Nursery bed is a place of high land for raising of Seedling and is made with pillar bricks and furrows etc. It is just like a seed bed. This place is selected for planting of cutting, layers, grafts instead of seed sowing.
Preparation of nursery bed
For raising of seedlings two types of nursery bed is prepared in the nursery.
1. Bed for direct raising of Seedling.
2. Bed for rising of seedlings in the poly bags.
1. Bed for direct raising of Seedling: At first land should be prepared for making a bed. For this land is to be ploughed and the grasses arc to be rooted out and the debris should be removed down the clods. If the soil is bad for making a nursery bed then fertile soil brought out from other location, maybe mixed with it thoroughly.
So, one cubic meter (m3) cow dung or compost is required for each of 10 square metres of nursery bed and 1.5 kg of urea, TSP and MP at the ratio of 4:2:3 are mixed with the soil of bed. The surface of land is to be levelled.
The bed should be height of 10 to 15 cm by making furrows/drain in and around the bed. The edge of bed is to be bounded. Post of wood or bamboo with a height of 30 to 35 cm is to be settled down vertically to the Soil around the bed.
Therefore, the branches of bamboos to be attached with the post. The edge of Bed can also be made with bricks.
2. Bed of rising of Seedling in poly bag: The terms of polybag, the land is not to be ploughed. The surface layer is to be levelled by earthing up of soil in the middle portion of two beds with a height of 10 to 15 cm. Then the edge is made up of bed. The edge of bed can be made with bricks or bamboo.