Whether you're an avid gardener or just a novice, potting benches make gardening much more efficient. Potting plants is a lot of work, requiring certain tools and creating a lot of mess. With a potting bench, all the tools you need are close at hand and the mess is contained. Potting benches needn't be fancy. In fact, they needn't be benches at all. Instead of building or purchasing a state-of-the-art bench, repurpose an old grill into a rustic-chic workspace.
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Things you need
- Old grill
- Wire brush
- Soapy water
- Clean water
- Old towels
- Tool kit
- Outdoor spray paint
- Shallow plastic tub
- Gardening tools: soil, pots, hand rakes, gloves, etc.
Roll an old grill to a large, open space. Soak the grill down with soapy water and scrub it, inside and out, with a wire brush. Remove all of the soot, grime and dirt that you can.
Rinse the grill thoroughly with clean water and dry it with old towels. You may need to rinse it several times before the towels stop pulling away soot.
Remove the propane tank (if there is one), grilling racks and burners with tools from your tool kit. Discard the propane tank as per your local ordinances. Save the burners and grill racks.
Spray paint the entire grill with outdoor spray paint in the colour of your choice. Not only does paint give the grill a new look, it also protects your new potting station from the elements.
Fill a shallow plastic tub with potting soil. Set the tub down inside your grill for safekeeping. This way, you have easy access to moist, fertile soil at a glance. Set packets and bags of seeds down into the grill next to the soil. The seeds should be labelled and dated so you know if they're viable.
Place trowels, gardening gloves, hand rakes, stakes, wire and wire clippers down in the utensil holder at the front of your grill. If your grill doesn't have one, add screws to the front of the grill, or the wings on the sides, and hang the tools from them.
Place bags of extra soil, fertiliser, fencing and any other bulky items under the grill where the propane tank used to sit. Place everything upright, avoiding stacking the items. Set empty pots upside-down on both of the grill's wings.
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