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rusty spade

This is what's kept me busy this week.


 My son insisted he was in one of the pic's


 


 


 some of the greenhouse with the hydroponic set up. as you can see not all of them are occupied.



 some pic's of my raised bed's.

 

 


 Not everyone was so willing to have their pic taken! lol

 

Wow..you must be pleased with your work. It's impressive.

Mark 499

Watch out with the toms, the frost is returning this week.

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rusty spade

Thanks for all your good comments. Its taken me 6 months of back breaking digging to turn this piece of waste land at the bottom of my garden into something productive.

I started my tom's off indoors last December under lights, they have been living in my greenhouse for the last month. I grew them from seeds I got out of the large beef tom's from Tesco's. I'm just fed up with paying 75p for one tomato.  

Mark 499

Looks like you will be able to sell some back to Tesco's

rusty spade

I think i've found what looks to be my first tom of the year. Hmmmmm! lovely 

Dovefromabove

Have you kept a record of the costs?  The lights and power involved, and heating as well as compost etc - I'd be really interested in how much it actually costs to produce a tomato 

Clarington

First tomato already?! Gosh you really have been working hard I'm amazed!

As Dove said I'd be curious to know the costs - I did try to keep a log of money myself, but then I got distracted by something shiny

Busy Bee2

Blimey - I thought I had jumped the gun with mine (which are now like triffids on the annexe windowsill ) but am I right in thinking your greenhouse is heated Rusty??

 

rusty spade

No. it's not heated. but if it was going to be a cold night i would take them into the house and put them back out in the morning. And the light I have is 120w from lightwave. I've put it in a old wardrobe in my bedroom. And the compost is 100% peat moss from Lidle it cost £2 per 35L. The thing that was the most expensive was the wooden planks for the polytunnel, they were £4 per 10 foot. But they are pressure treated and should last a while.  

Busy Bee2

No frost forecast for here next week - lowest temperature at night predicted is 5 degrees.  But I will probably wait till the end of the month before sticking the tomatoes in the greenhouse, except for my trial ones, which are already there and seem to be doing okay.  Foliage gone a bit red - guess that's just their way of hardening up - first leaves going a bit white, but generally bushy and healthy looking.  Don't really mind if I lose them cos I've got too many to cope with anyway. 

Alan4711

Rusty how old r your figs they look great r they from your own cuttings ,if so which way did you do them,iv doing about 25 at the moment in 4 different ways so  im interested how you do them Alan

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rusty spade

No sorry, I bought them from B&Q last year, they were on offer £2 each. so I bought as many as I could fit into the car. I also bought some grape vines for £2, they all just looked like little sticks in pots. But I make my own hydroponic chemicals and it's like magic tonic, It seems to make everything flourish.

Busy Bee2

Gosh Rusty - you would have had a field day at the local GC here then today - lots of stuff to re-invigorate!!  All this talk of trusses and mini tomatoes made me take a closer look at the triffids this afternoon, and sure enough....  Reckon we will have flowers soon.  Oops.

This is one amazing greenhouse garden! What do you grow in your hydroponic system? I could not tell from the picture. Tomatoes? 

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