerbera daisies are potted in terracotta pots that flank the little shelf on the potting bench.
And in between them are 3 numbered white painted pots. They have become a little chippy with age. Now I think they are just about perfect!!!!
The number 2 pot holds a basil tree. The leaves are so tiny, but they smell and taste just like their larger cousin! I’ll plant the other two white pots with a basil trees as well and bring them into the kitchen for the summer.
As these darling little basil trees grow I’ll keep cutting and shaping them and using the clippings in my recipes! Basil tastes like summer to me!
If you live in my area you might like to visit Henry’s greenhouse. That’s where I got the little basil trees. They have the most interesting things there! Click HERE for the link.
The potting bench has a spigot and an old enamel basin for a sink. This make shift sink gets tons of use. When I pick veggies from the garden or fruit from our trees they get a good wash in the basin-sink before coming in the house!
The “sink” has no drain, so I pick up the basin and empty it into the soil in the kitchen herb garden that stands beside the potting bench. The water is fine for the herbs as our gardens are organic.
Now the basin-sink holds 3 nasturtiums to be planted in my kitchen herb garden. Their peppery orange and yellow flowers will go into my summer salads and decorate lots of summer dishes!
Under the potting bench is a sturdy shelf. I keep a watering can handy!
I don’t use it that often, but Bobby does. I love to see him gently watering our little seedlings in the garden with the watering can. It is so sweet…and so is he!
The rough painted box seems to find it’s way to the potting bench each year! This year I put a pot of allysum in it. I love their little snowy flowers!
Above the potting bench is a galvanized tin cubby!
These cubbies get filled with all kinds of things throughout the planting season.
Right now I have some pots and succulents in some compartments. I’ll be planting them in a vintage colander soon and new things in the cubbies will appear!
I’ll be sharing more about the potting bench and the kitchen herb garden as the summer goes along. I’m especially excited to share some fun changes in June!!!
You know, you don’t need to have a specially built potting bench to HAVE a potting bench. How about using an old table or even a dresser. Let the weather turn it into a rustic, unique place to plant your flowers! I think that would look so romantic and be very useful!!! What other piece could you turn into a potting bench?
Here are two other posts about my front porch you might want to check out too!
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