SOB wrote:Sorry if I am hijacking this thread. I LOVE your greenhouse and love seeing your pics and I'm debating whether I want to build a small one in the next year or so...
No hijack here, and good questions. Others with more experience hopefully will chime in but here are my thoughts:
Good sunlight (or light) is needed for germination and growth. I started mine on a shelf with a grow light just above them, moved them to five inch peat pots and put them in the greenhouse. As I have said before, the greenhouse location is not ideal but the best I could do. While the leaves are off the trees my greenhouse spot gets some good sun, and that is the time of the year I need it.
That being said, if you will look closely at picture four you will see some "leggy". My tomatoes plants were as healthy looking as they have ever been, lots of leaves, etc, but they were tall. So tall, that I planted horizontal instead of vertical. Soon I will post some pics of the tomatoes in the garden and you can see that this method seems to work well. I had to move three plants and WOW, I could not believe the roots that had already formed on the stem portion of the plant.
Also, along the edge of the greenhouse I have some plants (tomato and squash) that I will leave there to hopefully produce fruit. The amount of sunlight in the greenhouse now has decreased enough that I think the garden tomatoes will have blooms before the ones in the greenhouse. And, though very healty, the GH tomatoes have become quite leggy.
I am definitely pleased with my results, and already have plans on how to make it better. I only had a small electric heater this year, and will run propane for heat next year. I do plan to install the grow lights so the whole process takes place there.
Here are a couple of pictures of the "leggy":