From Euphrasia on January 27th, 2009 in Landscaping
When January rolls around and winter is in full-tilt boogie, I start trolling the garden centers for primroses. Even when I lived in southern California, where spring peeks over the windowsill in late February, I started jonesin’ for spring in January. Now that I’m in southern Oregon, where spring doesn’t show up until late March (at the earliest), you’d think I’d adjust my primrose hunts accordingly. But no. I’m already on the lookout.
Regions with longer winters have the gift of ease to them, as far as not having to work in the garden for months at a stretch. But for most garden lovers, the work of gardening is mostly pleasure, and we tend to find ways to do gardening related things even in the dormant season of wintertime. One way I’ve been assuaging my garden fever recently is by planning my new potting station.
Potting Station = Happy Place
Potting stations can be simple or elaborate. Whichever you opt for, your basic potting station needs include:
- A counter-height surface for working with comfort and avoiding back strain
- Watering can or easy access to garden hose
- Potting soil and fertilizer
- Gardening gloves
- Pots and potting containers
- Plants, plants, and more plants!
A couple of years ago I found a dandy self-assembly potting bench at Linens n Things.
Walmart has them, too. In fact, they’re quite common in most of the major home emporiums once the spring merchandise starts coming in. An online source that’s sure to bring your inner gardener alive is PottingBenches.com.
Suite101.com has an article about potting stations that echoes my sentiments exactly with these words, “There’s nothing nicer than having a potting station setup for playing around with your plants. Using the kitchen or patio is an option for those with limited space, but I like to have a nice workbench with all my materials laid out, ready for making messes.” The article talks about indoor and outdoor gardening, and gives useful tips and links for online browsing.
An intriguing potting station with patent pending on its design is Jeff Richmond’s creation. It is “an amazing revolutionary design to ease the joy of potting seeds, new flowers or transplanting your house plants. Made out of indestructible, heavy duty molded polyethylene. Green color is molded in so it will not fade or show signs of use. Ergonomic design allows you to pot your plants at this bench without bending over for soil. Large tub holds over 6 bags of soil. Great for mixing your own soil. Excess falls from working tray into contained soil below. Works with hanging pots also. Now you can plant them as they hang.”
These are just a few pre-season inspirations for fellow gardeners. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out to look for primroses.
Photo credit: acradenia