Garden Organization Ideas: How to keep your potting area tidy

These garden organization ideas are sure to make your potting area look great and help you stay organized. See how you can keep track of all your tools and supplies!

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As my succulent collection has increased, the disarray in my gardening area has become more pronounced. I have accumulated various tools and supplies and the clutter had become overwhelming, prompting me to take action.

Do you recognize this?

I’m so glad I stumbled across some amazing products that made organizing my gardening area a breeze. I’m really pleased with the end result – it looks fantastic! Plus, I can now easily find whatever I’m looking for without any hassle.

I’m hoping to pass on some of the tricks and tips I’ve picked up during my experience of organizing my garden. I’m sure you’ll find some of them useful for keeping your own garden in order!

I realized it was time to get a potting bench so I had a dedicated area to store my potting supplies.

Another advantage of having a potting bench is that it allows you to work in a comfortable standing position when gardening.

I will ensure that I maintain a good posture while working to avoid back pain when I’m finished.

I devoted considerable effort to researching and comparing potting benches to determine which one would fit my needs and preferences. Here are some of the criteria I used to make my decision:


    I’m looking for an outdoor storage shed that is reasonably priced (under $150), sturdy enough to withstand wind, and has enough space to store tools and other items, plus a lattice area to pot plants.

I was delighted when I located the ideal potting bench on Amazon. It was incredibly long-lasting for the cost and I could easily buy it by clicking the link.

I initially thought painting the potting bench before assembling it would be a good idea, but I realized that spraying the pieces after assembly would have been a better choice. As a result, the bench is slightly brighter in color, but I would have had more control and a better outcome if I had painted it after it was put together.

I recalled why I’m not a fan of huge DIY tasks. It took a while to finish painting the piece and I’m simply not very patient. Good thing I had good guidance. Sara’s ebook on painting furniture was incredibly helpful, so I made sure to follow it. If you’re interested, you can find the ebook here.

This potting bench has been such a blessing! I’m delighted that the two top pieces come off with ease, giving me easy access to the storage area. Additionally, the lattice area has been superb for repotting plants as any extra soil goes directly down to the bin underneath. It’s made cleaning up a breeze!

I’m really enjoying the plant shelf and hooks located underneath the potting bench; I originally thought I would use the hooks to hang tools but found that it’s an ideal spot for my Looking Sharp Cactus wine bottle planters and Hedge planter.

I really appreciate the plant shelf for having space to store smaller pots, such as those from Dalla Vita. It is the ideal weight and size for the shelf, and I have different containers on it as well. The shelf has a charming look, but it also looks neat and minimalist.

I began to sort my tools and plants once the potting bench was in place.

One of my major issues when it comes to organizing my potting area is determining where to store all my tools, which are often of a small size and often end up scattered in random places. To help, I decided to start by using a potting bench as my work surface, but I still needed something to keep all my tools in one place.

My husband discovered an amazing Craftsman tool bag, which we decided to acquire multiple of in order to store our handheld tools (e.g. drill, jigsaw). I also use one of them to store my gardening tools.

This is what I keep close to me:

    Bonsai Jack Pruning Shears: Regular Shears, Shovel, Scoop and Tweezers, Mesh Tape, Chopstick, Paintbrush (for cleaning plants), Floral Adhesive.

This bag has been incredibly helpful. Not only does it offer protection for my tools, it keeps them all stored in the same place so I know exactly where to find them. Additionally, it’s easy to move around if I want to take my work somewhere else.

I was delighted to add these plastic storage bins to my garden; they have a capacity of 4 gallons, which is ideal for storing a 3.5 gallon bag of Bonsai Jack soil. Not only does this keep the soil dry and secure, but I can also store my gardening tools in one of these bins when I’m done with them, protecting them from the rain.

I also take advantage of the bins for keeping things like soil toppers, ceramics, and other miscellaneous items. They are incredibly useful and conveniently sized.

Let’s discuss how to arrange my collection of succulents. I have a lot of them, and some are already in attractive arrangements, while the rest are just in separate containers. To find a more permanent home for them, I recently discovered a great and budget-friendly option: a wire shelving rack.

This wire rack is great for storing numerous plants, as it is very sturdy and can withstand a variety of weather conditions. Additionally, I appreciate that the shelves are not solid, allowing my pots with drainage holes to sit comfortably on the rack without needing to be raised for water to drain out.

An alternative to using mesh shelves is to place smaller pots on plastic fast food trays. I have a lot of 2″ or 2.5″ plants that I haven’t used from Mountain Crest Gardens and this is a great way to keep them from tipping over.

The trays are shallow to prevent excessive water accumulation, and they allow me to easily relocate my plants without needing to lift each one. This is especially useful when I’m bringing my succulents inside for the winter, as the trays safeguard my table from moisture, thus avoiding the need to bring my plants to the sink to water them.

I’m glad I got these trays; they’ve been a great acquisition!

Finally, I will demonstrate my answer to my pal Laura Eubanks’ “garden of death” and the system I’ve created for propagating foliage.

The “garden of death” is a place where succulents that are struggling can go to either survive or pass away. It is a refuge for succulents that have been decapitated or are otherwise in peril; however, this sanctuary excludes any plants with mealy bug infections.

I keep this container to save any extra cuttings and starter plants. Anything that no longer has a place to live or needs to grow can be put here.

I have allocated a section of my garden specifically for propagating leaves and have not been taking advantage of it recently, but this setup has been very useful. I hope to do more leaf propagation soon.

I ordered two large plastic trays that came with an order of succulents from The Succulent Source. Each tray contained around 30 of their 2.5″ succulents.

I used mesh tape to cover the bottom of the tray, as the mesh was too wide for my soil. After that, I filled the tray mostly with soil, and I now have a thriving garden of death and a propagation station. These are my two favorite additions to my garden, and I find myself using them frequently.

I’m relieved that I was able to get all my stuff in order. This was a huge help and I’m satisfied with the end result. No doubt there will be more clutter soon, but I’m content with the way things are now.

Re-phrasing: If you haven’t taken the time to get your potting area in order, I strongly suggest you do so. It makes it much simpler to work and stay organized when everything has its own place.


Are there vegetable plants that should not be planted together?

Paraphrase: Certain plants should not be planted in close proximity to each other due to their conflicting needs or allelopathic effects. Two classic examples are asparagus and onions, as the latter can impede the growth of the former; and beans and onions, as onions can also impede the growth of beans.

What should you not plant near cucumbers?

Plants in the brassica family have a diverse relationship with cucumbers, such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi. Other plants, such as melons, potatoes, sage, and fennel, also have a relationship with cucumbers.

What is the best garden layout for beginners?

A garden design with north to south rows is the most basic plan, as it ensures that the plants receive the most sunlight and air flow. An east to west direction may not provide optimal light and airflow due to the shade cast by the preceding row.

How do I organize my garden?

Reformulated: – Step 1: Draw the Layout of the Garden. …
– Step 2: Place the Plants on the Sketch. …
– Step 3: Begin with Plants of High Worth. …
– Step 4: Determine Which Vegetables to Cultivate Upright. …
– Step 5: Offer Climbing Crops Ample Room. …
– Step 6: Fill in the Remaining Space with Other Plants.

What vegetables should not be planted together?