A nursery bed is a small portion of land prepared for raising seedlings before transplanting them.
A seed bed on the other hand is a piece of land which has been prepared and is ready to receive the planting materials where they can grow up.
Note. A nursery bed is always one meter wide and of any length.
Importance of a nursery bed
- Many seedlings can be prepared in a small area.
- Makes it easy to carryout routine management practices
- Provides the best conditions for growth i.e fine till
- Small seeds can be planted to develop into strong seedlings that are easy to plant
- Ensures transplanting of healthy and vigorous seedlings
- Excess seedling may also provide a source of income for the farmer when sold.
- It reduces time period of growing the seeds so marketing happens earlier at higher prices.
Factors to consider when selecting a site for a nursery bed
- Water source:
Nearness to water sources makes watering easy.
- Type of soil
The soil should be deep, fertile and well drained.
Gentle slopes are preferred to avoid erosion and flooding.
The site should be well protected from wild animals, birds and thieves.
- Sheltering / shelter
But the place of the site should be sheltered well with wind brakes in order to prevent the strong wind from causing damages to the seedling.
A nursery bed should not be made a site where the previous crop grown belonged to the same family.