Do you have an outside garden bench. I have been making do with the garden cleaning, potting, etc. with whatever I had. But, I think this year I will put a garden bench on my to-do list.
A place outside to work at can really be a big help to a gardener. What I want for my place to work near the garden is more than the traditional potting table. I am thinking about a place to pot plants, work on tools, etc. and clean vegetables before taking them in the house.
Have you priced the ready made potting tables in the catalogs? You would have to save a lot of money raising your own vegetables to pay for one of those. A quick browse online returned some of the finest looking carpentry you ever want, but that is not for me.
I’m thinking an old table out of a garage sale would work just fine for this project. It could sit under that tree out back for shade. But, if want to build one from scratch you can find plans for building your own, or there are kits available for you to assemble.
If I can’t find an old table I will have to build my own. There are several kinds of woods that can be used for a project like this.
Cedar makes a nice looking table and will stand up to the weather really well. This wood is often used for fence post, where available, and will last in the ground for several years.
Redwood is another great looking wood that weathers well. Depending on where you live redwood can be the highest priced wood available. Redwood is a great wood to work with. It is free of knots and will take paint well if you want to cover up that nice natural look.
Treated wood can work for an outdoor project like this. And, since the bench will not be in the garden it will not leach chemicals into the garden, but since I am a organic gardener, and wish to stay away from as many chemicals as possible, I would rather choose a different wood.
Natural hardwood, like oak, will last well if treated with oil. Even if left untreated, but keep off the ground it will last for a long time.
Untreated pine can be used for a work bench and will last for some time. I make raised beds out of pine and they last for many years in direct contact with the ground, so a table kept out of contact with the soil will last for many years.
Another feature I want on my work bench is a basin to clean my vegetables outdoors. I was thinking about putting a sink in the table and catching the runoff from washing the vegetables in a bucket to put back on the garden. The water would have dirt and vegetable parts in it and would be use to water plants in the garden.
A hose could be run from the outside faucet to the work bench for washing the vegetables, tools, or whatever. Sounds like a real nice project. Now, if it would only turn into spring I could get started.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
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