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  • Building a Tomato House

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    Suds
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    I'm thinking about building a tomato house and want to know what y'all think. Here's my plan:

    I want to build it out of cedar 2×6's and I'm thinking that it will be about 6' long x 5' tall by 3' deep. The South facing front will mostly be 1/4" clear plexiglass – same goes for the top, which will be hinged so I can open it on warm summer days. I'll probably put some weed barrier down and then fill it (1-foot deep) with a mixture of worm castings and organic compost.

    What do you think? I'm hoping that it will house at least 3 plants. Do you think that my soil mix is too rich for tomatoes? Anything I'm missing?

    #13809 Reply

    Stinky
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    Suds – Looks good to me! Tomatoes like rich, well-drained soil – so I think your fine. You may also want to add some fertilizer before planting. Just make sure that it's balanced – too much nitrogen and you'll end up with large plants and few tomatoes.

    How are you going to get into the tomato house? You will want easy access.

    #13810 Reply

    Suds
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    Ahhh, good call! I'm gonna' hinge the front plexiglass panel so that I can get to the goods easily. I originally thought that I could just reach down through the top of the house – but that would make reaching the lower tomatoes tough. Hinging the front should help if I need to increase air circulation too.

    #13897 Reply

    Anonymous

    Did you construct the tomato house? If so can you post pictures?
    Thanks,
    Jon

    #13927 Reply

    Anonymous

    I want to build a Tomato House too! I am building a regular Greenhouse right now, I want to start on the Tomato House next. I will have to reread this thread before I begin! Also I have heard Tomatoes don't like ultra violet light, anyone know if this is true? (I'm going to do web research on this to see what I can find out)

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