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Geothermal Greenhouse tomatoes in NW Missouri

Yesterday I visited a geothermal greenhouse to see the progress of the plants inside.   These tomatoes, 5 different varieties if I remember correctly, were planted back in the first week of April.  They’re easily 3 times the size of my own tomatoes that are growing outdoors.

Tomatoes grown vertically using the Mittleider method

Spaghetti squash is growing like mad 

One of our favorite vegetables has become spaghetti squash over the last year.  The children are very picky eaters and I was amazed when I gave them a sample of spaghetti squash and they asked for more.

This year we are going to grow two crops of the spaghetti squash with the second one being in the in the garden green house.  The first crop is out in the soil and many of the plants are already over 8 feet tall.  Here is just one of the many squash growing in our garden.

Growing spaghetti squash vertically in a Mittleider garden

Smoothie section of the garden is doing well

The Swiss chard and kale are both doing well in the garden, I like to call it the smoothie section of the garden.  A couple times a day I go out and clip some of each and take it right inside to the little blender to make one of my favorite smoothies.  It is getting ahead of me and is going to need pruning soon.   If I can’t find someone to take what we prune then it will go into the freezer.

Stringing up the tomatoes to grow vertically

We’ve got half a bed of tomatoes in the garden that needed twine to train them to grow vertically.  The tomatoes are planted 9 inches apart and alternate which direction they will be trained to grow.  Growing them this way ensures they will get adequate light and space when trimmed properly.  

We will also be growing other things vertically in this manner such as cucumbers, squash, pole beans and melons. 

Planting carrots in sand and sawdust 

  Our soil is has lots of clay and it makes any type of tuber grow funny.  This year I decided to try to grow carrots in a custom soil mix.  We are trying two heirloom varieties this year in a section of our 30 foot long grow box.  

We mix our carrot seeds in with dry sand and then pour the sand into the area we want the carrots to grow. The carrot seed is added into a mason jar at one part seeds to 100 parts of sand and mixed thoroughly.   For our purpose we added 1/2 a teaspoon of carrot seeds to 1 cup of sand.  

In the picture below you can see the sand that was applied in a row just over the top of the seed packs.  The one cup of sand and seeds ended up being 10 feet long once applied.