When one thinks about an outbuilding, the first thing that comes to mind is normally a storage unit of some kind. It can be made of wood, plastic, metal or block but is for general storage purposes. However, there are some specialty outbuildings that range from home offices to playhouses for the kids but one of the most popular are the potting thats come in some amazing designs.
If you do not know what a potting shed is exactly, stay tuned. This type of shed is specifically designed for avid gardeners whether that garden is in the ground in the backyard, in pots and containers on the porch or in the home or solarium.
One of the main features is a workbench that has two elements that are imperative to potting; the bench is as a height where you do not suffer back strain and there is a well provided in the middle of the bench where you can mix your soils to get optimum results from your plants.
Every type of plant has optimum soil consistencies where they may need more than one mineral or another. Some need to have room for water to easily get to the roots so sand or vermiculite is mixed into the soil. The well is a great place to do the mixing and the bench is right there to pot the plants.
Some wells have a “dump” lever where you can place a wheelbarrow under it and dump the mixture into the wheelbarrow so the mixed soil can easily be transferred out into the yard or garden. There are almost always places to hang small spades and other necessary garden tools for easy access and use.
Another very important feature of a potting shed is light. This is why most of them are built with a bank of windows over the bench. Some also have shelves where you can place plants that are too young to go out into the garden right away or those waiting to be broken up and replanted the next time you are out in the shed.
Having a water source either built in or near is also a great feature. While you can plumb the well or add an additional sink, it's just as good to have a hose pipe or faucet near by. This makes it a lot easier to tend to any plants in the shed as well as cleaning the well out from time to time.
Most of the potting shed designs have floors that are either wood or wood covered with a rubber pad that makes standing in one place a little bit easier on the back, feet and legs. This is especially good for those who are a bit older and need all the help they can get with avoiding any type of movement that could indicate pain.
If you are unable to find exactly the potting shed design that you are looking for, you may be able to work with a contractor and modify one that is close. The one thing you do not want to do is invest in one that does not have some of the specifications that you require for both ease of use and your overall health.