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23/03/2014 at 21:52

Now that my GH is nearly built, I need to think about staging.  I have a potting bench (pictured below), one of those racks for seed trays and that's it, I forgot all about something to put my pots on!!

I was thinking of putting cucumbers at the back, tomatoes at the right hand side (as it gets more sun - is that right?) and my potting bench and seed rack on the left hand side.

Does anyone have recommendations, wooden, metal, 2 tier, 3 tier??  My GH is 6"x8" and looks like the picture


23/03/2014 at 22:58

I bought a very cheap flat pack wooden shelving unit in a supermarket (in France) and adapted it to be a longer 2 shelf one for the GH. I painted it with a non harmful wood preserver. In spring I put planks of wood on trestles as a temporary shelf for seedlings which I take down later to make room for the tomatoes. I have a potting bench as well, on the left. My toms go on the right.

23/03/2014 at 23:06

I've just had an idea (watch out!!) I have some pallets which we were going to burn but I told OH not to chop up as I might find a use for them.....I could make a staging unit out of them??  Any suggestion it Edd that makes things with pallets??

23/03/2014 at 23:10

I think it is and Gardengirl has started, there is a thread called "pallets".

23/03/2014 at 23:12
23/03/2014 at 23:19

I use these and I think they are great for basically a tenner each. I just make sure I tie the shelves on with string otherwise they wobble around a bit! 
Here's a link where you can buy them as a pack of 2 but you can buy them singly from places such as Asda & Wilkinsons. 

I have the same size GH as you and I have 2 of these staging units on either side

24/03/2014 at 08:01

I have been known to dabble into making things from pallets .

Have a look online as there are many designs. You can make them look very posh as well with a few nice tweeks.

Definitely worth a go and highly recommended by me.

These are very handy if you need extra space indoors or out.



24/03/2014 at 08:07

Fab, thank you Lizzie and Ed.  Both my boys are doing product design at school, maybe I could persuade them 

24/03/2014 at 08:38

I think it would be well worth trying to make your own, as bought aluminium staging is very expensive.

On one side of my greenhouse I use trestles, with two layers of planking to form two stages. These work well and were cheap to make.

I find that I am always looking for more space for seed trays, cuttings, mini plants etc., so put in as much staging as you can.


03/04/2014 at 21:59

Wow! EDD - I'm full of admiration for your tinkerings!  My 'garage' currently houses several wannabee pallets that I rescued from skips last autumn. They're nicely dried out now, so I'll "Get on It" as Uncle Ray W says...

03/04/2014 at 22:22

I recycled a slightly knackered examination table from work and added bits of a palette to form a second lower shelf!

03/04/2014 at 22:24

How very strange that someone should post and bump this up when I am looking at staging.....spooky  

Not seen you post for a while Steve 

I have a potting bench so think I am going to pinch a shelving unit out of Oh's garage for now, he won't miss it 

04/04/2014 at 12:54

Edd those things are amazing, and good to look at as well as being a practical re-cycling of stuff - only just spotted this thread. 

01/06/2014 at 13:42
01/06/2014 at 13:45
Hi End
Not sure if my post was received
Did you make the recessed potting bench? What was is the alloy please as going to attempt this many thanks
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