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Potting Table

Whether functional or decorative, a potting table can add a style to your outdoor area. Some potting tables are just a simple table, much like any indoor table or card table. Other ones are elaborate storage devices, with drawers, nooks, hooks and other utility features.

When buying a table, decide first what you need it to do. If it will be your only gardening platform, you may want a table that functions for many uses. However, if the table merely needs to function as a shelf to hold plants or containers, a simple one will work for you.

Wood is commonly used in the manufacture of potting tables. Western red cedar is a popular wood used in the manufacture of tables. This type of wood is an ideal choice for a potting table. Western red cedar is weather resistant and also resists insects, termites and moths. Cedar is frequently used as lining in closets and chests for this specific reason. Western red cedar is beautiful in its natural stain, but can also be stained or painted, if desired.

Teak is also used for potting tables. Teak is a wood from Asia that is highly prized for its durability, resistant to water, humidity and cold, and its resistance to insects. Teak can sometimes be more expensive than other woods, so a table made with teak may exceed your budget expectations. However, many people consider teak to be worth the extra money because of its long lifespan and utility.

A potting table with shelves is a great use in gardening. Shelves can hold empty or full containers, potting soil, tools and other necessary utensils. Shelves are also great for displaying blooming flowers. Decorators often use potting tables as a decorative element in creating an attractive outdoor space. Look for shelves that are well built and capable of holding a good deal of weight.

Drawers add additional storage capability. Pullout drawers are great for storing smaller items, such as small spades, gardening gloves and automatic water feeders. Drawers also help keep your gardening area looking neat and tidy. Although a potting table with drawers can sometimes be more expensive than a simple table, it is usually well worth the extra dollars.

Wheels are a great addition to a potting table. Wheels make it easy to move your potting table from place to place and eliminate the need to unload the table before moving it. Wheels on a potting table can also be helpful in preventing back injuries and pulled muscles. If you are investing in a table with shelves and drawers, you might also want to look for one with wheels.