August 30, 2014

Tomato in Its New Space

The last post concerned a Better Boy cutting that has reached 5 feet tall and would be that wide in every direction if it was not in bondage, tied to a PVC pipe in its bucket.

Moving the tomato freed up about 38" x 38" of floor space where it sat just inside the door. I kept brushing against it going in and out which can bruise the leaves.

Squeezing into a space 27"x18" through a tiny gap between the ends of the shelving without breaking a limb was a real trick.  
Limb ends rest against the greenhouse walls. Come cold weather, bubble wrap will protect it from cold if I can work the plastic down the walls.  

Yesterday Alternanthera filled this space.

Two small tomatoes hung on through the move. 
I give it a gallon of water when it was in place.

While it isn't the best location for a tomato, it is the best use of space in a small building. Indeterminate tomatoes tend to vine upward, so the roof's the limit. Right now it's only 5' tall. Lanky limbs can be secured to the posts of the shelf unit beside it. I'll be able to reach the shelves without an obstacle.

Tomatoes in the winter of 2012-2013 were successful for 
fruit but so much in the way. Every year I rearrange. 
There's never a perfect layout.

I looked back to see when I brought in other plants last year. October 10, 2013 I was bringing in the tenderest. 

The tiniest signs of fall are here despite high temperatures. Virginia Creeper and Sassafras are dropping red leaves.  There was fog this morning.  


Alison said...

My indeterminate tomatoes in my greenhouse have reached the roof, and are toppling, despite being tied to supports. They're just not sturdy enough. I love the idea of using PVC pipe, I'm going to try that next year. I haven't done a greenhouse post in a couple of months, I should put one together.

Jean Campbell said...

You might do a little judicious pruning, Alison. Tomatoes pruned by tomato worms come right back if you pick off the cateroukkars, so pruning is an option.

outlawgardener said...

Tomatoes in bondage? I can hear a deep voice singing "Let mah tomatahs go!"

Anonymous said...

I don't use my greenhouse in the summer because of the heat. How in the world are you able to use yours?

Jean Campbell said...

I shade the west end with white plastic party tablecloths, have a mist system with three mist heads and a big exhaust fan on the opposite end from the mist.

I don't put anything in there that isn't a heat lover.

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