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MAKE A POTTING BENCH

A potting bench is a really useful piece of equipment for any gardener. Joyce Russell makes one that can be hung on a wall when not in use
Pictures: Ben Russell

Some people choose free-standing benches to fit in a shed or a large greenhouse; for others with limited space, a portable and put-away bench makes sense. It can be used on a workbench, or on a kitchen table if you have a small garden and don’t have any other workspace.

This portable potting bench is easy to make, it looks lovely and works really well when sowing or potting-on plants.The sides keep compost contained and the clip-off front lip means the tray can be cleaned with one easy sweep. If you are handy with a few tools and want to make a Christmas gift for a gardening friend then this step-by-step guide shows you how.

MATERIALS

PLANED TIMBER:

■ 1 x 565mm x 150mm x 17mm for back

■ 2 x 580mm x 150mm x 17mm for sides

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About Kitchen Garden Magazine

So another year is over on the veg plot – I hope you’ve had a successful and rewarding one. As ever it brought its challenges – the late spring and hot summer certainly made things interesting. My polytunnel crops were the best ever (although one arm is now longer than the other from carrying watering cans) and many of you have told me you’ve had some wonderful soft and tree fruit. That, however, is in the past and we need to prepare for the fun and challenges ahead. With that in mind we have some great features for you this month. Fruit expert David Patch offers his advice on planning a fruit garden, while Ben Vanheems encourages you to leave the spade in the shed and to join the ranks of converts to no-dig gardening. As usual we have features on growing a diverse range of crops and get out and about to meet readers from the North East to the South West. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of their wonderful plots as much as I did.