One of the “must have” features in a high-yield production garden is a protected structure. A place in the garden that gets bright, filtered light, is protected from wind and precipitation, has space for growing and easy access.
Why is this type of area important? Here are my top 3 reasons.
1. A protected space is ideal for seedling production. In warm weather, seedlings may be started on a grow bench. In the spring, the area serves as a transitional, hardening off area for seedlings or purchased plants. Plants will acclimate to the outdoor conditions without getting beat up from wind and rain.
2. Many types of potted plants including mints, microgreens, and cilantro are not well suited to growing in the direct sun. The filtered light provided by a properly designed grow structure provides the ideal light for these plants.
3. A well-designed protected area provides a multitude of uses including summer growing space, fall and winter storage area, space for spring plant staging , vertical grow space, even a compost bin. That’s a lot of bang for the buck!