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What size should be the beds in the greenhouse and what to make them from

In fact, there is no definite answer to the question of what size and from what it is better to make beds in a greenhouse. There are too many nuances to consider here, and every gardener will have his own opinion on this matter. But it is always useful to consider different ideas, evaluate their pros and cons – you see, something interesting and you will be able to find for yourself
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When equipping a greenhouse, we determine the height and width of the beds, their number, location, features (ordinary, warm, heated, etc.) and fence options. And the choice depends on the size of the greenhouse, and on the materials available, and on the crops that are planned to be grown, and even on the characteristics of the climate.

Therefore, it will not be possible to derive a universal “formula for an ideal bed” for all occasions – it does not exist. Instead, let’s look at examples of different solutions, and how successful or unsuccessful they are, everyone will determine for himself.

How many beds do we need?
The answer to this question depends, first of all, on the width of the greenhouse: it is clear that the wider it is, the more beds will fit. Standard polycarbonate greenhouses are most often made 3 m wide, and they can accommodate either 2 wide beds, or 3 narrower ones (two at the edges and one in the middle). And if the greenhouse is wide, 4 beds will fit in it.

 

What’s the best? The way it suits you best. The main thing is that the chosen arrangement of the beds allows, without straining, to take care of the plantings (loosen, weed, tie up the plants), and the passages are comfortable and safe. You should not save on the width of the paths: in the narrow aisle between the beds it is easy to stumble, and it is very inconvenient to wade along it with watering cans or buckets.

In general, in my opinion, it is convenience that should be the main selection criterion. Do not listen to those who will convince you that everything needs to be done only in a strictly defined way and in no other way – do as you see fit. If only like this, for example:

Yes, traditionally, ordinary rectangular beds are made in the greenhouse, but who said that it is impossible to set up a decorative garden here and equip a recreation area? And if you want to frame the plantings not with boards or slate, but with boulders – why not? There are different options, and only you can choose the best one.

What width and height should the beds be?
When choosing the height of the beds, from my point of view, it is worth being guided by two main considerations: how comfortable it is for you and how comfortable it is for the plants. For example, high beds are easier to care for – no need to bend over. And will the size of the greenhouse be enough for growing tall crops – the same indeterminate tomatoes, for example? Usually, the height of the sides of a greenhouse bed does not exceed 15-20 cm. But it is not forbidden to make them higher or place the beds flush with the paths.

When choosing the width of the bed, think (or even better try it in practice right away) whether it will be convenient to weed the plantings, tie up the plants. And the plants themselves will not be cramped if they are planted in a wide bed in two rows? The answers to these questions only seem simple and obvious – in fact, a lot depends on the habits and inclinations of the gardener himself. Someone likes narrow beds with wide aisles, someone – on the contrary.

If it is convenient for you, and the plants give a good harvest and do not get sick, then the option you have chosen is the most correct one in your conditions.

What material to make the beds in the greenhouse?
From what you have at your fingertips. From what you yourself think is the best. And in this matter, there is no ideal solution suitable for everyone without exception. For example, someone considers slate to be very harmful – while someone fences all the beds in the garden with it and is sure that it will not bring any harm. Someone likes durable metal boxes, someone is closer to wood, someone prefers concrete. And someone does not enclose the beds at all, either in the garden or in the greenhouse.

In our catalog, which brings together the offers of large garden online stores, there is a wide range of ready-made solutions for beds that can be used both in greenhouses and in the garden. Here you will find designs from different materials for every taste and budget.

The only thing to understand is that each option has both pros and cons. Wood is relatively short-lived. The slate is fragile. The metal heats up quickly in the heat and freezes in the cold. Concrete structures are problematic to dismantle if you want to move the greenhouse to a new location. And so on – you can continue the list yourself. And before making a final decision, it is imperative to weigh and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the selected material.

The choice may also depend on agricultural technology. So, if you prefer to dig up the soil, it will probably be more convenient for you not to enclose the beds at all, while the supporters of loosening and mulching are more suitable for stationary structures with comfortable high sides.



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