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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 7:22 AM CST
Right now a wooden potting table which I bought for a fair amount of money a number of years ago (I honestly can't remember when, I would say prob. at least 7 years ago) is a pile of rotting wood by the trash..... Are there any potting or other yard tables that members have found to be durable and good value for money?
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 17, 2014 8:48 AM CST
Hetty I use a sheet of half inch plywood on a fiber glass table frame as my potting table and it has been serving me well for the last 12 years. I didn't put any preservative on it or paint it. What I do though, is never let anything sit directly on it when I'm not using it and after I do use it I always brush off any soil that may be on it. On the occasion I do have to leave something on it I always sit it on a wire rack so there is air circulation underneath. I even brush off leaves and pine needles regularly. There is not one speck of rot on it anywhere. As long as it can dry out completely it should last a long time. The underside actually looks brand new so I might flip it in a year or so.

You could use wood and paint it with marine varnish.

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Nov 17, 2014 8:48 AM CST
Hetty, did you see this article? Maybe it will be useful for you. Smiling

http://garden.org/ideas/view/Ecscuba/2137/Easy-No-Maintenanc...
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Thank you both for the input. Things do sit on the table so a sheet of plywood is not really an option.

I think I may need to replace it with a metal table and I have seen cook's prep tables on Craigslist from time to time, they are stainless steel so should hold up in the elements.
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Nov 17, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Good idea, Hetty--easy to clean and no rust. Thumbs up
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 17, 2014 10:46 AM CST
Hetty - When I got rid of the granite from the kitchen I thought it would be ideal for the top of my potting table. Wrong! It looks great and it's nice when the temperature is moderate or it would be good in shade...but the sun heats up the granite (as it would the stainless steel) that it makes it unusable for hours at a time.
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An umbrella is useful and does help but it manages to be in the wrong spot all the time and has to be moved to avoid the sun.

Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Nov 17, 2014 11:50 AM CST
Does it have to be rectangular or square? I use one of those round metal mesh outdoor tables that I got at Walmart.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 11:50 AM CST
Good to know and yes, here in Florida I could probably fry eggs on a stainless steel top in the sun!
OK back to the drawing board again.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 11:51 AM CST
woofie we posted at the same time. A metal mesh top would be fine and I prefer rectangular but I bet there are rectangular mesh tables available too. I'll be on the lookout.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Nov 17, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Here's one:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Fall-River-Rectangula...
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Thank You! Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 17, 2014 12:22 PM CST
They are great, probably the best. I have an oval one for surplus plants, also in the area with the potting bench, and I love it. No worries about it being or getting too hot, perfect drainage for watering plants, and the hole in the middle for an those times when we go through hot spells.

The height is ideal for working with plants.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2014 12:53 PM CST
I'll be keeping an eye out at yard sales....
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 17, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Ours was bought in 1998 as part of a dining set but was too small. It's ideal for pots.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Nov 17, 2014 3:28 PM CST
I have a large oval patio table that once belonged to my former boss. The tempered glass top doesn't get too terribly hot, but I think something like that mesh top would work better.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 2, 2014 1:55 PM CST
I really like the mesh top idea. I too will be watching yard sales, Goodwill, and such for one.
Thank you for the idea.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Dec 2, 2014 4:12 PM CST
Check Wal-mart, too. They sometimes have them for a reasonable price.
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