8. Planting tomatoes in greenhouse

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Today I planted some of the tomato plants into the greenhouse. It is a bit early in Denmark, but it is a part of my experiment to see how it will go. I will transplant more in one or two weeks from now.

Coco coir will expand when added water.
Coco coir will expand when added water.
Expanded coco coir.
Expanded coco coir.
Adding perlite and soil.
Adding perlite and soil.
Mixing soil, coco coir and perlite.
Mixing soil, coco coir and perlite.

Now it is time to put the small plants into the autopots. I really hope they will survive 🙂

The roots are growing out of the pots as you can see in the picture below.

Roots penetrating old newspaper pot.
Roots penetrating old newspaper pot.
Small tomato plants.
Small tomato plants in old newspaper pots.

First a layer of clay pebbles and then the soil mix.

Clay pebbles in the bottom of the autopots.
Clay pebbles in the bottom of the autopots.
The newspaper pot goes down in the soil.
The newspaper pot goes down in the soil.
Small tomato plant.
Small tomato plant in autopot.

In the first week I will water from the top, until the roots are stretching enough to get water from the bottom.

7. Preparing the greenhouse

Long time since the last update. The seedlings are all growing well. In the meantime I am preparing the autopots and the greenhouse.

Some of the autopots, and two 47 L tanks.
Here are some of the autopots, and two 47 L tanks which are connected together.

I will fill the bottom of the autopots with a layer of 3 cm clay pebbles to help the flow and give air to the roots.

I have read it is important to rinse the pebbles in water in 48 hours to ensure they are PH-stable.

Rinsing the clay pebbles.
Rinsing the clay pebbles.

I have also taken one of my tomato plants from the grow closet into the greenhouse to see how it will thrive.

Wilma bush tomato with DIY bottle self-watering system :)
Wilma bush tomato with DIY bottle self-watering system 🙂