Okay. Again, I kind of try to avoid the “hey, look what I can grow!” bragging, but…you know my secret desire for all of you to become greenhouse/hoophouse/high tunnel/polytunnel owners. And as another form of encouragement, I give you 2.75 lb. Big Buddha.
This is a Brandywine tomato. I put all the big tomatoes in the greenhouse this year, and all the paste tomatoes outside in the gardens. My rationale is this: even though they grow well for me outside, I figured the big tomatoes would love life indoors even more. Outdoors, see, I practice Tough Love. I never water outdoor tomatoes (we usually have rain anyway) and my only maintenance of the outdoor ones is to hack them down and tie them up, and mulch, and maybe pick off a tomato hornworm or two; except for harvesting, I completely ignore them. This lack of water means I have nice nonjuicy tomatoes, which is what I want for paste anyway. In the greenhouse? Water every 3-4 days, some tying up, no mulch. More fawning attention, more love. I even have been known to talk to these plants!
Big Buddha isn’t really that big. This is a typical 4x/week harvest from the greenhouse.
And I have been rewarded. Everything is growing so well in there: peppers especially. The big tomatoes in the greenhouse are huge this year. And, unlike previous outdoor years of catfaced, only-a-mother-can-love-them big tomatoes, the greenhouse ones have been uniformly perfect. Scarily uniformly State Fair blue ribbon-winner perfect. Not that I am bragging.
Again, I tell you this to goad you: it’s not look what I can do, it’s look what YOU can do…
- see link above Greenhouses, Etc., all posts labeled “greenhouse” and:
- D.I.Y. hoophouse from Mother Earth News
- Portable hoophouse
- Eliot Coleman’s low tunnels at MOFGA
- The place I got my greenhouse kits
- The place I got my rowcovers (Reemay, season extension)
- and, above all, the book to get you going