Garden Washing Sink

This is one of my favorite garden projects made from recycled materials. It is so handy to have a tabletop workspace, a place to clean veggies before taking them to the kitchen, and it even recycles water back into the garden. This is my original wash station, which I made in 2009 and is still in use today by our daughter, Shannyn, at the Pitt Meadows Community Garden.

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The new wash sink made from old materials lying around our yard.

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I started with 2 leftover landscape ties or 4×4 posts (In this case it was one of each) cut at 34″ high. I sandwiched them between 2×4’s cut at 24″ inches long. Two 2×4’s at the top, and one on the bottom for support and a shelf.

I topped the wash table legs with 2×8’s that were removed from our old back deck. These top boards were screwed into the 2×4’s, leaving a 3″ overhang all around. I left a rough opening for the sink and then use a jigsaw to cut out the exact size needed.

IMG_0289This is the sink we removed from our old kitchen, but you can find one for $5 to $10 at a ReStore or Recycling Centre. I used a router to smooth the edges of the top planks and cut some 1×6 boards to build a lower shelf on my wash stand.  I kept all the plumbing pipes when this sink was removed from our kitchen. If you are getting a sink from the ReStore, then choose one that still has pipes attached, so the water can be directed away from your feet!

IMG_0291In the above photo, the plumbing is reattached and directed to a 5 gallon pail. The pail of wash water can be transported to wherever it is needed in your garden. I also added a small flower box for a touch of whimsy.

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My new sink is all set up in the front yard!!

I’ll use the garden hose for a water source whenever I need to rinse of vegetables or clean containers. I twisted the sink plumbing to drain directly into my garden, instead of a 5 gallon pail, but I could put a small bucket here to catch water if needed.

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Now, it’s ready for some waterproof stain and then daily use 🙂

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1 thought on “Garden Washing Sink

  1. I am so excited to see that a fellow gardener, was able to build their own Garden Washing Sink using my plans! Awesome job Nick

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