Greenhouse Growing Tomatoes:
Greenhouse growing can be intimidating. Considering all of the factors like light, heat, ventilation, controls, etc. and how to incorporate them perfectly together to create the optimum gardening environment may seem like a daunting task. But if you choose the right greenhouse brand and do a little research you’ll come to realize that it’s easier then it sounds. Here’s a history lesson of my gardening experience; I have been working for Sunglo for almost 3 years now and before I started working for this wonderful company I had very little growing experience and no greenhouse knowledge what so ever. I grew up working at my aunts nursery watering, and moving plants from greenhouse to greenhouse. I never grew any plants myself or even really thought about it. And I was never aware of how complex the environment was. Like how the cactus greenhouse stayed a perfect 70+ degrees while the smaller cold crop greenhouse was always cooler. I never thought how the fans and shutters were timed to come on at different temperatures and times and what affect the big misting machine had in the tropical greenhouse. Now that I have gained some knowledge I realize there were a lot of components at work to create the atmospheres inside each one of those greenhouses.
Here is my experience with greenhouse growing – Tomatoes:
2015 is my second year growing greenhouse tomatoes from seed! Last year I did not do so well with only 2 plants surviving out of a packet of 70 seeds! My failure was due to a lack of air circulation, nutrients, water and general attention. Lesson learned! This year I have been watching my tomatoes like a hawk.
Here is a comparison of 2014 and 2015.
My 2014 experience was probably common for a lot of beginner gardeners. And I knew it would be a trial and error sort of thing but I was pretty disappointed in these limp little plants. Another factor that inhibited me from successfully growing anything was my access to our outdoor greenhouse. These seeds were started in a indoor greenhouse and then when they were big enough moved outside.
This year I was able to start seeds in the indoor greenhouse and then put them directly in the outdoor greenhouse when they were big enough to be transplanted. I also was lucky enough to receive 4 packs of seeds from a dear customer of mine in Alaska. She sent me a variety of her own seeds to try growing. I also planted some organic seeds from an online store. And I was definitely surprised by the results! I’m still learning, so every year is a new adventure. This year I learned that I should give the seeds more space when planting because some of the roots were bound together and made it difficult to transplant. Now I know!
Below are pictures of the tomatoes growth. I have to say I am pretty proud 🙂
How has your gardening been going this year? Comment below.
Learn some new tomato tips from a Sunglo owner here.
Learn about heirloom tomatoes here.
Anything is possible in a Sunglo greenhouse. From tomatoes to dahlias with our high insulation value and thermostatically controlled ventilation and heating system you can control the environment to your exact needs. Give us a call if you want the freedom of growing in a Sunglo. 425-251-8005.