Garden Bench vs. Potting Bench
I remember gardening when I was younger, and it was always a bit of a production. First there’s the matter of getting all the just-purchased annuals to their respective locations. Then it’s inside to get the proper shoes and gloves; then it’s outside again to get trowels, fertilizer, pots, and whatever else you carry in the same trip. And don’t forget the other trip or two from the garage, around the house, to the backyard toting giant bags of soil and mulch. Of course, all of that has to go back again when the planting is done.
And that’s just for one day, in one season.
It’s exhausting, and that’s without counting the time you spend on your hands and knees, planting. I’ve never lived in a place with a nice, mild, dry weather, so I learned early on that I prefer to have everything within reach, and in the same general area come spring time.
But that doesn’t work for everyone. In the few yards I’ve had, there were definitely times when I didn’t need anything extra taking up space outside, and there were also times when a potting bench just wasn’t going to cut it for storage.
A Better Alternative
The alternative that I wish I’d gotten into is a garden bench with storage. They take up more room than a standard potting bench, but they’ve got the storage to make up for it, not to mention the fact that it will give you a nice place to relax and admire your work when you’re all done.
Benefits of Added Storage
I like the storage aspect of a garden bench, because it saves you a few trips into the house and into the garage. And if you don’t have a garage, it gives you a nice place to dump all your supplies without piling them up on the porch. Potting benches are fantastically handy, but most of them don’t have the room to store big bags of soil, along with other supplies. With a garden bench, you can throw in your shoes, gloves, trowels, fertilizer, some pots, a hose, and probably still have room to shove one or two other things inside. It beats having to round everything up when you’re ready to start; just open up the bench and pile everything the your work area. If you’re doing some serious landscaping, or working with large planters, it’s definitely a convenient option.
In terms of saving you porch space, my favorite aspect of the potting bench is that it’s multi-functional. You don’t need to worry about making room for both your patio furniture and your storage: the garden bench with storage is both. Keep all your messy gardening stuff out of sight, while still having a nice place to sit down and share a drink or conversation. Garden bench also implies that it’s going to be decorative, and most garden benches with storage stick to that idea. It’s easy to find one that is attractive and at a reasonable price point.
I wish I’d gotten into garden storage benches when I was serious about gardening. It would’ve saved me a lot of trouble! A garden bench with outdoor storage is a good, functional piece of furniture for anyone looking to get the most out of their outdoor space.