I didn’t know.
I didn’t know that failing to put a fan in the greenhouse would give me weak stems on my tomato plants.
I bought an 8′ x 6′ greenhouse this winter from a warehouse club. I figured it would give me an easier start at gardening this year.
For the last few years, I’ve grown my tomato plants from organic seeds. The process was an eyesore in my family room for a few months … the shelving, the 30 containers, the grow lights… The seed starting was supposed to have been easier with a greenhouse.
I bought the greenhouse figuring the set-up in the basement would give the tomatoes a room of their own, and it would provide an environment where I could increase the heat and humidity to which they were exposed.
I started 30 tomato plants and 15 pepper plants from organic seeds in organic soil, and I put them in the greenhouse. They all grew.
I didn’t know I was supposed to put a fan in the greenhouse to simulate gentle breezes.
All of my tomato plants now have weak stems.
Weak stems weren’t something I dealt with when the seedlings were in the family room. I guess the air from the heat vent nearby was always enough to keep them moving.
My tomatoes are now outdoors getting acclimated to the weather, and they’ll go into the garden this week since the nighttime temps are finally resting in the 60s. They have weak stems, but I’ll plant them deep into the soil, I’ll baby them, and I’ll have expectant hope for them to thrive.
Sometimes I really dislike the winds I have to come up against in my own life. I’m fine with gentle breezes, but the winds … I feel as I could do without them.
Winds…you know: challenges, problems, frustrations, heartaches.
As much as I don’t like the challenges, they have made me stronger. Without them, I’d probably be weak — much like my tomato stems.
But, I’m not weak; I am strong.
Someone has planted that within me.