Saturday, October 22, 2016

Autumnal Busy Work

It isn't working well to shove all the outdoor plants into the greenhouse with tomato plants growing over all the rest. I decided after nine years that having a potting bench in the greenhouse is not the very best use of space.

My thoughts before the move:

It's a beautiful cedar potting bench and it's been all over this greenhouse. This was not its final spot; here the back was to the door, making a little alcove in which to fill pots. I finally turned it around and had to stand on it to reach the plants on the tall shelf behind.

At 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide, it takes up a lot of real estate in a small greenhouse. I weighed the pros and cons and decided sweeping up potting soil in the mule barn is a small price to pay for more floor space in the greenhouse. White pots shown above are going with it to the Mule Barn empty for now.

Where it's going is at right angles to the window, just past the window. That will leave a space behind to access the back wall shelves placed since this pic was taken. Photos above are from the Greenhouse and Mule Barn's earlier days

After the Move:

Same perspective as the pic above, except a little closer. I left room to walk all the way around the potting bench. It distresses me to have everything lined up around the room and a big space in the center. I like to be able to reach from every direction and have little corridors between furnishings.

I remembered after the move that the Mule Barn has no water source except next door in the Greenhouse. Potting doesn't take much water and plants will usually go directly to the greenhouse.
The Mule Barn does have plenty of electrical outlets.

Back to the greenhouse with a couple of panorama pics showing the space the Potting Bench took.

The step stool and cart are for everyday plant care. Moved to the front, they'll leave room for a little table and a couple of chairs. Boards on the cart are for improvising tables and shelves for the few plants yet to find room indoors, a couple of ferns and some potted Agapanthus.

I was so pleased with the Agapanthus I potted last fall, so added another couple of pots.


  1. You inspire me dear Jean. Glad the potting bench is all set up nicely in it's new home and look at the space you have in your greenhouse. All the more to fill up with plants. :-)

    Have a lovely Sunday and a great week ~ FlowerLady

  2. Really, really wish I had a place to put agapanthus so they would bloom. I had one measly bloom this summer but I think it was due to the hot and extremely dry summer we had.

  3. Agapanthus in my garden had one measly bloom, too. Potted Agapanthus had multiple blooms in the pots. I gave away the white Agapanthus I grew from seed which left here with a bud; my friend sent a photo in the mail of the white and the blue, blooming. Claus Dalby says to let them get a light frost over the pots before bringing them in.

  4. Hooray for more greenhouse space! You're always thinking of ways to better utilize your greenhouse. I continue to think of your advice to think vertically and have added some more shelving in my greenhouse. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  5. As smooth as the mule barn floor is, clean-up should not be too difficult. I like the walk around space too. I might consider dragging a hose into the barn if I had a lot of potting to do....but then the pots would weight more. You could load them into the garden cart or the mule. Lots of possibilities.

    Max took all my potting supplies out of the milk barn (where he milks Jewel) and didn't want me to put anything back....I may be toting things too. He left my peat bag out in the rain! He is not a gardener in any sense of the word.


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