Potting Benches

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Potting benches are multi-functional--and often beautiful--outdoor furniture. These practical and decorative pieces serve as gardening areas, of course, but also as servers and barbecue preparation tables. A particularly beautiful table is made of clear and knotty Western Red Cedar, which creates a country look and makes the piece more economical than all-clear cedar.

This backyard cedar furniture resists insects and rot; it is light, and comes already sanded so you can finish it or leave as is. Left unfinished, it will weather to a lovely silver/grey. With height/width/depth dimensions of 58 inches/48 inches/24 inches, and a bench height of 37 inches, this cedar is composed of wood from mostly managed forests.

Metal Potting Benches

One of the best garden utility carts is a stainless steel top potting table, which is so versatile it really is a garden and entertainment center. Meant to be used in small spaces, these compact potting benches are perfect for a balcony or deck. They consist of a stainless steel bench with bottom and top shelves, and a faucet under the top shelf that can attach to a garden hose or other water supply.

Accessories for these potting benches include a mesh basket that hooks onto one side for plants and tools. You can add a stainless steel basket that can be used to ice drinks. On top of all this, there is a wine glass attachment to safely hold glasses. Height/width/depth dimensions are 50 inches/36 inches/22 inches.

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