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Getting back into SFG again ( question)

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Getting back into SFG again ( question)

Post  1orangething on 3/23/2013, 9:33 pm

I live near Tampa Fl. Is it possible to use a well ventilated greenhouse during the summer months for tomatoes, cukes, peppers?
Last summer I lost a lot of tomatoes due to excessive rain. I was quite discouraged. I am going to do fresh MM again. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks :scratch:

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Re: Getting back into SFG again ( question)

Post  Triciasgarden on 3/23/2013, 11:44 pm

This is coming from my thoughts, not experience. Since you are in Florida, I think it would get too hot, even with the greenhouse fully ventilated. I know at my mom and pop garden center they have the commercial greenhouses and have air conditioners going when it is too hot for the seedlings and probably us customers. Some other ideas I can think of quickly would be to plant where you have some sort of patio cover, where you get enough light but not the torrential rains. Or maybe make some sort of frame that would be larger than your bed and when there is a chance of too much rain, you can put a cover over it made out of maybe canvas that is water proof. I'm sure others may be able to come up with some ideas.

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Post  camprn on 3/24/2013, 7:19 am

In the bed with the drowned tomatoes, was there Mel's Mix? Did you use some type of liner in the bed? Perhaps poor drainage was part of the issue.


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Post  1orangething on 3/24/2013, 11:46 am

Camprn: Yes I followed MM to the T and used weedblock under the 2x6 raised bed. We had almost 9 days of non-stop rain. Hope you get this message, I am relearning all over again. Happy to be back on the SFG Forum Very Happy

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Post  1orangething on 3/24/2013, 11:52 am

Triciasgarden: I can see how the greenhouse would be way too hot in our summer months here. I did make the beds with a hoop frame in case of frost. Your ideas gave me a plan to use framework to cover just the top in case of excessive rain. Thanks

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Wifey's solution to your problem.....

Post  elwowee on 5/12/2013, 12:16 am

We were enjoying homegrown tomatoes last summer...probably our best ever....when the radar showed a HUGE storm coming and the local stations were forecasting 3 inches of rain. She ran out...picked every single tomato with even a hint of a blush and stored them in our greenhouse. All the green ones were left on the plants....tolerated the extra rainfall nicely...and had plenty of time to work through the heavy "watering". Every single one she head picked earlier, we either ate, gave to friends or canned. Nothing wasted. All in all, last summer WAS our best year ever...and her idea has been our ONLY successful avoidance of the frequent Southeast's big thundershowers. Pick 'em when they're pinkish and let 'em ripen out of the rain...worked for us. She was alert as heck and had a great idea! Good luck down there....elwo


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Post  1orangething on 5/12/2013, 11:07 am

Elwowee, that is a good solution to saving the tomatoes Very Happy
I am going to use wood & 5 mil sheeting over a hoop frame. This way, I can have a greenhouse on demand or a heavy rain protector.

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