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Posted on 30 September 2011 by tomatocasual.com

Green House Tomatoes: The Pollinators Dilemma

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was doing some research on greenhouse tomatoes and found a technique I found interesting and sad.

Greenhouse tomatoes are fertilized in several different ways.

One way is the way I used to use when I was an Agriculture Education instructor and that was just letting nature into my greenhouses.

In the commercial setting, this consists of releasing bumblebees into the greenhouse environment. These insects are short-lived but can be expensive when a new hive has to be purchased every time the greenhouse is cleaned out and new plants brought in.

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Posted on 16 September 2008 by tomatocasual.com

A Temporary Tomato Greenhouse

By Kira Hamman

Here’s a trick I learned from my Mennonite neighbors, who always seem to have ripe tomatoes practically before I even have peas and strawberries.

It works at the end of season, too, keeping tomato plants alive and thriving long after Mother Nature would have them in the compost heap.

You will need:
– Four to eight sturdy wooden tomato stakes
– A large, heavy, clear plastic dropcloth (sold at paint stores)
– A heavy duty staple gun and staples
– Scissors
– An established bed of tomato plants

Here’s what you do:

  1. Drive a tomato stake at each corner of your bed, with an extra at the middle of each side if it’s Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on 29 December 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Fighting Climate Change through Greenhouses

Fighting Climate Change through Greenhouses

By Michelle Fabio

One British tomato-growing company has received great praise for using cutting-edge technology in greenhouses in order to combat climate change all while turning out delicious produce year-round–a first for Britain’s tomato industry.

“John Baarda is a great example to others in the agri-food industry to show how technology can help tackle climate change and save money,” said Richard Ellis, chairman of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) at the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s annual conference recently.
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