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What is a potting bench and what one should I buy?

Having everything to hand when you are sowing seeds or potting on plants and seedlings can make everything so much easier for the gardener, being able to keep your work area neat, tidy and easy to clean is just as important, which is why many gardeners, of all abilities, like to have a designated area, or potting bench set aside for these tasks.

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Most potting benches comprise of a large flat surface with three sides enclosed, this means that spilled compost will not go far and be wasted, and can easily be swept back into the bag; it also means that if you are mixing two types of compost together, or adding fertilisers, gel crystals etc, you have a nice flat surface to do the mixing on.

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Other essential parts of a potting bench are shelves – you can never have enough of them! Ideally making space for the immediately needed tools for the job in hand, but also an area to put completed pots and trays, as all gardeners know, you always need somewhere to put, string, snips, spare pots, fertiliser sachets, pencils, labels… the list is never ending!

Potting benches can come in many shapes and sizes, styles and forms, choose one that best suits you, your space and needs, stylish or purely practical, the choice is yours.


View our range of potting benches for sale on our website.

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Written by: Graham Ward

I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember, my first earliest memory being planting Graham Ward
seeds in my Grandfather’s prestige flower bed and having a prize lettuce growing there, which he proudly left to show everyone.

Since then, gaining knowledge and experience from both my Grandfather and my Father, I’ve continued to garden, both as a hobby and later on as a professional gardener and landscaper for 12 years. I love all aspects of it, from the design and build, to the planting out of summer borders with plants you’ve either grown from seed or raised from plugs. Unusual varieties always catch my eye and I’m keen to try growing them, even if sometimes it means learning from my mistakes.