An outdoor garden in Canada can be challenging at the best of times. Particularly with cold and unpredictable weather, it requires a great deal of painstaking work and patience.
A greenhouse is a welcome addition to any home because it offers a temperature-controlled area for plants and herbs to thrive all-year-round. In addition to providing homeowners with a garden, a greenhouse adds space to your home and another beautiful room to entertain guests.
A greenhouse allows you to grow an indoor garden that will add a fresh aesthetic to your home and increase its resale value if you plan on selling in the future. Choose a greenhouse with the perfect balance of superior plant growth and enhanced structural design — click here for more info on glass options, heating, cooling devices, and ridge vent options.
If it’s your first time owning a greenhouse or growing plants, tomatoes are easier than other vegetables to maintain — not to mention they’re delicious!
Let’s take a look at the first-steps to growing your own greenhouse tomato garden.
Check the Temperature
Tomatoes grow best at daytime temperatures of 21–27º C and nighttime temperatures of 16–18º C. It’s very important to maintain these temperatures in your greenhouse several months before you actually plant any seeds.
You’ll also need to keep humidity below 90% to prevent excessive mold. Ventilate regularly to bring fresh, dry air into the greenhouse, particularly on cool, cloudy mornings.
Always work with a manufacturer who provides models which allow you to control your environment with Low – E glass, to ensure that your plants are exposed to the right temperature and to encourage health and growth.
Select Your Tomato Variety
There are thousands of tomato varieties, so it’s best to speak with local farmers in your area to find out which ones are best for you. However, it’s important to know that:
- “Indeterminate” tomatoes grow and produce fruit indefinitely, taking advantage of the longer growing season inside a greenhouse. If you don’t have a great deal of space, plant a “determinate” variety, which stops at a certain height.
- Tomatoes marketed as greenhouse varieties grow better in greenhouse conditions.
Select a Growing Medium
Tomatoes can thrive in any well-draining material. You can use a soil-less mix or any of the following options:
- Perlite bags or rock wool slabs
- A 1:1 mix of sphagnum peat moss and vermiculite
- A sterile soil mix
- Install an Irrigation System
Most tomato growers install drip tubing to deliver water to each plant. It helps with keeping them hydrated and healthy.
Book your consultation today with a manufacturer who provides durable and modern greenhouse design. Look for products made with maintenance-free aluminum framing and a unique I-beam profile to ensure maximum strength.
Greenhouses should always be made with the most durable materials in order to meet all building code specifications anywhere in the country. Choose a company with years of experience and expertise.
Start planning your greenhouse garden today and soon you won’t have to buy tomatoes at the grocery store ever again!