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A gardener’s workbench

Every gardener needs a place where the pots, potting soil, tools, plant tags, and all the odds and ends of gardening projects can be marshaled. That place is a potting bench. Of course, a potting bench is a practical thing, but it stakes an aesthetic claim in the garden, too, and makes a statement.

A potting bench in a comfortable corner of the garden becomes a hard-working spot where gardening tools and ambitions come together. Here combinations for summer flower pots can be tested before they move to center stage in the garden. Ideally, there should be shelves for storing extra pots, a rack for hand tools, and drawers or bins for hose nozzles, twine, gloves, knee pads, and snippers.

A potting bench in a garden shed, protected from the weather, can become a gardener’s private retreat, but even if it’s just in the shade under a tree or in a corner of the patio, it’s still like a gardener’s studio. Here are some ideas for potting-bench essentials:

  • A bin for potting soil: use a big nursery pot, or buy a trash can with a lid.
  • A plastic scoop is handy, or use a flower pot as a scoop.
  • Plastic flower pots: you’ll need them when you dig up perennials to share with friends.
  • Seed-starting supplies: fiber pots, plastic six-packs, and seed-starting potting soil.
  • Plant labels and a pencil or marker. Wooden labels are fine for seed starting; you’ll want longer-lasting plastic or durable zinc labels for perennials and shrubs.
  • Fertilizers, and a plastic bin with a top to protect them from rain.
  • A watering can and hose nozzles.
  • A trug or bucket for small hand tools: trowel, pruners, a weeding fork, twist-ties, and a ball of twine and scissors.
  • Gardening gloves.
  • Plant stakes and tomato cages.
  • A bench brush or whisk broom to keep things neat.
  • Make room for a couple of chairs, too, so you can step back from your projects, sit down, and admire the garden around you.
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  • If you plan to store winter squash and pumpkins for later use, go easy on applying nitrogen where they grow. And don’t heap on an extra shovelful of manure in late summer to increase fruit size. Too much nitrogen in the soil can reduce storability up to 75 percent. Allow squash and pumpkins to remain on the vine until leaves brown and stems wither. Cut off the vine, dry the harvest in the shade for a couple of days and finally wipe the fruits with a solution of household bleach and water. A half-cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water will kill fungal spores that cause rot on fruit rinds. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.