If you are considering growing tomatoes for the first time, you may be quite anxious about whether you will survive the winter in your new home or if you are adequately prepared to take care of the whole new situation. This is a very valid concern, and the fact is that there are several ways to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse, especially in Australia. This article will outline a few of the different ways to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse in the winter.
New gardens need to be prepared in advance in order to work without a hitch. This will require careful planning, and most importantly the cooperation of the resident person. This gives you time to buy and prepare the garden, and in some cases, you will need to turn the flowers over to them.
Choosing a container is obviously important, and I recommend that you look at a composting can or other closed containers that are compact, inexpensive, and can take up only a small amount of space. Once you have this decision made, you will need to decide where to put it. Choose a spot where the main source of heat and light is out and free from any obstruction.
You want to spend time in the greenhouse, getting familiar with it, learning how it works, and how to use it. It will be a good idea to hire a gardener or someone who knows about plants in general. This can save you time, money, and has the added benefit of saving you from the nitty-gritty of creating a good place for the garden.
It is important to realize that all plants are more susceptible to damage in the winter when they are not exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. This includes the tomato plant, and the cold, dark conditions make this worse. You must carefully plan where you will place the container so that it gets as much sunshine as possible but doesn’t get as much frost. The dark is the best friend of your tomato plant.
Building the Greenhouse
Soaking the plants in a clean, spongy container filled with water to provide a base, and placing them in the greenhouse during the day is the only way to properly acclimate them. Remember that the plant is designed to be growing upwards. They cannot grow for the season in a conventional manner.
It is also important to follow the instructions of the package for lighting, water, and artificial light. Tomato plants thrive in sunlight and by providing plenty of artificial light to the container during the day. If you have natural sunlight available to you, it is best to use it during the day for maximum effect.
Grow the plants when the weather is warm and provide them with a lot of water. The warmer it is, the better it is for your plants. They cannot be grown at all in direct sunlight.
Use a top dressing of compost or manure for the container and allow the plants to get used to it. Set the tomatoes on top of this, and monitor the soil. You should see a good amount of nitrogen in the soil because this is necessary for healthy tomatoes.
If you are growing a tomato plant from seed, it is probably best to wait until the plants have developed the leaves for their second growth cycle. This makes it easier to get the right amount of sunlight. You can then harvest them later after they have established themselves.
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