As the garden season shifts from growing to harvesting, it’s important to have a place to wash those freshly picked vegetables. That’s where a DIY veggie wash station comes in handy. Whether your garden is large or small, every gardener will benefit from having a veggie wash station. No more being hunched over washing the dirt from your harvest. Now, all you need to do is place the veggie on top and give them a thorough spray with the garden hose. This is especially handy for root crops like radishes, carrots, and potatoes, that tend to be covered with more dirt.
As an added bonus, this wash station can also double as a curing rack of onions and garlic. If you are looking for more curing space, a second ‘shelf’ can be added, exactly like the top frame, to allow you to cure even more vegetables.
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DIY veggie wash station
- wood – pressure treated is preferred – I used 2×4 boards
- 2 1/2 inch deck screws (about 20)
- hardware cloth (1/4 or 1/2 inch is fine)
- staple gun & staples
- drill & drill bits
- measuring tape
- circular saw
- paint, stain, or sealant
- spreader clamp
- safety glasses
Creating the design
The first step is to determine how tall your wash station will be. This should be based upon whoever will be using it most. Generally speaking, this can be a one-size-fits-all build. A standard height of 3 feet for the legs should be good for most people. However, if you are on the taller or shorter side, you may need to adjust the height. The next consideration is how large the top will be. The best way to decide on this detail is to look at the size of your garden. The larger the garden, the larger you may want your veggie station to be.
For mine, I went 3 feet long and about 30 inches wide. This is plenty big for the garden I have and even one that is smaller. However, if you have a very large garden, it may be a good idea to create a larger one, as you will be dealing with far more garden produce.
Putting it together
With your design worked out, it’s time to get building. The first step is to precut all of your wood. Doing this means you will be able to quickly assemble the wash station without having to stop to cut more wood. If you are new to using a saw, grab some scrap wood and make some practice cuts. Once you are confident that you can cut straight, then it’s time to cut the wood for this project.
Double-check that all the pieces are the correct length. You don’t want to find out one piece is the wrong length once you have it screwed together. Line up all of the pieces cut to the same length to ensure you are ready for the next stage.
Screwing together the top frame comes next. To make this easier, predrill your holes and then screw everything together. Make sure you do this on a level surface or your top frame may not sit properly.
Once the top frame is put together, it’s time to add the hardware cloth. You want to cut the hardware cloth slightly smaller than the frame so that the edge of it lays in the middle of the boards. Using a stapler, tack on the hardware cloth, ensuring it remains as flat as possible. Once you are sure it’s in a good position, staple around the edge of the hardware cloth every few inches. After all the staples are added, use a hammer to tap down the edge of the hardware cloth, and any staples that may be sticking up. This will help prevent catching your skin or clothes on any sharp edge.
Now it’s time to attach the legs. As before, predrill the holes to make the process easier. If you are making a larger wash station, you may need a second set of hands to help with this step. With the legs attached, it’s time to place the wash station near the garden for when your veggies are ready to harvest.
The station can also be placed over areas of the garden that may need watering. That way, you can wash veggies and water plants at the same time.
Is a DIY veggie wash station in your future? As a gardener, this is an item I highly recommend building.