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Tomato Transplanting

almost 3 years ago | February, 24, 2015

This week we were finally able to get our first planting moved from the starter house to one of the main growing greenhouses. It was about a week late due to the cold temperatures, but Saturday it finally reach about 31 degrees and we got them moved and set into the growing buckets were they will spend the remainder of the season. Some of the plants already have flowers opened up on them which means small tomatoes are only about a week away and red, ripe fruit in about seven weeks. Its starting to get pretty busy around here preparing for the season ahead, and its not always easy when its single digits outdoors. I'm glad we have warm greenhouses to spend time in....it makes it tolerable. Today, even though the temperature only reached 5 degrees outdoors, I received a temperature a ...

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Tomato Seeding

almost 3 years ago | February, 3, 2015

December 26, 2014: While most of us are still enjoying Christmas breaks and family get togethers, for us its time to start making preparations for the 2015 season. Today, December 26, the kids and I seeded our first planting of greenhouse tomatoes. Its hard to believe its that time of year already. It doesn't take all that long to do, but careful thought goes into the varieties chosen and how many to seed. After we finish we will place them on germiation mats in the basement and keep them at a toasty 80 degrees for three days. On day four the seeds will have germinated and start sprouting upward. At this time we turn down the temp. to about 65 degrees and turn on the grow light overhead for about 14 hours per day to simulate summer day length. In just three short weeks we will ...

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