I recently had an old child’s picnic table returned to me after a twelve year loan and decided that it was much too good to put into storage. Old wooden furniture such as chairs, tables, shelves and even picnic table sets can be turned into fun garden accents, storage trays, and more. Here are a few of the ways that I’m using my children’s old pine picnic table around the yard.
As a focal point
Do you have a ho-hum corner in your yard or an area that needs a little bit of pizzazz? One fun idea is to use the picnic table (and benches too!) to hold a collection of colorful pots and potted annuals. Be sure that the pots have drip trays beneath to avoid the risk of rot.
As a plant stand for seedlings
Before any seedlings can be transplanted outdoors, they need to go through a period of acclimation. A child’s picnic table set is portable enough that it can be moved between areas of deep shade to full sun, making it ideal for use as a temporary plant stand for your seedlings.
As extra storage space
I never seem to have enough storage in my potting shed which is why in the past, the set was often used to hold things like bushel baskets, a bucket of hand tools, sprinkler heads, watering cans and more. These tables might be small but hold more than you might think!
For maximizing container gardening space
For gardeners short on space, a picnic table is a great way hold a collection of herbs or small space vegetable plants at a workable height. What’s nice about setting the pots on a table instead directly on the ground is that it keeps crawly type pests out of your food crops.
As a drying rack for your gardening clogs and Wellies
After hosing off the gardening boots, what better place to dry them but on top of a picnic table? The slats means that boots will drive off faster and are up out of reach of the pets. These charming picnic tables also work well for air drying your gardening hand tools (after they’ve been washed of course) and provides freshly washed ceramic or clay flower pots a safe place to drip dry.
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