Production starts in mid-December with seeding flats. Helpful hints and tools: <ul><li>Have seeds, media, flats on hand </li></ul><ul><li>A heated greenhouse </li></ul><ul><li>Germination mats </li></ul>
March Close-up: Spring freeze Date (2007) Soil temp. (°C) Air temp. (°C)
<ul><li>High Tunnel Tomato Varieties </li></ul><ul><li>Traits and characteristics to consider when selecting </li></ul><ul><li>Your market & marketing strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Earliness </li></ul><ul><li>Flavor </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Disease resistance </li></ul>
Polbig Determinate - compact plant Very Early Maturing – 60 day Small to Medium size 8 ounce Globe shaped – pointed end Good tasting Performs well in cool weather
Jetsetter Indeterminate Very Early Maturing – 64 day Medium size 8 to 10 ounce Smooth, flatten, bright red Real tomato flavor Good disease resistance
Bush Early Girl Determinate Very Early Maturing – 65 day Medium size 8 to 12 ounce Smooth, bright red Meaty & flavorful Good disease resistance
Bush Champion Determinate – compact plants Very Early Maturing – 65 day Large 10 to 12 ounce fruits Smooth, bright red Excellent flavor Good disease resistance
Applause Vigorous Determinate Early Maturing – 67 to 70 day Large 10 to 12 ounce fruits Smooth, bright red Good tomato flavor
Staking & Stringing tomatoes improves fruit quality
Pruning or suckering tomatoes improves air circulation and can increase the size of individual tomatoes
One inch of water per week = 1800 gallons of water for a typical high tunnel structure.
Some of the other crops we have growing in our high tunnels include Strawberries. Here you see them in bloom with fruit beginning to ripen.
Pollinating strawberries with a cordless leaf blower
So while we’re busy getting an early jump on summer crops in our high tunnels, they are also providing us with a great selection of produce to have at our early to mid-April farmer’s market!