Despite the hot temperatures in the hoop house, the tomatoes are maintaining pretty well. It has been in the high nineties outdoors so the hoop house runs 10 to 20 degrees hotter.
I mist the plants during the day to keep the temperatures down, but still have some fried leaves when it got too hot in there. Fortunately the plants are healthy enough they are bearing heavily anyway.
The heat does encourage ripening so I am now getting more tomatoes than we can eat. I use a Vita Mix to puree extra tomatoes to freeze for soups in the winter. That is fast enough I can do it, canning is not anything I have time to manage.
As you can see from the picture, the plants are now 5 and 6 feet tall, reaching for the ceiling in the hoop house. This is quite a change from the early June photos!
Here is a photo of a large Caspian pink tomato. The slices were larger than the slices of bread. Now that is my idea of a great tomato sandwich!
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