1. April 17, 2005. Stan is showing the finished tomato
factory with a front panel that slides out to make tomato pickin'
easier! The unit is against a south-facing wall.
2. April 17, 2005. Stan securing the framing to tent-post type anchors buried below the concrete. The walls are made of thin plexiglass.
4. April 17, 2005. These are 25 liter - 25 quart bags of
compost which Susan is planting the tomatoes into directly - 4 plants
per bag. The 1 foot square paver is the step down into the cold frame.
pix is our window box garden from 2001 - outside our kitchen window in
our apt. in Amsterdam - our first try with tomatoes planted into bags
of store-bought compost. This was a west-facing wall but did not get
direct sunlight - rather, only reflected light from the building
opposite the window.
6. April 18, 2005. About 7pm. Today Susan
planted the 12 tomato plants - see cuts in top of bag for plants - this
idea came from a BBC (British Broadcasting Channel) program.
7. May 8, 2005. The tomatoes are growing
well and the rest of the garden is in a strong Spring growth spurt. A
variety of agapanthus in the foreground.
8. June 12, 2005. A close up of the
tomatoes after 7.5 weeks in the greenhouse. That's Swiss chard in the
garden plot to the left. The tomatoes have blossoms now.
9. June 12, 2005.
A close up of the trellis-pergola made of bangkirai - from
Indonesia, similar to teak. To the left, the fan shaped trellis
is supporting grapes. Below it are strawberries. Going up the left hand
vertical support is the new wisteria plant. To the right in foreground
is mature Swiss chard I'm letting go to seed to be able to plant again.
In the background sitting at the table is Susan.
10. August 12, 2005.
Tomatoes fully grown but still green. At the left is a green bean
teepee with vines that climbed to the top of the plum tree, and just a
little further to the left is the giant sunflower - see next picture.
11. September 10, 2005.
Some or our tomato crop - we harvested 80 tomatoes. We pulled up the
vines and now have red swiss chard growing for winter. We'll put the
top back on soon.
12. September 10, 2005.
This single sunflower (the flower about 5 feet off the ground) to the
left of tomato factory is a natural feeding station to our local
population of coalmees - the largest members in the bluetit
family. See the ripe green beans hanging from the plum tree :-)
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