is there anyway I can grow Tomatoes in the winter?
I need to know because I run a pizza hut, and I'm sure that I could
stand up on every other
restaurant if only I could use my own tomato sauce with my own
My wife grows winter tomatoes in the greenhouse for our salads but
you'd need a pretty big greenhouse to supply all of your tomatoes for
making sauce over the winter, wouldn't you? You'd have to do some
backwards calculations from how many pounds of tomatoes you need each
week and the expected yield in pounds per plant to derive the number
of plants needed. Heating a greenhouse isn't cheap so producing your
own might not be economically viable.
I find winter hot house tomatoes not as good as summer garden grown
tomatoes. A friend has a greenhouse house and the winter grown tomatoes
are no where near as good as those grown in the summer. I am not sure
why it is that way. Perhaps not as much sun, city water instead of rain,
the outside breeze??? I find my own homemade canned tomatoes taste
better that those so called freshly grown in a green house during the
winter. Some day I will learn to make my own sun-dried tomatoes, I like
If you own/run a franchise, a you allowed to change the menu?
Enjoy Life... Dan
You know where they came from and how they were treated, but do they
taste different, after being cooked and seasoned and turned into tomato
sauce. If you were serving an uncooked tomato sauce, there would be a
little more justification.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.
Essentially you need suitable temperature and light. The amount of trouble
you would have to go to depends on where you live. At Atherton not so much
at Tromso quite a lot.
How long is daylight at mid winter? What is the air temperature range from
day to night on a typical winter's day?
> On Feb 19, 7:40*am, "aluckyguess" snipped-for-privacy@-yahoo.com wrote:-
So far you have received a lot of good advice.
Traditionally, like many of our foods, tomatoes are a summer crop. You
can find ways to increase your season from earlier in Spring to later in
the Autumn with the aid of heating and lights and this may help increase
My advice would be to do as people have been doing for centuries and
produce enough for the winter season throughout the summer, make your
sauces in the autumn and preserve them in jars ready for use when you
need them. As others have so rightly said, growing tomatoes throughout
the winter can be costly in heat and light and the results tend not to
be as flavourful as summer crops mainly because the light quality is
poorer so there is less energy available to create sugars in the fruit.
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