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    Posted June 28, 2012 by
    MavisGarden
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    gig harbor, Washington
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    From garden to table

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    Help! My Tomato Plant Has Fallen Over!

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Although Seattle resident MavisGarden is a master at home gardening, she's running into some trouble growing tomatoes in her backyard greenhouse. "I think Mother Nature may have forgotten about us up here in the Seattle area," she says. "Typically the tomatoes don't start to ripen until about mid-July in Western Washington, but if it doesn't start to warm up around here soon, we may be tomato-less in Seattle until about mid-August." Any fellow green-thumbed iReporters have some advice for MavisGarden?
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    Although I've grown tomato plants outside in raised garden beds for years, this is my first time trying to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse.

     

    It's not going well.

     

    About a month ago I started seeing black spots on the leaves of my tomato plants. Someone suggested I needed more ventilation.

     

    Holy crap, you mean I was suppose to have the doors open? I had no idea. It never occurred to me to open the greenhouse doors. I thought I was suppose to be trapping the heat inside.

     

    But hey, what do you know... Once I opened the doors and let some fresh air in, I stopped getting black {grey mold} spots on my tomatoes plants.

     

    But now, my tomato plants are so healthy, and have grown so big, they are actually starting to fall over.

     

    Now what? Do I trim the tops of the tomato plants off? Or do I just remove the glass ceiling panels and let the tomatoes grow out the top?

     

    Where is Dear Abby when you need her?

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