Recently on the blog Gardening Gone Wild Deborah Lee Baldwin (the Queen of Succulents) shared a few images of what she labeled “the perfect potting area” as well as a link to video that includes her own version.
I don’t have a potting area, or even a potting bench, and I’m fine with that. If I did I would want it to be out if sight and our lot isn’t big enough for that. Instead I just plop down in the driveway behind my car, in front of the garage and next to a bamboo filled stock tank. Clean up is easy, I just sweep up any soil, leaves, or gravel left behind. However my “can do without that” attitude changed when I saw this. THIS is my PERFECT potting bench… It’s huge, strong and on wheels! The bottom shelf could hold pails of soil, gravel, and chicken grit along with a bin for my tools. The top has a lovely metal surface on which to work (ignore that wodden trap contraption sitting on it...I should have moved it for these pictures). And those wheels would make it easy to move in and out of the garage (we don’t park our cars in there anyway), where it could remain out of site until I needed to use it. Plus it could double as a bar or buffet when we entertain! I was in love! Never mind that it was $295…and used to be a gurney. Oh and look at these! The small pail would be put to work on the lower shelf of the potting gurney, full of soil. The tall one would be a planter, for a huge Agave of course. And whose garden wouldn’t be improved with their very own slide? It could be yours… Finally these metal screens were just screaming to be used for all sorts of climbing plants. My clematis would finally have a worthy backdrop. Are you wondering where I found all of these fabulous things? Seek the Unique, in SE Portland. Just remember I’m going to be so jealous if you buy my potting gurney.