It is now the time of year to think about what you are wanting to plant in your garden for the upcoming year. The Plan Inn Raised Garden Bed Greenhouse from Palram will give you the leg up you need to kick off the season. Why are we spotlighting this greenhouse for the week? It is because of how useful these yard helpers can be. Let's get digging!
What is the science behind this garden bed? Simple, to keep your plants as hot as possible in weather that is too cold to normally plant. You would think that with all the sides being exposed to the elements that it would be colder than it really is. Especially with the bottom being a hollow storage spot for the gardening tools. We'll get more this storage compartment later.
Believe it or not clear plastic reflects the suns ray's poorly when compared to black plastic. Clear plastic also adds the benefit of heating up quicker than if the enclosure were black. Sure black is an excellent heat conductor, let's think about what happens with your car when the sun shines onto it. In the summer your car will heat up higher than the temperature outside if you have clear windows. If you add a window tint than the sun will hit the tint and the rays will slow down. It will take longer for the heat to penetrate into the car because of the barrier. Clear plastic lets the sunlight in, and it will bounce around before it leaves.
For this reason, professional gardeners will tell you to put down clear plastic over top an area that you are trying to clear the weeds out of. The clear plastic will raise the temperature of the soil to a higher temperature quicker than would happen if you were to just put black plastic over the top.
Now that we know this is how it works, why is this a benefit to you? It can be almost freezing at night, and your plants inside will be safe from the harsh temperatures. This will allow you to grow all of your spring, summer, fall, and even winter crops sooner. The nice thing about the Plant Inn is that it has a tray on the inside that sits deep. I was able to forgo filling the Plant Inn with soil, and used it to quick start my spring flowers by leaving them in their pot until transplantation. This gave them time to strengthen their roots and get used to being out in the sun. If your temperature is going to be above 50 degrees for the day. I have found, that you will want to open the ventilation on the Plant Inn before you leave. The spring flowers that I had growing during the Plant Inn test phase will not thrive to their best in temperatures above 80 degrees. With having the Plant Inn in a spot of my patio where it got direct sunlight, it was not common to be close to that temperature or above right around noon.