I’ve received a tremendous amount of gardening advice over the years. As I listen to this advice, my brain automatically sorts it out into different categories. I find I rely on this categorization of advice to avoid falling into the trap of never trying new things because so and so said they’d never work. One of the things I’m always being told is that I won’t have success growing tomatoes without a greenhouse in our climate. I never have trouble figuring out where to file this particular advice, as I started growing tomatoes without a greenhouse in 1994, when I was eleven, in a climate very similar to this one (in Vancouver). 2012 marks my third year growing tomatoes without a greenhouse on Quadra. Now I’m not saying that I don’t desire a greenhouse (I’d step over my own mother for a greenhouse, sorry mother), or that greenhouse tomatoes aren’t better in many ways than field grown ones. I’m just saying that outdoor tomatoes are possible in our climate, with a little care and careful variety selection. I realize this blog post doesn’t prove anything, and that the accompanying photos could be from anywhere, at any time, but you have my word, anonymous reader, that it can be done, and the they are today’s photos. Also, I’ll gladly show our non-greenhouse tomatoes to anyone who cares to visit our garden in person. Call me.
The First (Almost) Ripe Tomato of 2012
- July 21, 2012 – 9:39 pm
- By Ryan Nassichuk