Tomato Planting Time in the Greenhouse
hile I rarely water the outside garden crops, the greenhouses are a different matter. We know we need to irrigate in these growing spaces, so we plant much more intensively in the greenhouses. As with most things, the prep work sometimes takes more time than the actual task at hand. Installing the mulch and soaker hoses took more time than the actual tomato planting. I’ve had good luck with the SRM red plastic mulch with our tomatoes, and found that it is tough enough to get more than one years use, if I’m careful when it is removal time.
My trellis twine is already in place tied off on the purlins, so my plant spacing is already determined. This saves a step in marking the plastic mulch at planting intervals. Once I decide which variety goes where, I can just set out the plants accordingly.
At this point my plants need potting on or planting. The weather report looks to be clear with no chance of frost so I’ve decided to gamble and plant. We will have cool nights for a while yet, but the combination of pre-warmed soil and mulch should provide enough warmth to get the tomatoes off to a good start. If I was to plant outside I would be waiting at least another month, and even then I would not be sure I would harvest many ripe tomatoes by seasons end.
Earlier, we planted small beds of greens in between the spaces where the tomatoes would eventually be planted. These areas will not be mulched, leaving us some room for continued succession plantings of greens.
As the tomatoes grow they make great shade for salad greens even in the heat of the summer. Yesterday I saw a symphylan heading for cover when I planted this Juliet tomato. I suspect I will have a very stunted tomato plant growing here with the most flavorful tomatoes evah. This one spot is notorious for the little creatures and the stress they put on the tomato plant really makes for an odd plant with a tasty set of fruit. Apparently arugula and Senposai greens aren’t to their liking ;)
As always, we’ve got a mix of OP and hybrid varieties. Some new to us and some old reliables.
Planted yesterday indeterminates only:
Costoluto Genovese – Cook’s Garden, Seeds of Italy, Seeds of Change, Salt Springs Seeds and our own saved seed.
Pantano Romanesco – Seeds of Italy, and our own saved seed.
Japanese Black Trifele – Johnny’s.
New GirlF1 – Johnny’s
JulietF1 – Johnny’s
JasperF1 – Johnny’s
SunSugarF1 – Totally Tomatoes
Next tomato planting – determinate varieties.