Every so often, when visiting a noteworthy garden, I see a potting area I envy. Like this one, in Modesto, CA, which doubles as a dog grooming station.
This lovely one, shoe-horned into a garden in Charleston, SC, has a sink. And I thought it was a luxury to simply have a hose bib!
This one is a bit over-the-top, but hey, if I could, I’d have a palatial potting area, too.
This one, at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, isn’t fancy, but it’s three-sided, which is convenient and efficient. Being able to sit on a stool would be nice, too.
Most gardeners keep tools in their potting areas they wouldn’t be without. This is in the garden of John Bleck, a Santa Barbara succulent collector and hybridizer.
My own potting area (click on the link for a 3-min YouTube tour) is alongside an exterior wall of my home, under the eaves. Tools I consider essential include long-handled tweezers, an artist’s brush, Joyce Chen scissors, chopsticks, a steak knife and a lazy Susan. In the video, I explain why, and also give my potting soil formula.
How about you? What’s your potting area like, and what tools would you not be without?
[In response to Steve's comment to the effect of "show me the dirt!" here's the potting soil bin of one of the above. You can see the back of it on the countertop of the "palatial potting area" above.]