Planning Your Greenhouse Interior

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Once your greenhouse structure building is finished, then it’s time for planning the greenhouse interior. The two most important items are plant benches and storage areas. Properly planned storage and sturdy, well-placed benches can make your greenhouse gardening much more enjoyable.

Greenhouse benches are table-like structures placed around the interior perimeter of the house at about counter height. They are used to hold plants, propagation trays, and seed flats. Bench tops are usually constructed with regularly spaced openings that allow air to circulate freely around the plants and their containers. Benches are frequently made of wooden slats or lath, either redwood or cedar. If other woods are used, they must be treated with a preservative to prevent damage from moisture and insects. Some benches have wooden frames with wire or hardware cloth coverings. Occasionally bench frames or legs are made of metal.

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Greenhouse benches are usually around 2 or 3 feet deep. That will allow you to reach to any part of your benches easily. Some benches are built like stair-steps. This is an efficient way to save space, since you can get many more plants on the vertical stair-steps than you could on a flat bench.

If you use the space under the benches for growing plants, you will need to protect those plants from excess water dripping from the bench above. Here’s a solution — attach a drip tray made of fiberglass or metal to the underside of the bench, angled so the water runs to the back of the bench, channeling excess water away. This trap will still allow for good air circulation through the bench openings.

Greenhouse gardening, like other types of gardening, requires special tools, plant containers, potting mixes, fertilizers, and so on. You can have all this equipment handy when you need it if you provide adequate storage space either within the greenhouse itself or in an adjacent or nearby area.

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Some gardeners find the handiest spot is inside the greenhouse, either under the benches or on an unused bench or wall. If your greenhouse has solid walls up to the bench level, under-bench storage is perfect, and it won’t look messy from the outside.

The various ingredients for potting mixes should be kept dry; covered plastic garbage cans work well for this type of storage. Garden tools and other small items can hang from hooks on a pegboard. Keep pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals tightly sealed and in a closed cabinet for safety. Be sure these chemicals are clearly labeled. Hoses and other watering equipment should be rolled up or stored out of the pathway when not in use. Many gardeners combine a storage area with a potting bench for needed work space.

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