Southwest Gardening forum: Tomato greenhouses

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Mar 31, 2010 7:07 PM CST
In today's NYT: So far I haven't found any of the g'house tomatoes to be especially flavorful but it seems they're working on that. It's just the gargantuan size of these things and the humongous amounts of resources they use that is so interesting - and somewhat dismaying. Just another reason, I guess, to keep trying to grow tomatoes.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
May 2, 2010 8:23 AM CST
It's a fun article! I, too, am usually very disappointed in store-bought tomatoes. I have sometimes had campari tomatoes from Costco that I enjoyed in salads.

So far I've spent an unmentionable amount of money on soil amendments, seeds, seed-starting equipment, and beautiful stone raised beds. If all my tomato plants were to produce this year, I don't think I could bring the average price down to that of the much-storied $64 tomato. I'm still waiting to produce my first home-grown tomato here in Prescott.

In that light I wonder whether, perhaps, there is a kind of efficiency to the mega-greenhouses that we might grudgingly admire.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.

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