Tomato seedlings in 5 liter bottles instead of a greenhouse (Tver region)
GREENHOUSE FOR SEEDLING FROM A PLASTIC BOTTLE OWN HANDS
Seedlings, not only tomato ones, I grow myself all my life. I was younger - I grew high hybrids: they are more productive and much tastier, And now it’s already hard: they have stepchildren apparently, they need high supports, so I’ve been growing early, undersized ones for many years now. Much easier with them.
There are also many such varieties, but the country is huge, the regions are different - different soils, so it is impossible to advise certain varieties.
You just need to grow varieties of your region and not chase unknown curiosities. Any vegetable needs care and knowledge.
We have the North-West, the climate is rather unstable, spring is often late and autumn comes early. In the first decade of June, frosts down to -3° occur. At the height of summer, in July, when everything is waiting for warmth, the nights are suddenly cool, up to 10 °.
I have a small garden - three and a half acres, low, groundwater lies very close. Personally, I love these varieties: Openwork about 70 cm high and a new variety for me Easter Egg (probably this is a popular name, but it is already quite famous).
And also Sanka and Snegir. I liked the latter very much: there are almost no stepchildren, low, unpretentious, decent fruits, up to 150 g, props require very low ones. And the Easter egg is perfect for blanks, even liter jars are suitable for it. Openwork is good because its fruits weigh about 200 g, very sweet, fleshy.
The Miracle of the Lazy Man has also proven itself well - also an early and undersized variety, ideal for adjika and marinade. But I did not like the Mongolian dwarf. Allegedly, it grows lying down, it does not require props, but the tops rot, the fruits rot, phytophthora attacks it faster, the tomatoes are small and not at all tasty.
And now about the most important thing that I wanted to talk about.
This is a very big relief for us old people. I finally stopped dancing over these tomato beds, less fuss with them - and a better harvest. Now I plant seedlings like this.
First, I water the holes abundantly (with spring fertilizers). A week later, I spill it again when the seedlings take root. In two weeks I put sticks. And immediately upon planting (the seedlings are small), I cover them with five-liter bottles with a cut off bottom.
If they are deepened 5 cm into the ground, this will also become an excellent protection against the bear: it will rest against plastic, and it will not have enough brains to get around it or go deep.
And my seedlings sit in these canisters until it is warm, it fills the entire container. It's getting warm - I put sticks, I take off the cans, and that's it. I don’t water, I don’t feed, I just mulch and wait for the harvest: the varieties are early.
It’s good to sow basil with tomatoes on the edge: they are great friends, they help each other. Sometimes it rains, and that's enough for the tomatoes. My garden is extreme, there are a lot of herbs for mulch.
Last summer was a little strange: sometimes hot, sometimes rainy. Interestingly, a lot of vegetables were born - carrots, beets, and potatoes. But! All this was very small.
If the potato was born at least medium (100 g), it would have found a use. But in my case, it has grown not the size of a chicken egg, but the size of a yolk ... These are miracles.
But no matter how small our potatoes are, they are still better than Egyptian ones: they have to be boiled for an hour and a half, and they are completely tasteless!
Well, that's about all I wanted to share. You know, the less stomp, the greater the harvest. For us (those who are already over 80), this is very important. We don't have much gunpowder in our powder flasks...
Reference by topic: Using plastic bottles in the garden - my life hacks and tips (compilation 3)
GREENHOUSE FROM PLASTIC BOTTLE OWN HANDS
© Author: Lyudmila Fedorovna SAVKINA. Novozavidovsky village, Tver region
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I plant tomato seedlings in 200-gram cups. In the 20th of February (in a month) I dive into the greenhouse. From April 1 to April 10, I take out the seedlings with a clod of earth and plant them every 10 cm (20 cm between rows), put arcs, cover with non-woven material, then with a film. On top of any white material. A month later, I plant tomatoes in a spacious greenhouse. Seedlings are strong, hardened, not overgrown.
About planting in separate holes, about mud when watering, about the fact that you have to dig in two or three steps (although, I think, no one digs a bed so many times), and talks about his agricultural technology.
I don't see any difficulty. In the greenhouse I plant only tall tomatoes, and in open beds, undersized and medium varieties. I dig, make holes with a shovel, add vermiculite, ash, 1 tsp. superphosphate, mix everything with my hand and plant the seedlings to the depth of the cup in which it grew. Immediately I drop a plastic bottle with the neck cut off at the bottom, and I fall asleep with my hands. I water and feed directly into the bottle - nutrition immediately goes to the roots of tomatoes.
There is no dirt, and it is not necessary to loosen, since the earth is not compacted. I put the arcs, I put on the film. Everything is very simple and fast.
And before, about six years ago, when I didn’t use bottles, I simply spudded tomatoes along the garden, and I got two ditches into which I watered.
Yes, you need to store stakes and bottles somewhere, but they do not take up much space. I fold the stakes, tie them up and put them behind the bathhouse. I also have a bookcase where I put the bottles. And since I have a lot of them, they are in two more bags of cat food. Places are kept to a minimum. I think everyone has some kind of nook. Five-liter bottles (they all come with handles) I string on a rope and hang on a fence