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CLEAR PLASTIC TOTE GREENHOUSE
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Lark
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April 2, 2013 - 6:20 am

This is what I am using for my seedlings that do not want to be cold at night. They can't be put on the ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE because they don't like how cold the garage is at night. So using this method makes it easy for me to bring into the house at night. In these totes I have my tomatoes, basils, peppers...warm season crops. I will transfer them to the ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE once the GARAGEDSC04650.JPGImage Enlarger stays in the high 40's or low 50's at night. Plus it hardens them off, since the plastic is not really really clear and they don't stay out all day.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 7, 2014 - 7:52 pm

This year I have 7 clear totes. I like this method for my seedlings and young plants.  If the weather is 40F and above I keep the tops off of the 'COOL SEASON' plants. I keep the covers ON THE WARM SEASON plants...tomatoes, peppers, rosemary and my lavender. But I must be around to watch so the totes with the cover on, don't heat up too much. If they start getting too hot, I crack the cover open a little. They are easy to bring into the house at night. This keeps the plants at 60F and above during the night, which all the plants like.  Growing in the totes also acclimates the plants to the sunlight and they are ready sooner to get into the gardens.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 5, 2014 - 5:32 pm

The clear totes are working out very nicely for me. Easy to lift and bring in the house at night. Check out my latest video to see how the seedlings are doing.  :0)

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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March 15, 2016 - 8:12 pm

Lark, I have a question about clear tote greenhouses.  At what daytime temps do you take the totes out to your deck?  Do you only do it on bright sunshine days?  I took mine outside two sunshine days last week and this week is overcast and they are predicting snow .  But after Thursday we are supposed to have sunshine again but the temperature just barely 40.  Can I put them out again?  That seems too low.

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Lark
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March 16, 2016 - 9:03 am

With the WARM SEASON PLANTS, if the temps are above freezing the the sun is shining, I put the totes out WITH THE TOPS ON.  They will heat up.  I check them so they are not TOO HOT.  If they are too hot, I open the top  A CRACK to let out some heat.

If the temps are in the 40's, sunny or cloudy, I put the COOL SEASON plants out with the top OFF. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 25, 2016 - 6:09 pm

Carol Jean, here is a pic of the taller tote which holds the more mature tomatoes and peppers.  In a couple of weeks I will be starting to 'top' the taller tomatoes. If it is sunny but cool outside, I crack the top a few inches.  The warmer it gets the bigger the crack. I take the top off if it gets really warm, 60's F and up.   002.JPGImage Enlarger004.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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