Selecting the most suitable bench for your garden and crops is essential for taking care of the quality of your plants, in order to reduce future costs. The more focus is spent on making better designs, manufacturing costs, etc., the more likely that the benches’ build quality will be good. The use of greenhouse benches features several advantages over other methods. Some benefits of using commercial greenhouse benches are the fact that plants are at an increased height for you to work on more easily, benches provide the perfect solution for displaying crops, benches provide good airflow and that benches reduce the likeliness of disease and bacterial control. In this article, we will explore the best commercial greenhouses benches. If you are someone looking for new options for your plants, continue reading to get some advice and tips along the way. Here are the options we have curated and selected based knowledge in the field:
Growing on and from the ground
Before we start, we’d like to highlight that not using benches in your greenhouse is also a possibility. You do not necessarily need a bench if you choose to let your crops grow from the ground itself. The first thing to do before growing your plants is to add some weed barrier for obvious reasons. The best part about this option is that it saves you the most money and you have the option to decide on the sizing and placement of your gardens of crops without having to take into account the bench capacity. The con to growing crops from the ground would be the extra thought spent on planning, spacing, and carrying crops and would require hot heat on the floor during winter.
More often than not, stationary benches feature some level of a wooden frame with a mesh tabletop made of steel and aluminum metal tops. Wooden materials are typically cheaper than metal but may require a certain level of upkeep. These benches are ideal for retail houses. The pro to stationary benches is the air and heat flow, made possible by the expanded metal tops, with the con being reduced efficiency due to the abundance of aisles within these structures.
Rolling benches used for the purpose of growing crops and plants allow you to reduce options to a single aisle while allowing you access to all parts of the bench to move or shift crops or their layout. The advantages of using rolling benches would be that they improve crop efficiency with almost most of the bench being covered and requiring little to no maintenance efforts. On the other hand, the disadvantage to this bench is the fact that with only a single aisle, it can be a little harder to do retail and will include a small price to pay for installation.
The fourth bench on this list is traveling benches. As the name suggests, these traveling benches move towards you with a bench system constructed to fill up a house. They rest on rollers for an easy way to move your bench to and from your gardening area with no problems or limitations. Before I move on to explain all the good points about this bench method, I will list out a few of the concerns raised with it being one of, if not the most expensive benching methods and it can be difficult to pack small orders due to the sizing and lastly, it takes a certain amount of time before a greenhouse can be considered to be fully utilizing their product flow. The advantages of traveling benches are that it dramatically makes laboring more efficient and can even use robots to perform certain tasks.
Flood benches were made for the purpose of sub-irrigation on crops and can come in many forms from simple poly-lined to mediocre fiberglass and even complex benches equipped with hard plastic liners for durability. These benches also can be positioned stationary, rolling, or a traveling type, as mentioned above in this article. The point to take away from this is the watering labor will be greatly reduced and crops will grow in a more stable and uniform manner with other crops. However, if you decide to use a bench system that incorporates irrigation methods, it is important to ensure that the bench is able to take the extra weight added on by the water as well as the initial weight of the crops. It will be worth it when done right! The pros of flood benches are that it produces the highest quality of crop while lowering labor costs and making use of reused water. The con is that it might blow a hole in some pockets.
Tiered bench displays
Tiered Benches are perfect for retailers who wish to display their items and make it extra eye-catching for shoppers, making it the most consumer-friendly option. The cons to this type of bench are the enhanced visual display it portrays which will likely lead to increased growths. However, the cons would be that it may be slightly more costly than a regular bench.
With that, we have reached the end of this informative list. Your bench decisions should be aligned with your business goals in order to achieve optimal results without over-exertion. Requirements for retail growers and wholesale growers remain largely different in that the former focuses on benches for customers instead of production and whether you would like to incorporate mobility, while the latter considers traveling benches as a way to reduce labor systems.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to consult an expert or a manufacturer who is able to understand your personal needs and can recommend the best type of bench system for you and your plants, to ensure your plants are grown with the highest quality and you manage to place labor costs down. Selecting the right style of bench will improve work standards while at the same time making use of efficient technologies. Which of the benches mentioned in this article was your favorite?