Autobiography Ballet | Books | Dolls & Costumes | Gardens |


Kinesthetic | Meditation and Prayer | Recipes | Rhythmic Dance |


 Sew for Kids | Sitemap | Spirituality | Stan Schaap | True Spiritual Stories |


 West Coast of America | Yoga


Growing Backyard Hothouse Tomatoes at a Northern Latitude

photos from Stan Schaap and Susan Kramer


Gardens sitemap

Spaghetti Squash in the Home Garden - 52nd Latitude

Pumpkin (Hokkaido orange) experiment in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Compost Leaves in Your City Garden and Build a Trellis Fence


Gardens in Ojai and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

Tomato Factory - small hothouse experiment

Garden Green Roof installation of sedums

Porch, wildlife pond and streambed construction

Greenhouse construction from a kit

Border gardens, guerrilla gardening

Benefits of Gardening Projects for Kids

Birds - Bluetits - Pimpelmezen growing up


Meditation Garden – Design, Layout, Planting


We thought you'd enjoy seeing the tomato greenhouse that started as a cold frame! Last summer we had so much rain that our tomatoes rotted before ripening, so this year we hope to raise them beginning tomorrow in their own greenhouse. Stan designed and built the greenhouse and Susan has raised 12 tomato plants from seed which are now 7 inches tall. We'll add pix to this page later in the summer to share the results of our experiment.


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.
Description: Description: Description: 

2. April 17, 2005. Stan securing the framing to tent-post type anchors buried below the concrete. The walls are made of thin plexiglass.
Description: Description: Description:

3. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

4. Below 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.
Description: Description: Description:

5. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

6. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

7. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

8. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

9. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

10. 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.
Description: Description: Description:

11. 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 :-)
Description: Description: Description:

August 17, 2012 update: We decided to install a real greenhouse after our first experiments were so successful. You’ll find that page at greenhouse construction from a kit. Garden projects are an ongoing challenge for us as we think of new ways to green our garden and help the environment - Susan


email and web site:

photos copyright Susan Kramer 2001-2015