While out seeding new Swiss chard, lettuces and basil, it hit me that I needed a more effective way to pot new seedlings, transplants and such. Well, here's what I came up with: a kind of makeshift potting bench made from materials I had on hand. Humble, but it gets the job done.


There has been more interest in gardening with hand tools instead of gasoline powered rototillers and such, but when it all comes down to it, they're all tools designed to help us get more done with less time, energy and pain. So, here are a couple things you can do to build your own potting bench that will help organic your planting, seedlings and transplants. It doesn't have to be complicated or fancy.

  • Make a stand out of an old trash can–a sanitized one of course–saw horses, or an outdoor table.
  • Make seedling flats out of old wooden fruit crates, drawers or make your own peat pots our of newspaper.


Planting in seedling trays at first saves lots of water because you only have to water the tray itself, not the entire garden. It saves time because you only transplant the strongest plants, and you only plant them during their growing and production stages, thus getting the most out of your growing medium.


Grow'em big!


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