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Apr 28, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yes, the tomatoes will go right into the ground... Big Grin
I'm not using plastic because what we really need up here is wind protection, so I'm using 30% shade cloth instead in hopes that will work: allow enough sun, permit some air movement, prevent heat/humidity build-up & hence blight on the 'maters, protect from hail, & allow the plants to receive whatever rain falls. I've got a suspicion the black shade fabric may also raise the temp a bit, but that's just speculation at this point.

I've got a high tunnel already, & find the monitoring of it a pain in the neck. With proper variety selection, I can grow almost all of what we eat w/out it. Of course, weather depending. Last year no one in the area got more than a handful of ripe tomatoes, can't even say why. Our thermometer said we had enough warm nights, & tho' we had a long cold spring, when it did warm up it was warm, plenty of sun. Confused It's a mystery to everyone I've talked to.

So far this looks to be a good 'mater year, thank heavens. We're out of our own home grown canned & were reduced to buying supermarket. Chard, however.... 2010 goes down as a record chard year! Blinking
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.

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