A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

comments (3) June 24th, 2014

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Even at the low price of $1, there were no takers for my old ironing board at the community garage sale.
A little gardeners ingenuity and a coat of paint repurposed the old ironing board into a portable potting bench.
Even at the low price of $1, there were no takers for my old ironing board at the community garage sale.Click To Enlarge

Even at the low price of $1, there were no takers for my old ironing board at the community garage sale.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

I was a little disappointed my old ironing board couldn't find a new home at the community garage sale. Even a $1 price tag wasn't enough incentive for the shopper who bought the iron that went with it.

Then I had an aha moment. That old ironing board had all the qualities of a perfect, portable planting bench. It occurred to me that old board could be…

  • Moved to wherever it's most convenient to do the seeding, potting and planting.
  • Raised or lowered depending on whether I want to work standing up or sitting down.
  • Cleaned easily because soil falls right through the holes.
  • Folded and hung up in the garage for simple storing.

Once I had the idea, it took about an hour to give the board two coats of green paint leftover from a previous project. The board sat outside overnight to allow it to thoroughly dry.

Transforming an old ironing board into a portable potting bench is just another example of a gardener repurposing an ordinary household item for the garden. I'm especially happy with this effort, because the end result is so useful.

I know I'm not the only gardener who's found a new purpose for an old item. What ordinary household item have you repurposed for gardening? Please add your ideas or pictures here!


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Comments (3)

user-2911042 writes: I know this was months ago, but I can't help myself. I have to share how I grow my herbs. I use an old shoe organizer - the kind that hangs on a closet door. Poked holes in the bottom of each pocket, and use half of the peat pot to shield the roots from sun. They grow like mad, and it hangs off my second floor porch railing. I just reel it in when I need herbs!
Posted: 5:57 pm on March 9th
Simon86 writes: GREAT idea for an old ironing board. I might have to copy this one...


Posted: 3:36 pm on March 9th
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Posted: 10:43 pm on June 30th
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