ISSUE 5  |  Potting Sheds

10 Easy Pieces: Potting Shed Brushes

February 05, 2014 7:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

What makes a perfect brush? We think it is one that is made from natural materials, hard working, and great looking. Our ideal potting shed has a kit of brushes that can tackle a variety of duties. Here’s our collection. 


Above: Made of sustainable wood and natural bristles, the Nutscene Flowerpot Brush is shaped for cleaning compost, roots, and other unwanted remnants from flowerpots with ease; $18 CAD at Tinder (flat fee shipping to US and in Canada).

For more options, see our earlier post Garden Shed Essentials: Flowerpot Brushes


Above: The Garden Dustpan and Brush is made for use outdoors in the garden or in the garden shed. The dustpan is powder-coated steel with a wooden handle and a leather hanging loop. The brush features strong tampico bristles perfect for sweeping up dirt and gardening debris; $58 at Brook Farm General Store. 

Above: A miniature broom to keep your bench, pots, and tools tidy, the Palm Fiber Bench Brush is $13.95 at Kaufmann Mercantile.


Above: S-shaped to comfortably fit your hand, the Redecker Scrub Brush is crafted in Germany of rugged natural palm fibers for tough scrubbing. It is a generous 8 inches long and 2.25 inches wide; $4.95 at Crate and Barrel. 

Above: Designed for jewelers’ benches, the Natural Bristle Washout Brushes are handy for cleaning crevices, shelves, and other skinny spots; $14.95 at Rio Grande.


Above: Made from natural cereal root, the Iris Hantverk Washing Up Whisk is a sturdy scrubber most often found in the kitchen, but well suited for cleaning tasks in the garden workroom; $11.99 at Flotsam and Fork. 


Above: Sweep your potting surface (and underneath) with a classic Dutch style handbroom. The Dutch Brush is handwoven with sweetgrass and red twine; $18 at Brook Farm General Store. 

Above: I use the Round Vegetable Brush for brushing dirt clumps off my bulbs. It’s also perfect for cleaning your freshly picked vegetables. With a comfortable beechwood handle and natural tampico fiber bristles, it’s $12 at Brook Farm General Store.

N.B.: Looking for kitchen brushes? Michelle rounded up our 10 Favorite Vegetable Brushes

Above: Every bench needs a flat bench brush to clean dirt, dust, and debris from the surface. The Iris Hantverk Dust Pan Brush is made in Sweden of oiled beech and horsehair; $25 at Ancient Industries. 

Above: Gardeners need a good nail brush at hand. The Iris Hantverk Wood Nail Brush is made from oil-treated oak and tampico fibers; $19.95 at Williams Sonoma. 

We are slightly obsessed with brushes. See a few of our new favorites: Brushing Up on Traditions and Brushes Handmade in Buckinghamshire.