Setting Up A Potting Bench For Gardening Success

Growing up, my mom was always in the garden. Not only do I think she did it to beautify our home and increase curb appeal, but I believe it was a form of therapy for her.  I could tell how much she loved it and how much joy it brought her.  There’s nothing like having your hands in the soil and truly connecting with the earth!  I feel so lucky that she passed that love of gardening onto me.

Since becoming a homeowner some 16 years ago, gardening has truly become one of my favorite pastimes.  I especially love gardening in the spring, and what’s even more fun is a first spring in a new house and discovering all of the treasures that have laid dormant over the winter since we’ve lived here.

This is a time to wander and explore your yard and learn what grows/when, if plants need to be split or moved, and if new plants or landscaping should be added.  In this new house, I’ve learned so far that we have a bunch of groupings of Daffodils, a few groupings of Irises, and a ton of daylilies that  border our entire property.  I can’t wait to see what this area will look like at this time next month.  Something tells me I’ll be chatting a lot about Hostas, as this space was overgrown with Hostas when we moved here hence its Knick name “Hosta House.”

In my adventures of gardening over the past decade, one thing I’ve never owned was a potting bench.  Every year I say I’m just going to build one, but I never get around to it.

  So when Better Homes & Gardens asked us to share our favorite outdoor activity, I knew a potting bench would be in my future.

I ordered the Better Homes & Gardens Cane Bay Gray Outdoor Potting Bench.  With this new potting bench, I wanted to make sure I got the best use out of it, so I decided to share some tips for setting up the perfect potting bench.

What you’ll need to set up your potting bench for gardening success!

Garden tools:

  • Spade
  • Utility knife (great for splitting hostas)
  • Pruning shears, scissors, shovel, string/twine
  • Plant markers, sharpie
  • Gardening gloves


Better Homes & Gardens challenged us this month to do a DIY using their products, so I decided to pick up a few of the Better Homes & Gardens laundry tins to customize.  I grabbed the Better Homes & Gardens Laundry Caddy, to for easy transport of my tools when I need to work on the other side of the yard.  I also picked up the  Better Homes & Gardens Laundry Detergent holder to hold my plant food and extra seeds, and the small laundry detergent holder to hold extra gardening gloves, biodegradable seed starter pots, and garden markers so they don’t get wet. 

The tins are metal, so I wouldn’t want to keep them out all the time, but they serve as the perfect way to corral everything and keep things neat and organized.  

Now for the DIY Part.  I feel like this a great time to disclaim that I, for one, am not a great crafter.  I literally have zero patience for crafting, but give crafters ALL THE Credit!  With that being said I decided to update the large tin using spray paint and Silk screen stencils.

My first step was to tape off the lettering that I wanted to cover, I also used some press ‘n seal to protect the rest of the tin from overspray.

I then gave the tin 3 light coats of spray paint and let it dry.

I then removed the tape and press and seal.  ***Learn from my mistake and use a good quality painter’s tape for a nice clean line.  But, I just told myself that it was rustic and added character, lol.  Next I cut my stencils down to size and placed them as evenly as possible onto the tin.  Using a Sponge Brush, lightly painted the over the stencil and then carefully removed it.

It’s far from perfect, but I think it’s kinda cute.

Potting Bench// Brown Ceramic Pot Large//  Brown Ceramic Pot Small// Better Homes & Gardens Soil// Better homes and Gardens Striped Planter// Galvanized Farmhouse Bucket


I then updated the caddy using the same technique, but instead of using spray paint, I taped off the section and used latex paint.  I came up with something super clever, lol:  “TOOLS.”  I seriously couldn’t think of anything else.

Then on the last tin, I decided to utilize some leftover wallpaper from my bathroom project.  I cut out a small floral design from the wall paper and stuck it to the front.

Overall, I think the 3 of them coordinate so well and look  great styled on my potting bench.

So what do you think? 

Can you think of anything I’m missing from my potting bench?  Let me know below 🙂





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  1. Marlene Wilson
    April 17, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    Carli, I love what you have done with your potting table. It looks so nice and loving the plants you have chosen.

    • madebycarli
      April 19, 2021 / 11:08 am

      Thanks Marlene, I’m obsessed with it!

  2. June 18, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this potting table and now I think I need one too!!!!
    Thanks for the who, what, where, when & how:0

    • madebycarli
      June 24, 2021 / 3:53 pm

      SO glad you love it! It serves as a great beverage station too!

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