I'm not really sure what I'm doing when it comes to thinking about the layout of the benches etc in the greenhouse. It's actually a greenhouse/potting shed combo, and the purpose is propagation - and drinking tea. Here's a little sketch I did with some ideas. The dimensions of the greenhouse are about 10X14.
Two three-foot wide benches leave a 4 foot space down the middle - rather generous perhaps, but room for things to sit on the floor maybe. I thought a raised bed to the left of the door for planting directly into soil, an open area to right of door for storing tools and other supplies, and a seat for visitors to enjoy a cuppa. On the sunny south facing side at least two racks (one above the other) for seedlings and cuttings. Along the back wall a work surface you could raise on hinges to get at potting materials in bins underneath; and along the north-facing wall, a work surface with a sink, electrical outlets, and shelving above.
I would very much appreciate ideas from people with any knowledge about the best way to layout a greenhouse.
And also what flooring works best. I'm thinking small stones over gopher wire, with a thick rubber mat strip down the middle for comfortable walking.
There will also be some storage behind the greenhouse (i.e. at the top of the picture).
I'd like to have the ability to add misters and bottom heaters as time goes by, to increase success rates. Not sure if it will be needed for most native plants, but I think the mister anyway would be a great help. The commercial nursery space available to the CNPS propagation group has misters and I think it makes a big difference.
Next a few pictures to let you see the current state of reality. As you can see Wood Rat has also been busy building a beautiful fence, bamboo in a redwood frame, that I'll post about in a week or two when it gets closer to completion. It is also a pool fence and has to meet various safety criteria.
From Point 1 on the plan - looking at the glass window side.
Taken from the undeveloped "south garden." This fall I hope to make progress here.
From Point 2 on the plan: View from the pool (potting bench side)
What you don't see in the above is the garden area, also slated for development in fall, to the right of the pool. Here is a shot of that area early in the fence building project.
From Point 3 - View from our neighbor's yard:
You can see our house and the peak of the greenhouse, and the fence, from our neighbor's side. Our neighbors have hundreds of fruit trees and palm trees and South African plants. The strip of fruit trees just behind our new fence is actually shared: half of it is on our side of the property line - the fence is about 10 feet or so inside our property line. Mr. Neighbor is kind enough to look after the trees. We have a gate into the neighbor's property, to get access to the fruit, and also for access to the shared water tank, which is on their property. And also for simple neighborliness and safety in the event of fire - the fire fighters would use our pool water to fight a fire on either side of the fence. Our neighbors are very happy with the new fence which looks quite nice from their side, and we are glad to be able to return the favor of all the nice fruit we can just go pick any time, without having to work for it! What is the saying: good fences make good neighbors!?
So... I'm starting to get excited about "moving in" to the greenhouse, and hope to garner some good ideas from my friends on line and off. By fall I want to be in production!