Greenhouses benches benches are available in many different designs. They may be fixed or movable, fabricated from wood, steel or other materials and made in different styles to accommodate a variety of growing methods. They should be well designed to ensure proper air circulation, drainage, watering and heating. They should also be constructed of durable material to withstand repeated use and cleaning.
When considering benching options keep in mind the type of plants to be grown and how they will be handled. Will the greenhouse be used for sowing seed in large flats, starting plants for transplant to outside gardens or for hydroponics systems? If so, what size flats will be used and how heavy is the potting soil or hydroponics system? These factors will affect the amount of bench space required.
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A common greenhouse bench design is the longitudinal bench layout that has benches running the length of the greenhouse. The advantage of this type of layout is it allows easy access to the plants for watering, sterilization and harvesting. However, the disadvantage is that the aisles are long which can be time consuming when moving materials around or to and from the benches. Additionally, it reduces the amount of grow space since there are long gaps between the benches that are not being used for planting.
Another option is the peninsula bench layout which consists of a main aisle and perpendicular benches that run across the width of the greenhouse. The main benefit of this type of benching system is it provides easier access to the plants for work and movement, but the benches are narrow which limits the growing capacity.